President Donald Trump threatened to keep the USA government partially shut for months or years on Friday after he and Democratic leaders failed to resolve their dispute over Trump's request for $5.6 billion to build a wall on the Mexican border.
On the first day of the new session of Congress on Thursday, the House passed a spending bill package that would reopen the government by funding the closed portions through September 30, minus DHS, which would only be funded through February 8. But its prospects are grim in the Republican-led Senate, which previously approved similar measures on the floor or in committee but has since fallen in line with Trump's demands for funding for the border wall.
Speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden afterward, Trump confirmed he "absolutely" said he'd keep the government closed that long. "It's called a national emergency". I may do it.
President Trump is considering a plan to misuse an emergency authority and divert substantial resources from our military to build a wall on the southern border. And it's another way of doing it.
Emergency powers have been invoked by previous US presidents during times of war.
San Diego County's congressional representatives emailed comments to 10News regarding the president's statements.
Trump's wall project is estimated to cost about $23 billion.
"A dollar?" Pelosi said, laughingly. "It's not who we are as a nation" - she then targetted President Trump as "a master of diversion".
Credit rating agency Moody's said the shutdown will cause minimal US economic and credit market disruption but there could be a more severe impact on financial markets and the broad economy if the closure is protracted.
Trump is set to meet top Democratic lawmakers Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in a bid to break the long impasse. He has since said they are responsible.
I am adamantly opposed to President Trump using an unwise, weak, and irresponsible legal gimmick to circumvent Congress and the American people's opposition to using taxpayer money for the construction of an unnecessary wall.
The second part of the package would fund federal agencies that are now unfunded, such as the Justice, Commerce and Transportation departments, through September 30, the end of the federal fiscal year.