We just completed a lengthy and sometimes contentious conversation with the President. We agreed that we will continue our conversations, but we recognize on the Democratic side that we really cannot resolve this until we open up government, and we made that very clear to the President.>> So we told the President we needed the government open, he resisted.
In fact, he said he'd keep the government closed for a very long period of time, months or even years.>> Mr. President, Senator Schumer came out and said that the meeting, from his point of view and Speaker Pelosi's was contentious. He also said you said in the meeting, this is him quoting you, I just wanna check, that the shutdown could go on for months, or even a year or longer.
Did you say that, and is that your assessment of where we are?>> I did, I did, I did say that, absolutely I said that. I don't think it will, but I am prepared and I think I can speak for Republicans in the House and Republicans in the Senate.
They feel very strongly about having a safe country, having a border that makes sense.>> Did the Democrats move at all in your direction on funding of a border barrier?>> Well I don't wanna get into that, because I don't wanna put them in a position where they have to justify anything to a lot of the people that they have to make happy.