President Trump on Wednesday stood by his demand for more than $5 billion in border wall funding ahead of a meeting with congressional leaders aimed at ending the partial government shutdown.
“The United States needs a physical barrier,” Trump said during a Cabinet meeting. “It needs a wall.”
Trump said government agencies could remain closed for “a long time” and stated he will keep them shut down “as long as it takes” to secure wall funding.
During remarks that lasted more than 90 minutes, the president blamed the shutdown on Democrats, who have repeatedly turned down his requests for money to build his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.