Trump Says ‘I’m Proud To Shut Down Government’ To Schumer, Pelosi

Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump declared he is proud to shut down the U.S. government over funding for his proposed southern border wall if Democratic lawmakers will not give him his requested 5 billion dollars, in a fiery Oval Office meeting Tuesday.

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck,” Trump declared. Democrats have said that they will only go so far as to give Trump 1.3 billion dollars for border security funding in the latest spending bill, while Republicans have said the president must get at least 5 billion.

The two sides have been at an impasse for nearly a month of negotiations with the deadline coming the Friday before Christmas.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: U.S. President Donald Trump (2R) talks about border security with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (R) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as Vice President Mike Pence sits nearby in the Oval Office on December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 11: U.S. President Donald Trump (2R) talks about border security with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (R) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as Vice President Mike Pence sits nearby in the Oval Office on December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Congress has already funded nearly three-fourths of the government and a partial shutdown would lessen the stakes involved over negotiations.

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