President Donald Trump confirmed that he told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he is willing to keep the U.S. government shut down for “months or even years” until he gets funding for his border wall, which he claimed Mexico would pay for (more video below).
Schumer broke the news to reporters outside the White House after meeting with Trump, notes ABC News.
“Absolutely I said that,” Trump affirmed after the meeting while standing next to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, notes CNN. “I don’t think it will, but I’m prepared.”
The Washington Post reports that senior Trump officials will get a $10,000 raise amid the government shutdown:
While many federal workers go without pay and the government is partially shut down, hundreds of senior Trump political appointees are poised to receive annual raises of about $10,000 a year.
The pay raises for Cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries, top administrators and even Vice President Pence are scheduled to go into effect beginning Jan. 5 without legislation to stop them, according to documents issued by the Office of Personnel Management and experts in federal pay.