President Donald Trump on Friday claimed to have spoken to several unpaid federal employees who approved of his decision to shut down the federal government until he gets funding for his proposed border wall that he promised to get Mexico to pay for.
“I’ve been in this magnificent structure behind you, it’s called the White House and I was here on Christmas, I was here, my family was in Florida. I said go to Florida. I didn’t even find it to be a lonely place. There’s something special about the White House,” Trump told reporters during the Rose Garden press conference.
“A lot of people that you think are upset and certainly they’re not thrilled, but they say, ‘Sir, do the right thing, we need border security,’ and these are people who are not getting paid,” Trump claimed.
“Border Patrol yesterday was saying, sir, we’re affected by it. Do what is right. It’s time. This is after many, many decades, many decades. This should have taken place a long time ago. We’re going to get it done,” Trump added.
Trump also threatened to keep the government closed for “months or even years,” or as long as it takes to get funding his wall.