During his press conference with reporters in the White House Rose Garden, NBC’s Hallie Jackson asked President Donald Trump if he is proud of the partial government shutdown that he said he would take for credit last year.
“Are you still proud to own this shutdown,” she asked.
“Well, you know, I appreciate the way you say that, but once — I’m very proud of doing what I’m doing,” Trump replied. “I don’t call it a shutdown. I call it doing what you have to do for the benefit and for the safety of our country. When [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, ‘You don’t have the votes in Congress,’ I will tell you what I was proud of, I was never more proud of my Republican Party and those congressmen and women when they saw that and they got together and they voted 217 to 185 and it wasn’t even close. That was an incredible day.”
Saying he and his team will be working hard over the weekend to end the shutdown, Trump said he doesn’t care what the media calls it.
“So you can call it whatever you want. You can call it the Schumer or the Pelosi or the Trump shutdown, doesn’t make any difference to me. Just words,” he said.
Earlier in the press conference, Trump confirmed that he told the Democrats that while he does not hope the shutdown goes on for very long, it could last for months or even years.
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