Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and other Democrats went back to the White House on Friday for another meeting about resolving the government shutdown.
Democrats walked in expecting Trump to cave in and reopen the government.
But Schumer had no idea what Trump was about to hit him with.
Democrats figured that the longer the shutdown lasted, the more the pressure would build on Trump to fold on his demands for five billion in wall funding.
Some weak-kneed Republicans like Colorado Senator Cory Gardner and Maine Senator Susan Collins already began to break ranks.
So Democrats thought they held the upper hand.
But that all changed when Schumer and Pelosi walked into the White House.
Trump told the Democrats he was willing to keep the government shutdown for years.
Schumer now says Trump “said he’d keep the government closed for a very long period of time — months or even YEARS.”
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) January 4, 2019
This is not the normal government shut down.
Trump refused to back down as Republicans have in the past.
Even though Democrats dug their heels in and opposed any wall funding, Trump and the GOP hold all the cards.
That’s because Republicans in the Senate can block any bill from a vote that does not include border wall funding.
And Trump needs to sign any legislation to reopen the government.
So Democrats have to meet Trump on his turf and provide funding for the wall in order to end this standoff.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.