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Trump threatens to keep 800,000 workers without pay for months or even years

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America   President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump told congressional leaders that he would keep the federal government closed for “months or even years” amid a dispute over border wall funding.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said that during a contentious and nearly two-hour meeting inside the White House situation room, Democrats told Trump: “We needed the government open.”

“He resisted,” Schumer said. “In fact, he said he’d keep the government closed for a very long period of time, months or even years.”

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