“Following a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House, President Trump confirmed to reporters that he said he would be willing to keep the government shut down for “a very long period of time, months or even years.”
“The state of play: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there is no way the government would reopen before Tuesday, since members would need to be in town to vote. The Senate has already adjourned and the House is out of session for the weekend. It’s the 14th day of the shutdown.”
Amply be-chinned Mitch is running cover. He can call them back for a vote in a heart beat, but he won’t.
UPDATE 1: Axios, again –
President Trump confirmed an ABC News scoop during a press conference Friday afternoon, telling reporters he has considered declaring a national emergency in order to get funding for the border wall.