US President Donald Trump on Friday said he was considering declaring a national emergency to find funding for the border wall after a White House meeting with Democrats that both sides described as contentious.

The President also told Democrats the partial shutdown of the federal government caused by the funding stalemate could go on “for a very long period of time, months or even years”. But he was hoping it would end sooner.

The President also confirmed, in response to a question, he was indeed considering declaring a national emergency. “I may do it,” he said. “But we can call a national emergency and build it very quickly. And it another way of doing it. But if we can do it through a negotiated process, we’re giving that a shot.”

He didn’t explain. But under authority, the administration can move some money from the military budget for construction work for projects it deems necessary.

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