President Donald Trump on Friday said he told Democrats earlier in the day that he would keep the government partially closed for years, or as long as it takes to get funding for his proposed border wall.
Trump also asserted that he had the authority to declare a national emergency and build the wall without congressional approval.
In comments delivered from the White House Rose Garden, Trump painted a different picture from Democrats about a two-hour meeting that took place between the president and top Democrats.
Trump described the meeting as "very productive" and said he had designated a group to advance talks over the weekend.
Democrats described the negotiation as "contentious" and showed little optimism about ending a partial government shutdown.
Trump threatened to keep nine U.S. departments closed "for a very long period of time — months or even years" — until he gets the funding, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.
"Absolutely, we could call a national emergency because of the security of our country," Trump said. »