President Trump addressed reporters Friday following a meeting with top Democrats on negotiating an end to the two-week-long partial government shutdown. 

Trump stood firm on his demand for $5 billion in funds for border security, including for a border wall, as the two sides remain far apart. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer exited saying Trump told them "he’d keep the government closed for a very long period of time, months or even years."

Trump said he would not characterize the meeting as "kind" or "easy," revealing that the topic of impeachment came up. 



"I said, Why don't you use this for impeachment?' Nancy said, 'We're not looking to impeach you.' I said, 'That's good, Nancy, that's good," said Trump, repeating there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russians. 

Trump said he is not concerned with whether the shutdown is blamed on him or Democrats. 

"I'm very proud of doing what I'm doing. I don't call it a shutdown, I call it doing what you have to do for the benefit and safety of our country. ... You can call it whatever you want. You can call it the Trump or the Schumer or the Pelosi shutdown, doesn't make any difference to me. It's just words," he responded to NBC News' Hallie Jackson. 

He said he was "never more proud" than when House Republicans voted to support the border security funds before the bill failed in the Senate, triggering the shutdown. 

Watch the clip above. 


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