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Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi square off as President threatens to use emergency powers to get wall built

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Mr Trump’s comments came after he and Democratic leaders failed to strike a deal in sometimes combative talks to end the partial shutdown of the US Government.

Emerging after more than two hours of talks as the shutdown hit the two-week mark, Mr Trump told reporters he could use executive authority to build the border wall, but wanted to try to negotiate it with Congress.

“I can do it if I want. We can call a national emergency. I may do it.”

And he confirmed he had told top Democrats he was prepared to extend the shutdown for years if needed.

“I did say that,” he said.

“Absolutely I said that. I don’t think it will [last for years] but I am prepared.”

The two sides are fighting over Mr Trump’s request for $US5 billion to fund his signature wall on the Mexican border.

Mr Trump said he had designated a team that would meet over the weekend with politicians to resolve the standoff.

About 800,000 federal workers have been affected by the December 22 closure of about one-quarter of the federal Government.

Mr Trump is withholding his support for new funding until he secures the money he wants to start building the wall.

The wall was a signature campaign promise of Mr Trump’s during the 2016 election campaign, when he repeatedly said he would force Mexico to pay for its construction.

Such a wall, he has argued, is needed to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs over the southwestern border.

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