Q Mr. President are you losing Republican support?THE PRESIDENT: No, we have great Republican support, as you know.
Q Can you keep Republicans behind you in this fight?
THE PRESIDENT: We have great Republican support, as you know. You know, you’re just making that up. But we have tremendous Republican support. I don’t think the Democrats have great support because they all know we need border security. We need to have people stop being killed at our border. And the Democrats are losing a lot of support.
Last night was a big victory for Republicans but it was really a big victory for America, for our country. The Democrats have lost support. There is tremendous Republican support — unwavering — as you probably know. Thank you.
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Q Mr. President, how much longer can the shutdown last?
THE PRESIDENT: We need border security. We will have border security. Tremendous Republican support. And I think we’re going to win. We need —
Q What’s your message to Republicans?
THE PRESIDENT: Listen, we need border security. Very simple.
Q How long will the shutdown last, Mr. President?
THE PRESIDENT: Whatever it takes.
Q Mr. President, Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi are saying that the main factors (inaudible).
THE PRESIDENT: Well, what you should do is take a look at last night and see the results this morning. The people know we need border security. Thank you very much.