Trump's long shutdown risks long-term global damage

President Donald Trump in a meeting with congressional Democrats last Friday said he was prepared for the partial government shutdown to continue for months - or even years - if he doesn't get the money he wants for a wall along the Mexican border.

It's not hard to see how that prediction comes true. Both sides have framed the issue such that a victory for one side on funding a border wall entails defeat for the other. Neither side has much incentive to compromise.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 08, 2019, with the headline 'Trump's long shutdown risks long-term global damage'. Subscribe