United States President, Donald Trump, has said he could declare a national emergency to build a US-Mexico border wall without the approval of Congress.
The threat came after he met senior Democrats, who refused his requests for funding.
The stand-off between the rival party and Trump has seen him withhold support for a bill to fully fund the government, until he gets money for the border wall.
Trump said he was prepared for the partial government shutdown for months and years, which is now in the third week .
Around 800,000 federal workers are said to have been without pay since December 22.
His aides and lawmakers are scheduled to meet later on Saturday in a fresh bid to resolve the impasse.
The President described the 90-minute meeting he had at the White House with Democrats as “very productive”.
But when asked, he said he had considered using emergency presidential powers to bypass congressional approval for the wall
“I may do it. We can call a national emergency and build it very quickly. That’s another way of doing it,” Trump said.
“I’m very proud of doing what I’m doing,” the president added. “I don’t call it a shutdown, I call it doing what you have to do for the benefit and safety of our country.”
Nancy Pelosi, the new Speaker of the House, disclosed on Friday that the meeting had been “contentious”, while Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer said: “We told the president we needed the government open. He resisted.”