President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to visit OH to campaign in special House election CNN's Acosta: I'm anxious Trump's rhetoric toward media "will result in somebody getting hurt" Trump shares son's tweet backing supporters chanting "CNN sucks" MORE suggested Wednesday that a government shutdown would help Republicans ahead of the midterm elections in November, adding that he would take the step if necessary to see his plan for a border wall come to fruition.
The two officials and the congressional aide spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss internal deliberations.
President Trump's recent threats to shut down the federal government over border security could endanger Republicans seeking reelection this year, and especially Rep. Barbara Comstock, whose northern Virginia district is home to tens of thousands of federal workers. Border security is a commitment that doesn't have an expiration date.
"Our immigration laws and border security have been a complete and total disaster for decades, and there is no way that the Democrats will allow it to be fixed without a Government Shutdown".
The Wall Street Journal's editorial page, influential in Republican circles, responded by branding the gambit "Trump's Lose-the-House Strategy". "Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!"
After the meeting, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a radio interviewer that a shutdown so close to the November 6 midterm elections wouldn't happen. He acknowledged, however, that the border funding issue in particular was unlikely to be resolved before polling day. "Her support for this reckless border wall gives Trump the green light to put federal workers and our economy at risk".
At the time, the GOP-controlled House voted mostly on party lines to keep the government open for a month as part of a compromise with the hard-line conservative Freedom Caucus. He also wants to do away with the system that grants visas to people with relatives in the US.
Republicans plan to have the House pass these packages when it returns from recess September 4 and send them to Trump's desk. Democrats and some Republicans have objected to those proposals.
The Center for a Responsible Federal Budget is tracking the progress of all 12 appropriations bills here. They include $25 billion toward construction of a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, but he acknowledged on Monday his demands are a starting point.