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Trump’s Border Wall Shutdown Threats Continue, But Still Not Convincing Many Hill Republicans

By Thomas McKinless

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President Donald Trump has made multiple threats to shut down the government over border wall funding, but some Republicans in Congress including leaders don’t see that as a likely scenario. “We have a very good understanding with the president that we want to get our appropriations done,” Speaker Paul D. Ryan said at a news conference on Thursday when asked about a possible shutdown. Trump said later Thursday at a rally in Montana that he would rather hold off on a border wall showdown until after the November elections, citing the need to elect more Republicans to Congress. “We’re going to do it immediately after the election,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News, referring to the shutdown. GOP Rep. Don Bacon told Roll Call on Friday that he understands Trump’s frustration over stalled immigration policy, but said he doesn’t think “a shutdown is the right answer.”

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