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Top GOP Leader ‘Not Sure’ Where Trump is ‘Coming From’ on Shutdown Threat

John Thune says there is not much appetite for funding showdown over border wall

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the number three-ranking Republican in the Senate, said he wasn't sure where the president is coming from when it comes to border wall shutdown threats. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump has threatened to shut down the government if he does not get his way on funding for his proposed border wall, but that does not mean his Republican colleagues know where he is going with such hardball tactics.

“I’m not sure ... where the president is coming from,” Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune of South Dakota said Monday of Trump’s threats over funding for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. “We understand he wants wall funding and we all get that, but I don’t think there’s any appetite up here for anything, you know, particularly at the end of the fiscal year, that would create problems for government funding.”

Asked about the threats Trump made over the weekend, and reiterated Monday at the White House, Thune, like many of his colleagues arriving back at the Capitol on Monday was left only with the prevailing dynamic over the funding request, which has not changed much in the recent months.

“Well, I think the Dems are going to resist, any attempt to increase significantly, at least, above what they’ve already agreed to in terms of wall funding. I know that the president wants it all now, but my guess is in order to get Democrats to get along with that you’d have to make some concessions on some other immigration related issues. But you know my view is that we’re going to do everything we can up here to get our work done so that any kind of a government shutdown is not even being discussed,” Thune said. 

Watch: Standing Next to Conte, Trumps Says He'll ‘Consider’ Shutdown Over Border Policy

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