King: Nobody wants a government shutdown

King: Nobody wants a government shutdown
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Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingLawmakers say Trump tariffs are threatening local newspapers Senate adds members to pro-NATO group Hillicon Valley: Hacker tried to sell military docs on dark web | Facebook fined over Cambridge Analytica | US closer to lifting ZTE ban | Trump, Obama lose followers in Twitter purge | DOJ weighs appeal on AT&T merger MORE (I-Maine) said Sunday that no one on either side of the aisle in Congress wants to shut down the government, which will soon run out of funds.

“I don’t sense — nobody wants to shut down,” King told CBS’s “Face the Nation."

“I don’t sense that that is going to come, unless it’s through mutual misunderstanding between the two sides," he said.

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King’s comments come after President Trump last week cast doubt on the possibility that Republicans and Democrats will reach a deal to keep the government funded.

“Meeting with ‘Chuck and Nancy’ today about keeping government open and working,” Trump wrote on Twitter, a move that ultimately caused Democratic leadership to back out of the planned gathering. He was referencing Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Red-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiRoby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism Mellman: (Mis)interpreting elections Overnight Health Care: Trump officials score a win against Planned Parenthood | Idaho residents to vote on Medicaid expansion | PhRMA, insurers weigh in on Trump drug pricing plan MORE (D-Calif.).

“Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal!” Trump added.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash House passes bipartisan bill to boost business investment MORE (R-Ky.) said Sunday that there will not be a government shutdown, arguing it would not be in Democrats’ best interest to push for one.

“I don’t think the Democrats would be very smart to say they want to shut down the government over a non-emergency that we can address any time between now and March,"  McConnell said, referencing a potential threat over action on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“That’s a very untenable position," he said.