Ex-Trump adviser: Shutdown 'not worst idea in the world'

Former Trump campaign adviser Madison Gesiotto said on Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE's idea to shut down the government in order to obtain border security was not a bad one. 

"I think only time will tell whether it comes down to that but, at the same time, I do think it's not the worst idea in the world," Gesiotto told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising." 

President Trump earlier this week said that he would be willing to shut the government down to secure funding for his proposed wall along the southern border. 

"If we don't get border security after many, many years of talk within the United States, I would have no problem doing a shutdown," Trump said on Monday. 

The president on Wednesday went on to say that a government shutdown would help Republicans ahead of November's midterm elections.

"I actually think it would be a positive," Trump said."It's like pulling teeth, getting these guys to get it done. And you have no idea how tough I've been. And I say, 'Hey, if you have a shutdown, you have a shutdown.' "

However, Republican leaders in Congress have signaled that they would like to avoid a shutdown.

“Well, I mean, obviously up here we want to keep the government up and functioning, so, you know, I'm not sure where the president is coming from,” Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph Thune Google, Apple, Amazon execs to testify at Senate privacy hearing this month Trump gets good news on wages Flake rebuts Trump: Anonymous op-ed author did not commit 'treason' MORE (S.D.), the Senate's third-ranking Republican, said.

— Julia Manchester