Trump says he doesn't expect government shutdown before midterms

Trump says he doesn't expect government shutdown before midterms
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAustralia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israeli capital, won't move embassy Mulvaney will stay on as White House budget chief Trump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law MORE said in an interview published Wednesday that he doesn't expect there to be a government shutdown at the end of the month over immigration funding, despite previously threatening one. 

“I don’t like the idea of shutdowns,” Trump said to The Daily Caller.

“I don’t see even myself or anybody else closing down the country right now,” he added.

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Trump earlier this summer insisted he would have no issue forcing a shutdown over immigration reform. He suggested it could be a "great campaign issue," and a "small price to pay" for changing immigration laws and securing funding for his border wall.

Trump told The Daily Caller that while he'd like to secure full funding all at once, he's already managed to begin work on the wall. He did not rule out the possibility of a shutdown following the midterm elections.

“I think that after midterms, we’re going to have a very serious discussion because we want border security," Trump said. "We have to have it."

Congress has until Sept. 30 to fund the government.

Trump will meet with GOP leaders on Wednesday to discuss the legislative agenda ahead of November's midterms, which includes avoiding a shutdown.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report – Cohen says Trump knew payments were wrong | GOP in turmoil over Trump shutdown threat | Kyl to resign from Senate at year's end Trump leaves GOP in turmoil with shutdown looming Senate heads toward floor fight on criminal justice bill MORE (R-Wis.) will be in attendance at the White House meeting, according to his office, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law Federal judge in Texas strikes down ObamaCare Ocasio-Cortez: By Lindsey Graham's 1999 standard for Clinton, Trump should be impeached MORE (R-Ky.) and House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseTrump leaves GOP in turmoil with shutdown looming Overnight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force House lawmakers delay decision on Saudi Arabia pending investigation MORE (R-La.) are expected to attend.

Democratic leaders were not invited to the strategy session, but there could be a bipartisan meeting on spending with congressional leaders at some point this month.

Trump has repeatedly blasted U.S. immigration laws as the "worst" in the world and has called on Congress to pass stricter immigration laws.