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 TrumpButtigieg on Mueller report: 'Politically, I'm not sure it will change much' Sarah Sanders addresses false statements detailed in Mueller report: 'A slip of the tongue' Trump to visit Japan in May to meet with Abe, new emperor 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 RyanFEC filing: No individuals donated to indicted GOP rep this cycle The Hill's Morning Report - Waiting on Mueller: Answers come on Thursday Paul Ryan joins University of Notre Dame faculty MORE (R-Wis.) will be in attendance at the White House meeting, according to his office, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: McConnell offering bill to raise tobacco-buying age to 21 | NC gov vetoes 'born alive' abortion bill | CMS backs off controversial abortion proposal HR 1 brings successful local, state reforms to the federal level and deserves passage The Hill's 12:30 Report: Inside the Mueller report MORE (R-Ky.) and House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseGOP to launch discharge petition on anti-BDS measure This week: Democrats revive net neutrality fight The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Biden says he's 'not sorry' for past actions 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.