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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 TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing 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.

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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.