Trump: ‘Most likely’ I won’t shut down government over border security

Trump: ‘Most likely’ I won’t shut down government over border security
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE in an interview aired Friday speculated about whether he would need to shut down the government over border wall funding prior to November’s midterm elections, and said "most likely" he would not.

“Most likely I will not do that,” he said on the topic in an interview with "Fox & Friends" that taped ahead of his Thursday night rally in Montana.

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Trump has threatened a shutdown several times over the past week, suggesting "if it happens it happens" on Wednesday. 

"If it's about border security, I'm willing to do anything," Trump told reporters at the White House.

But he also said Wednesday he didn't "like the idea of shutdowns."

But he clarified his stance on Friday.

“If it was up to me, I’d shut down government over border security in a second … But I don’t want to do anything that’s going to hurt us or potentially hurt us because I have a feeling that the Republicans are going to do very well … in the midterms,” Trump said.

“But we’re going to do it immediately after the election. I have the commitment from [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFox News has covered Ocasio-Cortez more than any 2020 Dem besides Warren: analysis Durbin after reading Green New Deal: 'What in the heck is this?' Dems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle MORE [R-Ky.[ from [Speaker] Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump Unscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden MORE [R-Wis.], from everybody. We do it right after the election where hopefully, frankly, it’ll be easy because we’ll have more Republicans, not less,” he added. 

Republicans in both chambers have indicated the fight over border wall funding will wait until after the November election.

"We still want to get funding for the wall," McConnell told reporters Wednesday. "But we think the best time to have that discussion is after the election." 

He added there is “no chance of a government shutdown.”

Congress has until the end of September to pass legislation to keep the government funded. However, the two chambers differ on how much funding they’ll provide in their fiscal 2019 bills for the Department of Homeland Security, which encompasses Trump's border wall plans. The House bill includes $5 billion for border wall funding, while the Senate's legislation includes $1.6 billion.