Ryan, McConnell brought props to meeting to talk Trump out of government shutdown: report

Ryan, McConnell brought props to meeting to talk Trump out of government shutdown: report
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The top two GOP leaders in Congress reportedly brought props to a meeting with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE at the White House this week to talk him out of triggering a government shutdown.

The Washington Post reports that House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea Duncan Hunter pleads guilty after changing plea Trump campaign steps up attacks on Biden MORE (R-Wis.) displayed for Trump photos of a wall under construction along the southern border, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills GOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties MORE (R-Ky.) showed Trump an article praising the president's handling of the budget process.

The article also depicted the Republican Party as unified and strong.

Trump in an interview with The Daily Caller conducted Tuesday brushed off the possibility of another government shutdown over immigration funding, despite previously threatening one.

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But the Post reported that he raised the possibility again shortly before his meeting with Ryan and McConnell on Wednesday.

“If it happens, it happens,” he said, according to the report.

Two people briefed on the meeting told the Post that McConnell and Ryan wanted to show Trump positive developments, like the border wall construction and positive media praise over the budget process.

McConnell and Ryan advised Trump to postpone the fight over the border wall under after the November midterm elections, according to the report.

A day after the meeting, Trump said that the border wall could wait until after the November elections.

“Most likely I will not do that,” Trump said of a shutdown during an interview for "Fox & Friends" taped before his rally in Montana on Thursday night. 

“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 midterm elections, Trump said.

“But we’re going to do it immediately after the election. I have the commitment from Mitch McConnell, from Paul Ryan, 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. 

Trump originally requested $5 billion for 2019 to construct his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He said Friday that the money will need to be redirected from the Pentagon or authorized by Congress.

The president's plan for border wall funding could be further complicated by the results of the midterm elections, with Democrats hoping to win back a majority in the House.