Senior GOP senator warns Trump against partial shutdown

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry GOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week Trump attends football game with Jeff Sessions' Alabama Senate race opponent Bradley Byrne MORE (R-Ala.) says he warned President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE in a White House meeting Thursday afternoon that Republicans should avoid a partial government shutdown over the president’s desire for a border wall. 

Shelby and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a 'national security threat' GOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week MORE (R-Ky.) returned to Capitol Hill Thursday afternoon after meeting with Trump. 

Newly-elected Senate Republican Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneTrump encounters GOP resistance to investigating Hunter Biden Republicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Public impeachment hearings to begin next week MORE (S.D.) also attended the meeting. 

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“I said we shouldn’t ever want to shut down the government,” Shelby told reporters when asked about discussion about a possible shutdown.

“I think maybe he agreed, I don’t know,” he said of Trump’s response. 

“We had a nice discussion,” he added, describing Trump as being “in a good mood.” 

Shelby noted that government funding is going to expire on Dec. 7

McConnell told reporters that he thinks a partial government shutdown will be avoided. 

“We had a good discussion about funding the government and the other sort of year-end items and we’re optimistic we’ll be able to get that done, get the Farm bill done,” he said. 

“We talked about border security and how to resolve this. We’re optimistic we have a way forward,” he added. 

Asked what the year-end government funding deal would look like, McConnell replied, “I’ll tell you when we get it.”

Trump has asked Congress for $5 billion to fund construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border but the president and GOP leaders did not talk about a specific funding amount, according to Shelby. 

“I feel pretty good we’ll be able to work this out,” he said, adding “We did not get any of the figures or anything today.”