Senior GOP senator warns Trump against partial shutdown

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyTop Republican says Trump greenlit budget fix for VA health care GOP senators not tested for coronavirus before lunch with Trump McConnell, GOP senators support exempting VA health funds from budget caps MORE (R-Ala.) says he warned President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 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 McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Democratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies MORE (R-Ky.) returned to Capitol Hill Thursday afternoon after meeting with Trump. 

Newly-elected Senate Republican Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US death toll nears 100,000 as country grapples with reopening GOP faces internal conflicts on fifth coronavirus bill On The Money: Jobless rate exceeds 20 percent in three states | Senate goes on break without passing small business loan fix | Biden pledges to not raise taxes on those making under 0K 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.”