Senior GOP senator warns Trump against partial shutdown

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyMcConnell support for election security funds leaves Dems declaring victory Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg courts critics on Capitol Hill | Amazon makes climate pledge | Senate panel approves 0M for state election security House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November MORE (R-Ala.) says he warned President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' 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 McConnellDC statehood push faces long odds despite record support Overnight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts 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 - Pompeo condemns Iran for 'act of war' while Trump moves with caution Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet NRA says Trump administration memo a 'non-starter' 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.”