McConnell warns against shutdown after fiery White House meeting

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAir travel union leaders warn of 'unprecedented' safety risks as shutdown continues On The Money: Shutdown Day 33 | Fight over State of the Union | Pelosi tells Trump no speech on Tuesday | Trump teases 'alternative' address | Trump adviser warns shutdown could hurt growth | Mulvaney seeks list of vulnerable programs Demonstrators protesting shutdown arrested outside McConnell's office MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday warned that the American people don’t want to see a partial government shutdown and expressed hope it could be avoided hours after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I will deliver State of the Union 'when the shutdown is over' Former NYPD commander claims Trump got special treatment for gun licenses Colbert starts petition for Cardi B to give State of the Union rebuttal MORE in a meeting with Democratic leaders said he was willing to shut down the government for tougher border security.

“I hope that’s not where we end up. I understand it was a rather spirited meeting,” McConnell told reporters when asked by reporters about Trump’s threat.

McConnell later warned that forcing a shutdown would be a political mistake for either side in the battle over funding for a wall on Mexico's border.

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“One thing I think is pretty clear no matter who precipitates the government shutdown is, the American people don’t like it,” he said.

“I hope that will be avoided and both sides understand that’s not a great way to end what has, in my view, been the most successful Congress, right of center, in decades.”

McConnell saw his party take a political hit in 2013 when House conservatives provoked a 16-day government shutdown by insisting on legislation blocking the implementation of ObamaCare.

Democrats appeared to take the political hit last year after the government briefly closed over Democratic demands for protections for "Dreamers," young people who came to the country illegally as children but were given the ability to stay through executive action by the Obama administration. Trump withdrew those actions. 

Congress still has to finish seven appropriations bills this year that fund about 25 percent of the federal government’s discretionary budget.

Government funding for several departments and agencies will expire after Dec. 21.

Trump told Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerCongress: Americans in Puerto Rico still need our help Airbnb is doing the Democrats' dirty work Protecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress MORE (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump: I will deliver State of the Union 'when the shutdown is over' Colbert starts petition for Cardi B to give State of the Union rebuttal On The Money: Shutdown Day 33 | Fight over State of the Union | Pelosi tells Trump no speech on Tuesday | Trump teases 'alternative' address | Trump adviser warns shutdown could hurt growth | Mulvaney seeks list of vulnerable programs MORE (Calif.), who were both at the White House Tuesday morning, that he would accept the blame for a shutdown over border security.

“I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it,” he said.