GOP senator on Trump shutdown threat: 'I don't think it'd be helpful'

GOP senator on Trump shutdown threat: 'I don't think it'd be helpful'
© Greg Nash

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonTSA absences raise stakes in shutdown fight The Hill's Morning Report — Washington searches for answers as shutdown hits 24 days GOP senator: 'I would hate to see' Trump declare national emergency over border MORE (R-Wis.) on Sunday pushed back against President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE's threat to shut down the federal government later this year if he doesn't get what he wants on immigration policy.

Johnson appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation" shortly after Trump tweeted that he would be "willing to 'shut down' government" if he doesn't receive funding for his border wall, as well as changes to legal immigration programs.

Asked if he expects a shutdown, Johnson said "let's hope not."

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"I certainly don’t like playing shutdown politics. I don’t think it’d be helpful, so let’s try and avoid it," Johnson said.

Earlier Sunday, Trump tweeted that any immigration legislation must fund his border wall, end the "catch and release" policy and the visa lottery program.

That tweet followed one in which he called the U.S.'s immigration laws the "dumbest & worst" in the world.

Trump has repeatedly called for changes to immigration policy and strengthened border security. He has blamed Democrats for obstructing any meaningful legislation.

The GOP controls both chambers of Congress, though it requires at least a handful of Democratic votes to pass legislation.

The Senate failed to pass a series of separate immigration bills earlier this year, some of which would have addressed Trump's demands.

In addition, the House rejected two separate GOP-crafted immigration measures earlier this year, with several Republicans dooming each bill.