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'
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Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions Ron Johnson praises conservative author bashed by Fauci Wisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans MORE (R-Wis.) on Sunday pushed back against President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic 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.