Government shutdown

Trump tells Republicans to "GET TOUGH" on border wall funding

President Trump returned to a favorite topic — the funding for his proposed border wall — in a Thursday morning tweet.

"I want to know, where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from after the Midterms? Dems are obstructing Law Enforcement and Border Security. REPUBLICANS MUST FINALLY GET TOUGH!"

Our thought bubble, from Axios' Jonathan Swan: "After the midterms" is the only important part of this tweet. Trump has privately promised Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell that he won't shut down the government before the election — but nobody I've spoken to who's involved in the process feels 100% confident that he'll keep his word.

Between the lines: Trump's shutdown decision

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On Saturday morning, a senior administration official told me President Trump has "come to realize that there's not a path to 60 votes" to pay for his border wall before the November elections. "The president, I think, is not really in veto mode right now," the official said.

Between the lines: Trump has privately assured Republican leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell that he accepts his border wall won't be funded before the midterms. He's promised them he won't shut down the federal government at the end of September in a fight over the wall.