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GOP Sen. Ron Johnson rebukes Trump’s call for a government shutdown

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Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation”
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  • GOP Senator Ron Johnson said Sunday he doesn’t agree
    with President Donald Trump’s willingness to shut the
    government down over a border wall.
  • Johnson’s comments came hours after Trump tweeted about
    using a shutdown to force Democrats to comply with his wishes
    for immigration policy changes.
  • The Wisconsin Republican pushed back on the president’s
    proposal, saying he doesn’t like “playing shutdown
    politics.”

GOP Sen. Ron Johnson said Sunday he disagrees with President
Donald Trump’s willingness to shut the government down over
Trump’s wishes for a wall along the US-Mexico border.

The Wisconsin Republican was appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” when
host Margaret Brennan asked him about a tweet Trump sent Sunday
morning. The president said he would be willing to shut down the
government to force Democrats to comply with his wishes for
changes in immigration policy, including a border wall.

When Brennan asked if he thought a shutdown was in the future,
Johnson said he didn’t agree with the president’s strategy.

“Let’s hope not,” he said. “I certainly don’t like playing
shutdown politics.”

When Brennan asked about the possible consequences of a shutdown
on Republicans’ chances in November’s midterm elections, Johnson
said, “I don’t think it would be helpful, so let’s try to avoid
it.”

A recent Pew Research Center survey
found immigration is a top issue for voters for voter’s in the
midterm elections, over health care or the economy.

Trump has threatened a shutdown over the wall before and there
have been two shutdowns already this year, but recent action —
including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shortening the
August recess — seem to be in favor of avoiding another shutdown
this fall.

Trump has touted his wish for a wall along the US-Mexico border
since his campaign, and has previously claimed he would be able
to get Mexico to cover the cost.

Despite Mexico’s public rejection of
responsibility
for the cost and tangles with Democrats and
other Republicans in Congress over funding for the wall, Trump
has consistently pushed the
proposal
, sometimes over other border security measures
that are proven to prevent illegal immigration and drug
smuggling.

Trump resurged calls for
congressional action on immigration policy after his
administration implemented its “zero tolerance” immigration policy
that led to the separation and detainment of over 2,000 immigrant children from
their families.

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