GOP Senator on Latest Trump Threat: 'Let's Hope Not'

Ron Johnson pushes back over possible government shutdown
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2018 12:05 PM CDT
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – With President Trump tweeting about a possible government shutdown, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson appeared Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation with a little pushback: "I certainly don't like playing shutdown politics," he says, per the Hill. "I don't think it'd be helpful, so let's try and avoid it." Does he expect it to happen anyway? "Let's hope not." Johnson's utterance follows a flurry of Trump tweets involving Michael Cohen, immigration, and the possibility of a shutdown, per Politico: "I would be willing to 'shut down' government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!" tweets Trump. For more around the dial:

  • Unloved Cohen: "The man is a pathological manipulator, a liar," says Rudy Giuliani of Michael Cohen on Fox News Sunday, per Politico. "Here's what happened: I found out, as everyone did, that he was surreptitiously recording his clients, which is a disbarrable offense. Obviously, if I knew that I never would have said he was a reputable lawyer, I'd have said he was a scoundrel."

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