Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the number three-ranking Republican in the Senate, said he wasn't sure where the president is coming from when it comes to border wall shutdown threats. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
President Donald Trump has threatened to shut down the government if he does not get his way on funding for his proposed border wall, but that does not mean his Republican colleagues know where he is going with such hardball tactics.
“I’m not sure ... where the president is coming from,” Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune of South Dakota said Monday of Trump’s threats over funding for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. “We understand he wants wall funding and we all get that, but I don’t think there’s any appetite up here for anything, you know, particularly at the end of the fiscal year, that would create problems for government funding.”