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McConnell Puts Low Odds on December Shutdown Over Border Wall

  • Top Senate Republican hasn’t talked of shutdown with Trump
  • Trump has called for a ’good shutdown’ to get wall money
Birds stand on a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Tijuana, Mexico.
Photographer: David Maung/Bloomberg

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a partial government shutdown in December is unlikely and that he and President Donald Trump haven’t discussed using one to force Democrats to agree to fund a wall on the southern border.

"Nobody likes a shutdown," McConnell of Kentucky said Tuesday in an interview with Bloomberg News. "There’s no education in a second kick of the mule."