Trump has been at odds with his party since the moment he announced his presidential candidacy.
At a raucous rally in Phoenix Tuesday night, Trump said he would insist on the border wall funding.
Those two points are important, but there's a larger point that needs to be considered: Trump is suggesting he plans to hold the country hostage over this single policy issue.
This is clearly draining the man who views himself as the ultimate deal maker.
Ryan also said a short-term government funding bill, known as a continuing resolution, would probably be needed to keep the government open past September. As with most everything in his presidency, he is likely overplaying his hand. He's facing a primary challenger whom Trump seems to favor.
President Trump on Friday continued his call for Senate Republicans to eliminate the filibuster rule, which allows the opposing party to block legislation from moving forward without 60 votes. It did not. We need to ask: why?
Trump's approval rating may be sinking, but Congressional Republicans are even less popular.
Trump also has spent the past few weeks taunting and denigrating Republican leaders who will be responsible for navigating these formidable fiscal obstacles, providing them incentive to look out for themselves rather than the interests of the President.
A poll in April, after Trump made similar noise about a government shutdown, found that nearly two-thirds of voters agreed that funding a Mexican border wall was "not important enough to prompt a shutdown".
Last month, Trump specifically called out McConnell and pushed the GOP leader to end the filibuster and move toward passing legislation with a 51-vote majority.
Flake said the median time last year for an appeal to the Ninth Circuit was more than a year - nearly twice the national average.
Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has put the onus of raising the debt ceiling entirely on Republicans, and has hinted on multiple occasions that Democrats will not eagerly support their Republican colleagues in raising the debt ceiling without key concessions. It undoubtedly makes him feel better, but it doesn't really accomplish anything. The GOP should pass a budget that has as many of its priorities as possible, and more money for border enforcement ought to satisfy the immigration restrictionists. That impasse increased pressure on Republicans to deliver wall funding in a future spending battle.
In his Phoenix rally on Tuesday our president said "If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall".
"My position is work with the President, vote with the President when I think he's right, and I oppose him when I think he's wrong", Flake said. "I don't think it's in our interest to do so", Ryan said. Duffy told Fox News Channel this afternoon that a government shutdown is to be avoided at all costs because it "takes our eye off" other problems.