The federal government may shut down again on February 15th if Trump and congressional Republicans continue to insist that funding for Trump's fantasy border wall should be attached to any funding bill that keeps the government running, but Senator Lindsey Graham has a much, much worse idea.
Graham says he spoke to Trump and recommended that he ask Congress to attach border wall funding to the national debt ceiling.
The South Carolina Republican told the news outlet that he thinks "the president understands we need to raise the debt ceiling. It comes due in March, so why not just expedite things?"
Graham would not explicitly say whether Trump would insist on a debt ceiling increase as part of the immigration deal that lawmakers aim to strike before government funding expires.
"I don't speak for him," the senator told CNN. "I'm just saying, we talked about a package and I think the president basically believes that his priority of barrier funding can be achieved solving other problems also."
What could go wrong?
Well, Trump is a man who once said we could avoid raising the debt ceiling by simply printing more money.
Lindsey Graham is playing with fire.