Trump blames fellow Republican leaders for debt ceiling 'mess'

Trump blames fellow Republican leaders for debt ceiling 'mess'

Trump blames fellow Republican leaders for debt ceiling 'mess'

President Donald Trump has on more than one occasion indicated he's open to the prospect of a government shutdown over budget negotiations, including with regard to his proposed border wall.

There have been seven government shutdowns since 1976, when the current budget and appropriations process was implemented.

Either way, he can not win.

The two calls underscore Trump's increasing frustration with Congressional Republicans over their continued efforts to keep the Russian Federation probe alive. A 2011 standoff between Republicans and President Barack Obama's administration over raising borrowing authority led to tighter controls on spending.

"I don't think it's smart politically and I don't think it would succeed practically".

Former Sen. John Danforth, R-Mo., wrote in The Washington Post that Trump is not a true Republican because of one main reason: he stands against having a unified nation.

"If Trump caves once again and signs a budget without funding for the wall, it could make him look weak and ineffective", he writes.

"We do not comment on private conversations the president has with members of Congress", Walters said in a statement.

Ryan countered yesterday, using his grown-up voice, saying, "I don't think a government shutdown is necessary, and I don't think most people want to see a government shutdown, ourselves included", Ryan said.

The threat was well received among his supporters, but hasn't gone down so well with his fellow Republican politicians who have hit back at the president. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have not said if they want a clean bill.

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A government shutdown would mean that a large number of federal employees would be put on furlough, while a number of essential employees and military personnel may be required to continue working but not be paid as scheduled.

The president threatened the shutdown over one of his key campaign promises.

Ryan said on Thursday that Congress will pass legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling, noting that lawmakers have several options. The Bipartisan Policy Center estimates the federal government could struggle to pay almost a quarter of the U.S.'s bills after running out of funds in October. Congressional Democrats have explicitly said they would oppose any funding for the wall, according to MSNBC.

On Thursday, President Trump continued his hectoring of Republican leaders in Congress, accusing them of ignoring his advice to attach a measure raising the debt ceiling to a popular Veterans Affairs bill and once more slamming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for failing to get the votes on an ObamaCare-repeal bill.

He has also expressed fury that Congress had not passed any significant legislation since his January inauguration.

So what I came away thinking was that thisis less about advancing a legislative agenda, but I think this is more about fear on the part of the Republican Party, and that the strategy that so many of them have arrived at is to sort of pretend Trump's Twitter account does not exist, to stay on his good side.

Mr Trump added heat in the rift with congressional leaders including Mr McConnell via Twitter just this week.

"It sounds like he's unequivocal, the Mexican president, that he's not going to pay for it".

Then Trump added: "That should NEVER have happened!"

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