Trump advocates USA government shutdown


President Donald Trump took the unusual step of advocating a forced shutdown of the federal government Tuesday, after Republicans and Democrats ignored White House demands in reaching a budget deal.

Missouri's U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, a fellow Republican, said he understood Trump's frustration with the Senate requirement for 60 votes to pass legislation, but cautioned against rushing to blow up the long standing rule.

Congress is expected to vote on the five-month spending bill before midnight Friday, the deadline to prevent a partial shutdown.

House Speaker Paul Ryan sought to assure conservatives on Wednesday that a massive government-wide spending bill is a win for President Donald Trump and Republicans, citing "a really good down payment" on rebuilding the military and "the biggest increase in border security in a decade".

"Like so many presidents before him, Donald Trump is stunned to discover that he can not get his way with Congress - which will be a major narrative, we suspect, in his second hundred days", Valliere wrote in a note to clients Wednesday.

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Donald Trump has said the USA government "needs a good shutdown" to fix a "mess" in the Senate, signalling on Twitter his displeasure with a bill to keep operations running.

He called for more Republican Senators to be elected in 2018, or for the rules to be changed to 51%.

Trump's embrace of a potential government shutdown came days after he accused Senate Democrats of seeking such an outcome and obstructing majority Republicans during recent budget negotiations.

Republicans argued their wins were most evident in trims and changes to more than 150 government programs and the defense spending increases secured without an equal bump for domestic programs that Democrats traditionally request. Quote, "our country needs a good shutdown in September to fix mess" - exclamation point.

"I think the President is frustrated with the fact that he negotiated in good faith with the Democrats and they went out to try and spike the football and make him look bad", Mulvaney said, explaining Trump's tweet.

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However, the Republicans also need Democratic votes in order to get the spending bill approved. "If you're in a bipartisan meeting, I think it's very unusual for one group to walk out and ... say, 'Hey, we won".

To counter that narrative, the White House dispatched Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, for the daily press briefing on Tuesday for an at-times tense back and forth with reporters over the budget deal.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also reacted to Trump's tweets saying "bipartisanship is best summed up by the Rolling Stones: You can't always get what you want".

Any future shutdown would probably cost the government billions.

"There are several hundreds of millions of dollars for us to replace cyclone fencing with 20-foot high steel wall", Mulvaney told reporters Tuesday.

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The top House Democrat says House Republicans who vote for the GOP health care bill Thursday "are going to tattoo this moral monstrosity to their foreheads", and the American people will hold them accountable.