Trump 'not happy' with Dems' victory lap on budget bill


On Twitter, Trump explained why Republicans had struck a deal with Democrats on a funding bill to keep the government open until September 30.

Trump, in his tweets, said the agreement would need more Republican senators elected in order to pass this deal or alter the Senate rules so they can push and get the spending approved by only securing a majority vote rather than a total of 60. Schumer said this referring to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign when he played this very Rolling Stones song to close many of his campaign rallies, according to the Guardian.

US President Donald Trump has called for a "good shutdown" of the country to deal with the "mess".

The message appeared to encourage the Republican-controlled senate to change rules that now require 60 votes to end a filibuster of legislation.

The President's suggestion that we "change the rules now to 51%" is a variation of the so-called "nuclear option" that Republicans deployed during the Gorsuch Supreme Court fight - when they lowered the number of votes needed to break a filibuster of a judicial nominee.

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"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", White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told reporters in a heated defense of the military and border-security funding in the bill.

The budget deal will not provide any money for the border wall President Donald Trump promised his supporters or deliver the funding cuts to sanctuary cities that Trump had threatened.

After a bruising budget battle which saw fellow Republicans jettison many of Trump's election promises, the embattled president lashed out, saying maybe the government should not be funded at all.

Mulvaney said the Trump administration will use several hundred million dollars of a $1.5 billion border security spending increase approved in the soon-to-be-approved bipartisan budget deal to begin work on the wall.

In his second reporter briefing in 24 hours, Mulvaney also tried to spin a White House win on the spending bill.

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Both parties signed off on the spending bill to fund the federal government through to September to avert a government shutdown, with Republicans and Democrats both claiming some political victories.

"In the last 100 years, or the last 50 years, or the last 10 years, we (Republicans) have been in the minority more than we've been in the majority" said Blunt. Mulvaney said, pointing to a picture of 20-foot high steel wall on the US-Mexico border.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he has no plans to change the threshold for legislation.

But the White House then rallied to make the case to the public - and perhaps to a president who famously hates losing - that he actually had prevailed in the negotiations.

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