Just hours after President Donald Trump 's tweeted a call for a "good "shutdown" of the USA government , the White House blamed his threat on Democrats. He also defined a "good shutdown", advocated earlier by President Donald Trump on Twitter, as one that proved Trump correct about the dysfunction of the federal government.
Trump has been increasingly focused on the filibuster hurdle in a spate of interviews timed to coincide with his 100th day in office, which fell on Saturday.
Schumer has celebrated the spending bill as a hard-fought deal across the aisle and an example of "working together in the best traditions of the Senate", but he effectively said Trump lost out.
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.
So Democrats are the only way in a Trump administration.
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., on Wednesday denied the idea that his party wanted a government shutdown after a Trump administration official suggested they did on Tuesday. "But I certainly understand the President's frustration with the process".
"That's just not constructive". In a Fox News interview aired Friday, he said, "maybe at some point we're going to have to take those rules on, because, for the good for the nation, things are going to have to be different".
"They're rejoicing in the fact that that wall will be slower to be built and consequently our southwest border under less control than it could be", Kelly said.
But with his healthcare reform effort flagging, Trump has been unable to get a major piece of legislation through a Congress controlled by his own Republican Party, leaving him without a signature victory.
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That prompted the White House to send Kelly and Mulvaney out to push back on Democrats' messaging. He said the spending package was an "important first step in the right direction" that included a "big down payment" on border security and the military.
Trump's tweets come ahead of expected votes this week on a bipartisan budget deal to avoid a government shutdown and a possible vote in the House on a health care overhaul.
The conference call was marred by technical issues at times, with Mulvaney straining to be heard over orchestra music that mysteriously began playing.
"I think the total spending is $ 347 million on that, but we have not done the math yet", Mulvaney stated.
Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, told reporters Tuesday afternoon that the reason Trump floated the possibility of a shutdown was all because of Democrats' happiness at the spending deal.
He said Democrats were thwarted by Republicans in their attempt to add bailout money for Puerto Rico. "Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September".
"Look, we've got a long ways to go between now and September, but I share the president's frustration", Ryan said.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that nearly no senators would support removing the legislative filibuster, which is the procedural tool that can be overcome only by a so-called supermajority of 60 votes. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), a top deputy to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said of Democrats recently.
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