The president's sharp words underscored the perilous state of play as Congress heads into the fall without a clear plan to take care of its most important piece of business: If it does not increase the nation's $19.9 trillion borrowing limit, the government could be unable to pay its bills, jarring financial markets and leading to other harsh consequences. He runs the risk, if he hasn't run past that risk a long time ago, of simply not being taken seriously anymore by members of Congress.
"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, a Republican, said at a news conference at Intel Corp.'s office near Portland, Oregon.
Trump, who has not been on the best of terms with Congressional Republicans-or any Republicans, for that matter-warned the adults inside the Beltway that would get upset if the tremendous, no-kidding, honest-to-God wall was not built. "But believe me, if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall".
Ryan and McConnell, of course, know that a government shutdown over raising the debt limit - which must be done by September 30 - would be a political disaster for the party in power - their party.
Representative Nita Lowey of NY, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, called Trump's threat the "polar opposite of leadership" and said the president should be held accountable if the government shuts down.
Trump, leaders' meeting being planned: Even as Trump feuds with GOP leaders, he is working to convene a meeting with them, as well as top Democrats, soon after the August recess ends. In the coming months, Democrats will likely say the same line back to their Republican colleagues. Trump has said "We have to get rid of the filibuster rule".
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In addition to the four mentioned above, Canadian Milos Raonic pulled out after having a procedure done on his ailing left wrist. Murray's slot in the draw will be taken by Marin Cilic , with Sam Querrey moving into the Croatian's original slot.
He also indicated he would be willing to institute a government shutdown, stopping all non-essential services until it was passed. And if Republicans lose the House in 2018, the adviser says, Trump could say he told them so, "I've been saying this for months".
Trump slammed the "Fake News" for not portraying the "spirit" in the White House accurately.
President Trump heads to Camp David on Friday where he will monitor the storm throughout the weekend. It is, Democratic aides will remind you, Republicans who control all levers of the federal government.
"We don't have a budget, we haven't repealed Obamacare, we haven't done anything about the debt ceiling, we haven't done anything about tax reform", Buskirk said.
Flake also said a solid 2,000-mile border wall "doesn't make sense in some areas" and shouldn't be pursued "to just fulfill a campaign promise".
The shutdowns of late 1995 and early 1996 - which then-Speaker Newt Gingrich forced under the belief it would hurt President Bill Clinton mortally in advance of his re-election bid - turned into an unmitigated disaster for the GOP.
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