March 22 2018

Trump friend: President should 'rethink' attacks on McConnell

March 22 2018, 04:03 | Van Peters

Trump friend: President should 'rethink' attacks on McConnell

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto at the White House in Washington U.S

DiGiorgio stood by the "many sides" comment Trump made immediately after the clash in Virginia, in which a auto was driven into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman.

A protracted government shutdown or a default on sovereign debt could be disastrous - for the economy and for the party that controls the White House and both chambers of Congress.

Congress faces an September 30 deadline to raise the debt ceiling. He could veto a spending bill that doesn't have money for his wall.

House speaker Paul Ryan told CNBC in an interview Thursday dismissed the idea that Trump's tweets were a shot at him, saying the veterans bill idea just couldn't work.

Democrats vehemently opposed border wall funding in the House minibus, and Senate Democrats have similarly said they'd block legislation that included it.

A debt ceiling bill can not get through the Senate without the support of at least eight Democrats, giving the minority party leverage in the talks.

When Republicans held their annual Lincoln Day Dinner last August, Democrats still held the majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives and Hillary Clinton was the prohibitive favorite to be the president of the United States.

Donald Trump started his morning on Friday the same way he's started many mornings this month - by attacking congressional Republicans on Twitter. "And that was not to let Barack Obama have that Supreme Court seat". The Department of Homeland Security says it would cost $22 billion-and a study by the Democratic staff of the Senate homeland security committee priced it at almost $70 billion.

If he - and this is highly speculative - gets impeached by a Democratic House, the survival of his presidency will depend on the support of people within his own party who have come to hate his guts.

During this same period, Trump ramped up his feud with Arizona's Republican senators, taking veiled shots at Jeff Flake and John McCain during his Phoenix rally, and later tweeting: "Not a fan of Jeff Flake, weak on crime & border!"

Doubt has seeped out of Trump's Cabinet room. But believe me, if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall. One is that the wall is not very popular. So he just continues to barrel forward, doing what he thinks he needs to do to keep that base with him.

GOP congressional leaders are also being encouraged by outside conservative groups such as Heritage Action, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation, and FreedomWorks. But it would be worse for Trump.

The U.S. president's ultimatum this week, directed at the power brokers within his own party, is a dicey strategy to try to secure $1.6 billion in seed funding for the U.S. -Mexico border wall. "I have to. I have been talking about it for a two-year period".

The government stays open because Congress approves new border security measures that satisfy Trump, even though they don't constitute full-fledged funding for a wall. "And he's going to make sure that that gets done", spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. In that case, Trump would have to be ready to risk the political consequences of a shutdown - consequences we know he was aware of because of something he tweeted when the government shuttered last time.

Mexico isn't going to pay for the wall, and the U.S. Congress isn't going to pay for the wall.

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