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Donald Trump: Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’.

  • President Donald Trump lamented Senate rules on Twitter on Tuesday
  • Congressional negotiators worked with Democrats to avert a shutdown until at least September

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that the country needs a “good ‘shutdown,'” as well advocated for changing Senate rules, in a pair of tweets where he complained about the congressional negotiating process.

“The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! We … either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!” Trump said Tuesday in two consecutive tweets.

Democrats quickly hopped on Trump’s call for a shutdown, including Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz, who tweeted, “The President just called for a government shutdown this fall. No President has ever done anything like this.”

Congressional leaders announced Sunday that they’d reached a deal to avert a government shutdown until September. The deal did not include several Trump campaign promises — including money for a border wall — in part because GOP leaders needed Democratic votes to pass the deal in the Senate.
Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney on Tuesday took to the White House briefing room to slam Democrats’ claims of victory in the budget deal, arguing that Trump secured a large increase in defense spending and pushed border wall funding to its highest level in a decade.
Mulvaney also responded to Trump’s tweet Tuesday morning about a potential September shutdown.
“A shutdown is not a goal,” Mulvaney said, but rather a “negotiating tool to an extent.”
He added a shutdown would show American voters that Washington “really was as broken as they thought it was when they voted for (Trump) for president.”

Original Story By David Wright – CNN.com

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