Trump attacks GOP leaders over debt ceiling

The Latest Trump threatens shutdown over border wall

"We don't need a government shutdown - that never ends well".

Either way, he can not win.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway stressed on Thursday the president was serious about moving forward with the wall.

"I don't think it's smart politically and I don't think it would succeed practically".

And Trump called out Obama's director of national intelligence, James Clapper, who has publicly questioned whether Trump is fit to be president.

He wouldn't be the first Republican official to conclude that taking responsibility for a government shutdown is more a matter of getting credit than shouldering blame.

His premise, for now, seems to be that a government shutdown would cause so much political pain for lawmakers that they would ultimately choose to pass a spending bill with money for the wall rather than continue to suffer the wrath of constituents bereft of government services.

But as the critical showdown looms in Washington, Trump has clashed with and antagonized members of his own party, while threatening a shutdown of the federal government unless he gets funding for his promised US-Mexico border wall.

The threat was well received among his supporters, but hasn't gone down so well with his fellow Republican politicians who have hit back at the president.

Trump also preemptively placed blame on Congressional leaders for any struggle Republicans will have in raising the debt ceiling in September.




House Speaker Paul Ryan (right) tours an engine plant Thursday in Everett, Wash., with Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Mullenburg.

To be sure, failure to raise the debt ceiling and defaulting on the nation's obligations would be catastrophic.

The Trump administration had been hoping Congress would pass a debt limit bill before embarking on a long summer recess. Congress faces an October deadline to increase the government's borrowing authority and avoid defaulting on USA obligations. Congressional Democrats have explicitly said they would oppose any funding for the wall, according to MSNBC.

That would push the budget battle to later in the year and could in turn delay attempts at tax reform, another signature Trump campaign issue.

US President Donald Trump has once again called for Senate Republicans to get rid of the legislative filibuster of requiring 60 vote for a Bill and move towards passing legislation with a 51-vote majority.

He has also expressed fury that Congress had not passed any significant legislation since his January inauguration. On the 9th and the 10th Trump assailed McConnell via Twitter, angered by a speech in which McConnell said Trump had "excessive expectations" of Congress.

"If Senate Republicans don't get rid of the Filibuster Rule and go to a 51% majority, few bills will be passed".

The intensifying feud also puts his policy agenda in jeopardy.

Other Republicans have meanwhile grown more assertive in their criticism of the president, following the furor triggered by his equivocal response to the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month.

"I'm not anxious that it isn't going to get done because it's going to get done", he said.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'Bachelor' couple Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi break off their engagement
Aug 26, 2017 - 00:55
Vanessa Grimaldi and Nick Viall at the premiere of Disney and Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2" in April. Distance was the primary reason for Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi's breakup.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Thai court to issue arrest warrant for former PM
Aug 26, 2017 - 00:53
Yingluck was ousted as prime minister by a court ruling involving a nepotism case shortly before the coup ejected her government. The junta that seized control of Thailand has since suppressed dissent and banned political gatherings of more than five people.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 14 killed as bomber, gunmen attack mosque in Kabul
Aug 26, 2017 - 00:47
Mir Hussain Nasiri says gunmen have taken over the portion of the mosque with the separate prayer areas for men and women. While the fierce gun battle was underway, another explosion occurred close to Imam Zaman Mosque.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iran media report Apple shuts down Iranian apps
Aug 26, 2017 - 00:39
Another popular Iranian app that was recently pulled down was DelionFoods, an online food delivery service company. Google does not appear to have undertaken a similar campaign against apps in its Play Store.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ram Rahim rape case verdict: Amarinder Singh demands deployment of additional forces
Aug 25, 2017 - 01:00
Also, the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana appealed to his followers to be calm and peaceful irrespective of the verdict . Ram Rahim has said on Twitter that he will be present in court, a reveal that's likely to prevent his fans from dispersing.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Disney Using Augmented Reality to Sell New 'Star Wars' Merchandise
Aug 25, 2017 - 00:40
That means you can take a photo or video standing alongside the likes of Admiral Ackbar (as demonstrated in the video above). Aside from being the launch date for the first wave of new merch from the upcoming Episode VIII , Sept. 1, a.k.a.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The Russian ambassador to Khartoum, who was found dead in his residence
Aug 25, 2017 - 00:37
Sudan's foreign ministry expressed its condolences to Russian Federation in a statement, hailing Shirinskiy's diplomatic efforts. The Sudanese foreign affairs minister, who confirmed the information in a statement, did not give a cause of the death.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Here's a Look at Call of Duty: WW2's Headquarters Social Space
Aug 24, 2017 - 01:39
PS4 players who pre-ordered the game should have access to a beta code and can now download the beta from the PlayStation Store. Activision says that everyone will receive a code before 10 am PT, 1 am ET, 6 pm BST, 7 pm CEST on Friday, August 25.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NBC Backs Out of the 'Xena: Warrior Princess' Reboot
Aug 24, 2017 - 01:39
After looking at "some material", the network decided Xena "didn't warrant the reboot". However, Salke says "never say never" to a " Xena " revival in the future.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rocket League on Nintendo Switch Has Exclusive Content
Aug 24, 2017 - 01:37
The same is true for the "Samus' Gunship" Battle-Car, arriving with two designs based on different Varia Suits of Samus Aran. Along with the new Battle-Cars, Rocket League on Switch will also have several exclusive customization items.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top OPEC oil supply set for sharp drop in August: PetroLogistics
Aug 24, 2017 - 01:36
OPEC has been trying very hard to reduce the volume of oil supply in the market in order to lift oil prices . The market has subsequently responded to conflicting reports about whether the oil field is set to reopen.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Vitamin B Increases Risk Of Lung Cancer, Especially Among Men
Aug 24, 2017 - 01:36
Upon enrolling in the study, participants reported information to researchers about B-vitamin usage over the past 10 years. Until more research is completed, there is no conclusive link between high doses of vitamin B and lung cancer .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mariah Carey Opens Up About Her Struggles With Low Self-Esteem
Aug 24, 2017 - 01:34
Smiling mysteriously at the camera, the longtime diva looked great in full glamorous makeup that really made her eyes pop. Of those around her, she says, "I do think to myself, 'Did they mean this?" But that doesn't mean she's not still a diva.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Concept Buzz to reinvent Volkswagen Kombi
Aug 24, 2017 - 01:26
Buzz concept vehicle will have 369 hp drawn from one electric motor on each axle and powered by a 111 kWh battery pack. Volkswagen announced this week that it will release an electric version of its classic Microbus for the 21st century.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Donald Trump-shaped ecstasy tablets seized by police
Aug 24, 2017 - 01:23
Upon searching the auto , police found around 5,000 pills, saying that they had a street value of around 39,000 euros ($45,800). The orange tablets were being transported in a vehicle by a 51-year-old Austrian father and his 17-year-old son.