Trump Team Escalates Threats to Shut Down Government

President Donald Trump picked a new fight on Thursday with his fellow Republicans, saying congressional leaders could have avoided a “mess” over raising the US debt ceiling if they had taken his advice.

“If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall”, Trump said a rally in Phoenix, winning cheers of “Build the Wall!” “We pay our debts in this country”. That could hurt the United States’ credit rating, cause financial turmoil, harm the US economy and possibly trigger a recession. “Could have been so easy-now a mess!”

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and Ellen Nakashima report, citing three sources familiar with the situation, that before Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s case went to court earlier this year, President Trump asked Attorney General Sessions whether it would be possible for the federal government to drop the charges.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that McConnell and Trump were locked in a political “cold war”, especially after an August 9 phone call that it said devolved into a shouting match. “The President ran on it, won on it and plans to build it”, said White House spokesman Natalie Strom.

Since then, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has had to take “extraordinary” measures to stave off a default until Congress agrees to raise the Treasury’s borrowing capability. He said McConnell mentioned it again on Wednesday in a statement the Senate leader issued about his “shared goals” with Trump.

President Donald Trump is spoiling for a fight with Congress over funding a border wall with Mexico, but he’ll have a hard time waging that battle because of a looming deadline to avert a USA debt default.

Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a Republican who chairs a House Appropriations subcommittee, said shutting down the government was very “unwise” and such a move could backfire on the party that controls power in Washington.

“I don’t think anyone’s interested in having a shutdown”, he told reporters in Hillsboro, Ore., where visited an Intel factory. Some analysts expect that Congress will attempt to approve both a budget measure and a debt ceiling increase at the end of September to address these problems.

With the deadline to continue funding the federal government just over a month away, the White House isn’t shutting down chatter that the government may shut down, NBC News reported.

Some of the president’s advisers consider a tough stand on border wall funding crucial to Trump’s credibility and even political survival, two White House officials said.

Democrats also slammed Trump for his threat.

President Donald Trump’s threat to shut down the USA government to secure funding for a wall along the Mexican border rattled markets on Wednesday and cast a shadow over efforts in Congress to raise the country’s debt ceiling and pass spending bills.

A respected think tank said in a report on Thursday the government might not have enough money to pay all its bills on October 2 if Washington does not raise the debt cap.

Ryan, who answered questions Thursday from employees at Boeing Everett, Washington, said the debt ceiling will be raised. U.S. stocks and the dollar weakened and investors pivoted to the safety of U.S. Treasury securities on Wednesday.

Trump has often expressed frustration that Congress has not passed significant legislation since he took office in January, particularly its failure to pass a bill to replace Democratic former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law – something that Trump had promised to accomplish.

“Trade is a victor for America”, McConnell told Kentucky farmers and lawmakers.

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