Ryan says a government shutdown isn't necessary after Trump threat

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 29, 2017

Trump, of course, is not responsible for passing more bills than nearly any other president - at least, not bills of substance - and in fact his impact on the House and the Senate has been at best minimal, and at worst actually harmful to his own agenda. Thom Tillis of North Carolina to express his unhappiness with a bill that would limit Trump's ability to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russia's election interference.

SUSAN DAVIS, BYLINE: Hey, Ari.

The only shred of credibility that GOP majorities in Congress will have in 2018 is their ability and willingness to deliver on the agenda of President Donald Trump - including the wall. After all, then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer said last month that the administration would be dotting the i's and crossing the t's on a bill in September.

Trump is tapping into suspicions long held on the right that Republicans in Congress don't always mean what they say.

So, over the course of 11 minutes, Trump decided Senate rules have to be changed in order to pass legislation, and under the status quo, he's signing all kinds of passed legislation. If Trump will not, McConnell seems to be standing ready to tell his congressional colleagues that they will have to fill the void.

"But we're starting to fix a lot of the walls", he continued.

The former senator was quick to draw a distinction between what others say makes Trump a non-Republican - his anti-establishment rhetoric and non-career politician status - and the divisiveness that he believes makes Trump a non-Republican. How unusual is that?

Trump has taken aim at Sen.

You know what to do! Heading into the fall legislative season that message is clear: The president is displeased with the leaders of his own party. Some of them have already indicated they are willing to shut down the government to get it.

Republican leaders in Congress have repeatedly pushed back on the idea of a shutdown. At a rally in Arizona, the state both men represent, Trump slammed McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, for casting the deciding vote against the health care bill. The lesson so far is, it just doesn't work.

The White House is not shutting down chatter of a potentially calamitous government shutdown.

The offices of both men have since put out statements downplaying the tensions. How real is that threat over the border wall?

Capitol Hill Republican leaders have said a government shutdown won't happen. Trump said he was "very disappointed in Mitch", and reportedly had a "profane shouting match" over the phone on August 9. Congress also will have about 12 working days from when it returns to approve spending measures to keep the government open.

President Donald Trump on Sunday returned to rallying his base by continuing to insist that Mexico will pay for his proposed border wall, after last week threatening a government shutdown if funding for the barrier isn't provided in the USA budget. And Republicans are - just have no level of certainty over what the president's going to do.

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