Trump taunts Hill Republicans, claims handful of Dems 'control the Senate'

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The second option was a politically unsafe one before Hurricane Harvey tore through southern Texas over the weekend and it now looks even riskier. For one, the president doesn't care much about policy details and has been distracted with more entertaining diversions, like picking fights with half the Republican leadership in the Senate, announcing a troop surge in Afghanistan, threatening to shut down the government if Congress doesn't fund his border wall, and giving neo-Nazis cover for the violence in Charlottesville.

Sources with knowledge of the call said the exchange quickly devolved into a shouting match, as an irate Trump expressed his frustrations about the congressional investigation into Russian interference in the United States election past year and fumed about a Russia sanctions bill Congress passed that would tie Trump's hands on the matter.

Increasingly pressured to demonstrate their governing chops, GOP leaders have insisted they'll pass the spending bills in time to keep the government running beyond October 1, when funding expires. "Build that wall!" The New York Times reports that former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon privately told Trump that getting the wall funding is an absolute must, because Trump's base will not tolerate another loss after the failure to repeal Obamacare.

A government shutdown will likely affect funding for programs funded by certain laws, including Social Security. A veto would put Trump in a unsafe position of rejecting a bill approved by his own party.

An unnamed outside adviser to Trump told the Washington Post Thursday that Trump is very purposefully setting GOP leaders on Capitol Hill up to take the blame as the President's agenda continues to stall in the fall.

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"Republicans need to stop the chaos and sort themselves out in a hurry", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

But outside of Trump rallies, polls show significant majorities of Americans oppose spending money on a border wall.

"I like to remind people the Senate is in the personnel business", McConnell said.

"With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL".

Congress will have about 12 working days when it returns on September 5 from its summer break to approve spending measures to keep the government from shutting down, and a deadline also is closing in for raising the cap on the amount the federal government may borrow. "We have over 200 bills". The deadline for passing a spending bill to keep the government open is at the end of next month.

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In June, DC Police Chief Peter Newsham said that "there's no indication at all that the protesters were a terrorist group". Of the other 17, two are Canadians, and the rest are Turkish nationals.

Federal assistance for those affected by devastating floods triggered by Harvey could be attached to a new continuing resolution.

"Clearly we've had dozens of occasions when the debt limit has been raised in the past, and we don't expect this time to be any different", says Charles Seville, senior director at Fitch Ratings.

"I think he's a strong conservative".

The government shutdown in 2013 was led in part by Sen. "If it's necessary, we'll have to see".

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