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Trump Fires Off Raring Tweetstorm, Blames McConnell And Ryan For Debt Ceiling ‘Mess’

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Trump Fires Off Raring Tweetstorm, Blames McConnell And Ryan For Debt Ceiling ‘Mess’

In a series of morning tweets, President Trump on Thursday blamed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) for what he predicts will be “a mess” to raise the federal government’s debt limit.

Trump said he asked he asked the GOP leaders in Congress to include a debt ceiling increase in a recent Veterans Affairs bill, and that their failure has led to a political mess surrounding the issues.

Trump tweeted: “I requested that Mitch M & Paul R tie the Debt Ceiling legislation into the popular V.A. Bill (which just passed) for easy approval. They … didn’t do it so now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval. Could have been so easy — now a mess!”

Congress faces an end-of-September deadline to raise the debt ceiling to avert a fiscal crisis. Next month could produce legislative brinkmanship because the debt impasse coincides with the deadline to pass a new government spending bill.

The veterans legislation referred to by Trump is a measure he signed into law on Wednesday that accelerates the appeals process for disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

On Tuesday, Trump threatened to shut down the government if the bill does not include funding to construct a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, one of the president’s signature campaign promises.

Trump’s tweets escalate a feud with fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill. Trump’s relationship with McConnell, in particular, has deteriorated in recent weeks, with the president blaming his party’s senators for failing to pass health-care legislation this summer.

McConnell said earlier this month that lawmakers would not let the U.S. default on its debt this fall.

“There is zero chance — no chance — we won’t raise the debt ceiling,” McConnell said during a Louisville, Ky., event with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, according to The Washington Post.

A debt ceiling bill cannot get through the Senate without the support of at least eight Democrats, giving the minority party leverage in the talks.

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