In his latest round of morning tweets, President Trump told the world of social media that the government needs a "good 'shutdown'" later this year in order to kill a legislative filibuster the Democrats can use to make passing his desired legislation more difficult.
The president also encouraged voters to elect more Republican senators in 2018 to ensure that his legislative agenda can be enacted without complications.
The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! We....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017
either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017
Trump made a deal with congressional Democrats and Republicans over the weekend to avoid a partial government shutdown that would have started on Saturday. The agreement, which does not provide funding for any boxes on Trump's legislative checklist, keeps the government open until Sept. 30.
Republicans have criticized the deal for not prioritizing conservative wants and needs, whereas the Democrats are hailing it as a victory due to a lack of funding for Trump's plans (like the border wall).
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