Trump trying to plan meeting with House, Senate leaders: report

Trump trying to plan meeting with House, Senate leaders: report
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President Trump is reportedly trying to plan a meeting with House and Senate leadership as Congress returns from the August recess and attempts to avert a possible government shutdown.

Politico reported Thursday that Trump is working on setting up a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump's plan to claw back spending hits wall in Congress GOP lawmakers want Trump to stop bashing Congress Parkland father calls out Trump, McConnell, Ryan after Santa Fe shooting MORE (R-Ky.), Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanStudents arrested protesting gun violence outside Paul Ryan’s office Parkland father calls out Trump, McConnell, Ryan after Santa Fe shooting GOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan MORE (R-Wis.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer: GOP efforts to identify FBI informant 'close to crossing a legal line' Patients deserve the 'right to try' How the embassy move widens the partisan divide over Israel MORE (D-N.Y.).

A spending bill must be passed in the upcoming weeks or the federal government will shut down Oct. 1. Congress is also faced with trying to pass a bill to increase the debt limit.

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Trump told a crowd at his Phoenix rally on Tuesday that he won't support a spending package that omits funds for his plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” he said.

Trump also attacked GOP leaders in tweets early Thursday, blaming them for not tying legislation to raise the debt ceiling to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) bill that he signed Wednesday, calling the process a "mess."

"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," Trump wrote on Twitter.

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...

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017

...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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017

The House and Senate return from their recess on Sept. 5. GOP leaders are looking to move on to tax reform alongside the debt ceiling and spending bills as the party recuperates from collapsed efforts to repeal ObamaCare in July.

On Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was "disappointed" in Congress for not repealing ObamaCare, but was ready to work with congressional leaders when the recess ends next month.

“We're disappointed that ObamaCare, they failed to get it repealed and replaced, but at the same time, President Trump has worked with leader McConnell to reach out to other members and to work on those shared goals and we're going continue to do that when the senate comes back from recess," Sanders said.