Trump accuses Dems of seeking shutdown in high-speed tweetstorm

Trump accuses Dems of seeking shutdown in high-speed tweetstorm
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President Trump on Thursday accused congressional Democrats of spurring a government shutdown crisis in a string of rapid-fire tweets. 

“I promise to rebuild our military and secure our border. Democrats want to shut down the government. Politics!” Trump tweeted. 

“Democrats jeopardizing the safety of our troops to bail out their donors from insurance companies. It is time to put #AmericaFirst,” he continued. “Democrats used to support border security — now they want illegals to pour through our borders.”

Trump also warned of the consequences of a possible shutdown. 

“As families prepare for summer vacations in our National Parks - Democrats threaten to close them and shut down the government. Terrible!” 

Trump posted six tweets in a two-minute span — a much faster pace than his usual tweets.

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The messages came even though lawmakers appear to have agreed to a stopgap spending bill to avert a shutdown, after the White House dropped some of its key demands in a broader budget agreement.  


But House Democrats on Thursday threatened to oppose the short-term measure if Republicans move ahead with a plan to repeal ObamaCare this week. 

GOP leaders could very well need Democratic votes to advance the bill if hardline conservatives oppose the funding measure.

Trump’s tweets appear to have been preplanned. At the time they were published, he was attending a Take Your Child to Work Day event at the White House.