Trump tweets ‘our country needs a good shutdown’

Very few, if any, presidents actually desire a government to cease functioning. But Donald Trump isn’t like most presidents — and this morning, he took to Twitter to suggest this government “needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September.”

Trump also endorsed the idea of doing away with the legislative filibuster altogether in the Senate. “The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there!” he tweeted out.

The tweets from the president come on the heels of an announced bipartisan agreement from Congress that would keep the government running into September. The $1 trillion deal would keep government functioning, but wouldn’t include important priorities for the Trump administration, like the proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, like the president wanted.

Trump is expected to sign the spending bill into law, but his tweets seem to suggest he’s doing so reluctantly, and is even willing to hold important services hostage in order to get his more ambitious goals passed in the future.

Several departments would likely close down as a result of a shutdown, including national parks, and unemployment and veterans benefits could be affected as a result as well. The overall cost of the last government shutdown, according to CNBC, was around $20 billion to the U.S. economy.

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