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Trump Today: President calls for ‘good’ government shutdown while declaring budget victory

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         Trump Today: President calls for ‘good’ government shutdown while declaring budget victory

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the U.S. government might need a “good shutdown” in September, declared victory after Congress struck a budget deal and made plans to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin in the summer.

U.S. NEED SHUTDOWN, TRUMP SAYS

In a pair of early-morning tweets, Trump suggested a “good” government shutdown might be needed in September to allow him to bypass staunch Democratic opposition to his top goals.

The president is frustrated by an arcane rule that forces Republicans to get 60 votes in the Senate just to end debate on proposed bills. Since Republicans only have a 52-48 lead, Democrats can block Trump at almost every turn.

There is less troublesome though still difficult way for Trump to get what he wants, though. He just has to choose what he really wants and what he can afford to let slide.

Read: There’s an easier way for Trump to get what he wants without a ‘good shutdown’

‘THIS IS WHAT WINNING LOOKS LIKE’

Even as he complained about Senate rules, Trump declared victory after Democrats and Republicans struck a deal that funds the government and keeps it open until the end of September. The White House got more money for the military.


         Trump Today: President calls for ‘good’ government shutdown while declaring budget victory

“This is what winning looks like,” Trump declared during a ceremony in the Rose Garden to award the U.S. Air Force Academy football team the Commander-in-Chief trophy. The White House won more money for the military and border security.

Trump said it was an under-the-radar win for Republicans that was good for the American people. Democrats, by contrast, chortled that the deal funded most of what they wanted.

Some conservative groups, on the other hand, were less pleased. They complained the White House caved in.

Read: Hillary Clinton blames FBI’s Comey, Russia, WikiLeaks for loss

TRUMP AND PUTIN DISCUSS TROUBLESPOTS

Trump and Russia’s Putindiscussed how to eradicate terrorism, resolve the “very dangerous” standoff with North Korea and agreed the Syrian civil war has gone on too long.

In a phone call, the two leaders talked about how to reduce the suffering in Syria, including the possibility of safe zones, according to a White House summary. The U.S. will also send a representative to cease-fire talks in Kazakstan this week.

A Russian summary of the call also said Trump and Putin talked about setting up a face-to-face meeting at a regular global economic summer in Germany in early July.

The White House called the conversation a “very good one.”

PLANE TALK

The president has talked about planes since winning the election in November. He’s tried to lower Boeing

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 to cut the cost of fighter jets.

“I love buying those planes at a reduced price. I have cut billions — I have to tell you this, and they can check, right, Martha?” he said to Rep. Martha McSally of Arizona.

“I have cut billions and billions of dollars off plane contracts sitting here. Do they give me credit? No, but that’s okay. So we can either do one of two things — we can buy more planes, or we can cut the budget. What do you want to do? She says buy more planes. I think you’re right.”

Also read: Why Paul Volcker fears Trump’s push to roll back Dodd-Frank

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