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Shutdowns hurt federal workers, rattle financial markets and shake confidence in the US government overseas, but to date they have done little lasting economic damage, according to analysts. And if there's one thing that base loves more than the wall, it's the prospect of disrupting the government. Although federal employees generally were paid for the lost time after the last shutdown, the disruption to their lives and work was significant.

Either way, he can not win.

After the 1966 midterm elections, a newly enhanced conservative Democratic Congress tied Lyndon Johnson up in knots, preventing him from moving forward on some Great Society programs and forcing him to confront the budgetary costs of the Vietnam War.

"When you control the presidency, the Senate and the House, you're shutting down the government that you're running", he said.

I think he wants to take credit for the wall and a shutdown - at least he's positioning himself that way.

The Washington Post's National Political Correspondent James Hohmann wrote the president was in a hard position.

A Corker retirement, on the other hand, would lead to a likely crowded GOP primary to replace him.

At Tuesday's rally in Phoenix, the president did not bring up Flake by name.

Without broad partisan support from the GOP, Trump would not have won the election nor would he have enjoyed the kind of political insulation thus far that would have been unimaginable for any other president who has said and done the kinds of things that we have seen from his White House.

Wall Street's credit-default swap traders have ever-so-slightly increased their bets that the U.S. will renege on some part of its debt, according to Bloomberg.

Trump and McConnell have gone back and forth over what the majority leader views as the president's "excessive expectations".

"We will pass legislation to make sure we pay our debts". In July, a leaked transcript of a January phone call between Trump and Mexico's president, Enrique Pena Nieto, showed that Trump recognized he had painted himself into a corner over the wall's funding, as he implored Pena Nieto to stop saying publicly that Mexico won't pay for it.

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President Donald Trump is criticizing a Tennessee Republican who questioned his "competence" and "stability".

At issue is the huge gap between the spending caps that limit Pentagon spending under the 2011 Budget Control Act and the defense budgets proposed by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans. His threat added a new complication to Republicans' months-long struggle to reach a budget deal, rattled markets and drew rebukes from some Republicans. "There are many different options in front of us on how we achieve that".

The Wall Street Journal urges Republicans to "protect themselves from any Trump undertow in 2018" by abandoning the winning issues President Trump campaigned on.

Mr Trump has accused US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, left and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of foot-dragging on his key priorities.

Democrats are nearly uniformly opposed to paying for the border wall and their leaders are putting the onus for raising the government's borrowing authority on Republicans, who control the White House and both chambers of Congress.

He has also expressed fury that Congress had not passed any significant legislation since his January inauguration.

McConnell was "unequivocal" about it, said spokesman Don Stewart.

The fight over the wall is likely to explode in September as the administration wrangles over a new budget, an increase in the debt ceiling, the beginning of a tax reform package and a possible resuscitation of health care legislation.

Clinton survived his scandals - and even an impeachment - in part because he maintained strong personal relationships with many congressional Democrats, never openly antagonizing them the way Trump does with fellow Republicans.

The intensifying feud also puts his policy agenda in jeopardy.

The latest Twitter outburst from the president comes as divisions deepen between Trump and McConnell.

"I don't think a government shutdown is necessary and I don't think most people want to see a government shutdown", Ryan said in a press conference in OR on August 23.