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Despite Criticisms, Trump Attempting to Meet with Congressional Leaders on Debt Limit

The president has blasted congressional leaders in recent weeks, particularly Republicans. But he needs them to pass a debt limit bill to avoid a government shutdown.

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan at SOTU

President Trump is quietly working on assembling leaders from both parties to discuss an upcoming vote on the debt limit and on keeping the government open. If Congress doesn’t pass a spending bill by October 1, the government will shut down.

To that end, he is working on assembling leadership at the White House as Congress returns from August recess:

Politico reported Thursday that Trump is working on setting up a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Speaker Paul Ryan(R-Wis.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

It’s an awkward dance for a president who has taken to criticizing Congress repeatedly for failing to pass Trump-favored legislation. NTK reported that in the past month, Trump has openly or reportedly criticized one in seven Republicans of the U.S. Senate. Many of Trump’s frequent targets are members of his own party.

On Thursday, NTK reported on Trump’s tweet storm, in which he claimed he requested that McConnell and Ryan tie the debt ceiling increase to a VA bill.