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Trump: I Tried to Raise Debt Ceiling This Month, But Congressional GOP Said No

The president made some news on Thursday morning with his claim that Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan refused his request to tie the debt ceiling to popular VA legislation.

Pence, McConnell, and Trump

President Trump claimed on Thursday morning that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) refused his request to tie raising the debt ceiling to popular veterans’ affairs legislation that passed this month.

Trump made the claims in a series of early morning tweets:

Trump appeared to be referring to the “Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act,” which according to Fox News “streamline[s] the lengthy process that veterans undergo when appealing their claims for disability benefits.”

Politico pointed out that it’s the “latest salvo” in Trump’s ongoing war with congressional Republicans:

The tweets represent the latest salvo from Trump, who has been hammering congressional Republicans for their failure so far to repeal Obamacare and for not doing more to cool the temperature around the Russia investigations.

He has especially tangled with McConnell, reaming him out in a phone call earlier this month, while the Senate majority leader later questioned Trump’s political acumen.

Trump hasn’t always been for so-called “clean” debt ceiling hikes. In 2013, he tweeted he was “embarrassed” by Republicans extending the debt ceiling: