- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 2, 2017

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that perhaps a future government shutdown would be good for the country.

Mr. Trump tweeted: “The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! We…” he continued, “either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good “shutdown” in September to fix mess!”

The president was reacting to the less-than-enthusiastic reaction from Republicans over the bipartisan spending bill congressional leaders reached this week.

The deal includes funding for Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, which many Republicans are not pleased with. It does, however, include increased funding for border security, something Republicans requested.

• Sally Persons can be reached at spersons@washingtontimes.com.

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