Tue, May 2, 2017: Trump tweets U.S. needs ‘shutdown’ in September to fix Senate ‘mess’

President Donald Trump declared Tuesday the U.S. government “needs a good shutdown” to fix a “mess” in the Senate, signaling on Twitter his displeasure with a bill to keep operations running. But Republican leaders and Trump himself also praised the stopgap measure as a major accomplishment and a sign of his masterful negotiating with Democrats.

On the defensive, Trump and his allies issued a flurry of contradictory statements ahead of key votes in Congress on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government at full speed through September. After advocating for a future shutdown, the president hailed the budget agreement as a boost for the military, border security and other top priorities. Continue reading “Tue, May 2, 2017: Trump tweets U.S. needs ‘shutdown’ in September to fix Senate ‘mess’”

Tue, May 2, 2017: Trump calls Putin, leaders look to work together on Syria, possibly meet in July

U.S. President Donald J. Trump at the White House and Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg. (EPA and Sputnik photos)

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled improving prospects for cooperation in Syria in what the White House called a “very good” phone discussion that included a focus on setting up safe zones in the war-torn nation.

The Kremlin said the leaders also agreed in Tuesday’s call to try to set up their first in-person meeting in July, on the sidelines of an international summit in Germany. The White House later confirmed that information. Continue reading “Tue, May 2, 2017: Trump calls Putin, leaders look to work together on Syria, possibly meet in July”