How Lawmakers Are Responding To President Trump

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Congress' Republican leaders have an opportunity to be remembered for saving the country by bringing about the end of this president's tenure as soon as possible. She told reporters traveling with Trump on Wednesday, "I think everybody knows this president isn't somebody who backs down, and if he thinks that you need to lean in a little bit, he certainly will".

While congressional leadership positions are voted on by party members in Congress, the president can use his significant influence and weigh in both publicly and privately about his own party's leadership, and whether it's time for a change.

SHAPIRO: The president's criticism focused heavily on the Senate, where the majority leader is Mitch McConnell.

The real discussions between Democrats and Republicans, once Congress returns after Labor Day, will be about finding some compromise that allows Trump to save face and Democrats to declare victory.

Most Republican lawmakers would welcome Mike Pence's ascension to the presidency - preferably before Trump has time to do his party too much damage in next year's midterm election.

In a tweet, Fabrizio shared answers from a new national survey of Republican voters, one of them asking whether they would support the President for renomination.

"If we have to close down our government we are building that wall", Mr. Trump said.

"Jeff Flake is an excellent Senator and a tireless advocate for Arizona and our nation". "But I'll make a prediction: I think he's going to be just fine, OK?"

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In a statement that came several hours after McConnell's, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "President Donald J. Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell remain united on many shared priorities, including middle class tax relief, strengthening the military, constructing a southern border wall, and other important issues".

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said Wednesday that he viewed Trump's threat as him "laying down the tough line", i.e. a negotiation tactic. Basically forecasting the rise of Trump, they concluded: "It is a self-inflicted wound, but one with disastrous consequences for us all".

"We have beaten them in appropriations", Pelosi said.

"If Donald Trump runs, he will be the Republican nominee". Instead, she cast a write-in vote for House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin in the general election. And most importantly for those of us loyal to the Republican Party, it would forever betray the Grand Old Party we still firmly believe in.

Mr. Trump spoke about Flake first.

To the editor: During World War I, there was a British recruiting poster that showed a father being asked by his children, "Daddy, what did you do in the Great War?" And on the debt ceiling, conservatives in the House have made it clear that they won't budge unless legislation includes spending reforms.

Roll Call reached out to a number of vulnerable Republicans, up for re-election next year, who voted against the repeal bill, but none responded to our inquiries.

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