Government 'needs a good shutdown,' frustrated Trump tweets

The bill, which will keep the government running until September, was immediately hailed by Democrats as a major legislative achievement and prima-facie evidence of their ability to out-negotiate and out-maneuver President Donald Trump.

The president said his party "either needs to elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51 percent". The president's tweet was that we might need a shutdown at some point to drive home and explain that Washington needs to be fixed.

After Trump's fellow Republicans in Congress jettisoned his promise to build a border wall and cut environmental spending, the embattled president lashed out, saying maybe the government should not be funded at all.

"I'd be happy to have this discussion with everybody and convince anybody on the right this was a great deal", Mulvaney said.

"This is the biggest victory we could have had", Ryan said.

Mulvaney ticked off what he claimed were White House wins in the budget deal - from reinstating a school choice program in Washington to funding for border security.

"This is what winning looks like", Trump said during a ceremony honoring the Air Force Academy football team.

Yet Trump's morning tweets hardly signaled a win and came after Democrats gleefully claimed victory in denying him much of his wish list despite being the minority party.

Democrats played a strong hand in the talks since their votes are needed to pass the bill, even though Republicans control both the White House and Congress.

Congress is expected to vote this week on the $US1.1 trillion spending bill.

White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney played defense over Trump's tweet Tuesday while telling reporters he wasn't anxious about the September deadline. Steve Bell, a Republican former staff director of the Senate Budget Committee, said Trump's call to shut down the government over the problem was merited and could lead to a breakthrough.

House Agriculture Committee chairman Mike Conaway, R-TX, said in a statement he was disappointed that assistance for cotton and dairy farmers was excluded from the omnibus appropriations bill.

Democrats' message about whether the massive bill contains any funds for Trump's promised border wall along the U.S. -Mexico border seemed to strike a nerve with Mulvaney.

Previous shutdowns have cost the USA economy tens of billions of dollars and seen federal services grind to a halt, as thousands of non-essential personnel are temporarily laid off.

"In our new budget and it's been a very hotly contested budget - we have to go through a long and rigorous process, but we've ended years of painful cuts to our military and just achieved a 21 billion dollar increase in defense spending", said Mr. Trump. So we can either do one of two things - we can buy more planes, or we can cut the budget.

"Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida said Tuesday that leadership told the GOP caucus: "'We're nearly there.'" Webster said "that means they're not there. Asked by host John Dickerson how the bill would help his supporters, Trump said: "Pre-existing conditions are in the bill".