Trump's frustration with budget compromise has him considering merits of a 'shutdown'

On the defensive, Mr Trump and his allies issued a flurry of contradictory statements ahead of key votes in Congress on a 1.1 trillion-dollar spending bill to keep the government at full speed through September. The positive framing comes as Democrats have tried to declare victory over obtaining $5 billion in domestic spending increases and blocking other measures, such as funding to begin construction of a wall along the USA border with Mexico.

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy called Trump's threat "a sour and shameful note to kick off negotiations" for next year's spending plan, pointing to billions of dollars of losses triggered by the shutdown four years ago.

And Democrats and the pragmatic Republicans who negotiated the bill successfully defended other accounts targeted by Trump such as foreign aid, the Environmental Protection Agency, support for the arts and economic development grants, among others.

Trump seemed to be on a desperate public relations blitz yesterday to combat Democrats' celebrating what they called major concessions from the White House on the bill.

"We got rid of all of the foolish things, like the wall, the Mexican wall, the effort to repeal Planned Parenthood, we got rid of all of that, " said Sen.

Some Democrats responded, calling Mr. Trump's tweets irresponsible.

Mr. Trump also touted the five-month spending-bill deal in a Rose Garden ceremony Tuesday honoring members of the Air Force Academy football team, describing it as an "under the radar" victory.

Mulvaney said the White House will turn next to the 2018 budget, and wouldn't balk at a government shutdown if necessary to get it passed, echoing Trump's tweet earlier in the day that the U.S. "needs a good shutdown".

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"I don't think there's any Democrat who wanted a shutdown", Coons said on CNN, according to the Washington Examiner.

Trump had complained earlier Tuesday about having to work with Democrats, tweeting that, "Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!"

Republicans say their greatest victory was securing the additional $15 billion in defense money from an off-budget war fund.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said the funding bill is the product of bipartisan negotiations, and that it "delivers some important conservative wins, including critical steps forward on defense and border security".

Trump's 2018 budget proposal was never expected to pass both houses of Congress just as he wrote it. Patty Murray (D., Wash.) said.

Mulvaney also acknowledged the funding won't allow the White House to build "new wall" - certainly not the massive concrete barriers Trump has so often promised his supporters - but unveiled the administration's plans to fix and replace existing fencing with a "see-through steel wall".

House Speaker Paul Ryan praised the measure as bipartisan, and said the biggest gain for conservatives came as Democrats dropped longstanding demands to match Pentagon increases with equal hikes for nondefense programs.