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Trump widens rift with Congress as critical showdowns loom

Mr. Trump threatened to shut down the government in a matter of weeks

Julie Hirschfeld Davis | NYT 

President Trump has widened an extraordinary rift with his own party, as he threatened a government shutdown over his long-promised border wall and attacked key lawmakers whose votes he needs heading into a crucial legislative period. The escalating tensions between the Republican president and the Republican Congress endanger delicate negotiations in the coming weeks to overhaul the tax system, keep the government running and avoid a costly default on the country’s debt. They are the clearest signs to date that the uncomfortable alliance between Mr. Trump, who won the ...

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First Published: Thu, August 24 2017. 09:24 IST