‘They look like fools’: Trump goes off on Republican senators in early morning tweetstorm – Business Insider


Donald Trump
President Donald
Trump.

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President Donald Trump unleashed a tweetstorm Saturday
morning aimed at Senate Republicans following their
shocking defeat in the effort to repeal the Affordable Care
Act
earlier this week. 

Republican Senate must get rid of 60 vote NOW!” Trump
tweeted. “It is
killing the R Party, allows 8 Dems to control country. 200 Bills
sit in Senate. A JOKE!”

Trump was referring to a longstanding Senate rule, which
requires 60 votes to overcome a filibuster in the upper
chamber. 

Trump said the “very outdated” rule “must go” and added, “Budget
reconciliation is killing R’s in Senate. Mitch M, go to 51 Votes
NOW and WIN. IT’S TIME!”

This is not the first time Trump has urged the
Senate’s Republican leadership to get rid of the filibuster. Just
on Friday, Trump called the 60-vote
rule “senseless.”

He added on Saturday: “Republicans in the Senate will NEVER
win if they don’t go to a 51 vote majority NOW. They look like
fools and are just wasting time……” He continued, “8
Dems totally control the U.S. Senate. Many great Republican bills
will never pass, like Kate’s Law and complete Healthcare. Get
smart!”

“If the Senate Democrats ever got the chance, they would
switch to a 51 majority vote in first minute,” Trump said in another
tweet. “They are laughing at R’s. MAKE CHANGE!”

Trump’s tweets aimed at Senate Republicans came on the
heels of a blistering defeat
the president and the GOP were handed earlier this week,
when members of their own party defected and came out against the
so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare that Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell put forward late Thursday night.


Mitch McConnell
Sen. Mitch
McConnell.

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Barria


In addition to all 48 members of the Senate Democratic
caucus, three Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski,
and John McCain — also voted against the measure, effectively
killing the GOP’s efforts to overhaul the healthcare
system.

Trump also weighed in on the ongoing controversy
surrounding his campaign’s possible ties to Russia on Saturday
morning. 

In reply to a Fox & Friends tweet saying that the firm
behind the explosive Trump-Russia dossier also worked for
Russia
, Trump tweeted, “In other
words, Russia was against Trump in the 2016 Election – and why
not, I want strong military & low oil prices. Witch
Hunt!”

The claim against the firm, Fusion GPS, was made by
Bill Browder, a former hedge fund manager who spearheaded
the passage of the Magnitsky Act after his tax lawyer, Sergei
Magnitsky, died in a Russian prison in 2009.

Browder alleged in a
complaint
 filed with the Treasury Department last year
that Fusion’s work for the US law firm BakerHostetler
violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act because it served
Russian government interests.

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