The Trump-McConnell Feud Is Back On!

President Donald Trump hosts a meeting with House and Senate leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Washington. From left, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Trump, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Less than 24 hours after the White House tried to tamp down reports that President Donald Trump was feuding with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Trump published tweets Thursday morning reigniting the standoff in the public sphere.

Trump began by preemptively blaming McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for any difficulty in passing legislation to raise the debt ceiling.

Trump followed up an hour later explicitly stating that he does have a “problem” with McConnell and chastising the Senate leader for failing to repeal Obamacare this summer.

The tweets from Trump come amid reports that he is in a standoff with McConnell. The two reportedly yelled at each other in an early August phone call during which Trump berated McConnell for not protecting him from the Russia probes, and the two have apparently not spoken since. Though the two have reportedly not spoken, they have taken jabs at each other in public.

Wednesday afternoon, both McConnell and the White House sought to quell the murmurings about their standoff with statements claiming that Trump and the Senate leader are in regular contact and are united.

But despite the White House communications office’s best efforts to dismiss the reports that Trump is at odds with Congressional leadership, Trump unraveled that narrative with his angry tweets Thursday morning.

Trump has also signaled that he is prepared for a big fight over the spending bill that Congress must pass by the end of September. During his Tuesday night rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Trump said he was willing to shut the government down in order to secure funding for his coveted border wall.

Ryan quickly dismissed the possibility of a government shutdown in September on Wednesday, a statement that may have irked Trump and prompted his Thursday morning tweets.

This post has been updated.

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