Tensions growing between Trump and Republican leadership

Embattled US President Donald Trump has intensified a bitter fight with the leadership of his own Republican Party, blaming them for a legislative “mess” over raising the US debt ceiling.

Trump sought to blame Republican leaders in Congress for failing to reach an agreement on raising the cap on the amount the federal government may borrow, the latest in what have become regular criticisms of party leaders.

Trump said Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan had failed to heed his advice to insert a debt ceiling measure into a veterans affairs’ bill which the president signed into law earlier this month.

“They … didn’t do it so now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval. Could have been so easy-now a mess!” he said in Twitter posts.

The US Treasury Department has said the debt ceiling must be raised by September 29, otherwise the…

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