President Trump urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “go nuclear” on his border wall fight Friday morning; telling the GOP lawmaker to use the procedural tool to bypass the filibuster and pass a budget with a simple 51-vote majority.
“Mitch, use the Nuclear Option and get it done! Our Country is counting on you!” posted Trump on Twitter; referencing the maneuver that would end the normally required 60-vote “supermajority.”
Mitch, use the Nuclear Option and get it done! Our Country is counting on you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
The House approved the President’s request Thursday following closed-door meetings at the White House by a 217-185 majority; sending the budget bill to the Senate with Friday’s “shutdown deadline” looming.