>> President Trump wading into the thorny issue of the debt ceiling on Thursday and opening a new front in a battle with his own Republicans. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Trump has kicked the hornet's nest again, attacking the Republicans who he will have to work with closely this fall in order to avoid a meltdown over the country's growing debt.
Sometime before October, congress is going to have to raise the debt ceiling to allow the country to borrow more money and pay its bills. It's never a pleasant task, especially for Republicans who want to reign in that red ink. And Trump is not making it any easier, saying on Twitter that Republican leaders have already missed an opportunity to get it done and calling them out by name.
Trump saying that House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell should have paired a debt ceiling hike with popular veterans legislation that he just signed into law saying, quote, could've been so easy- now a mess! That idea rejected by many who say the debt ceiling should be raised by itself not sucked into the political vortex by attaching it to other legislations.
Ryan responding that he has many other options to ensure Congress raises the debt ceiling on time. This coming after Trump on Tuesday threatened at an Arizona rally to shut down the government if Congress does not fund his signature border wall with Mexico. Those two issues could make for a difficult September in Washington.
Failure could have consequences. A 2013 shutdown cost the US economy roughly $23 billion. And a 2011 debt ceiling standoff rattles financial markets and dented the United States credit rating. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.>> Congress and the previous administration have obligated trillions in spending and we need to make sure we pay our debts.
We're still committed to making sure that gets raised.>> Republicans were eager for budget showdowns back when President Obama was in the White House. Now they're trying to resolve these two issues with the minimum of fuss to show voters that they can govern competently. Meanwhile, Trump is moving in the opposite direction, amping up the drama ahead of what could be a messy couple of weeks.