Donald Trump is going to have to get creative in the months ahead to convince the Republican senators who have the power to pass a budget and raise the debt ceiling to do something that’s worth his while.
In his speech to Congress Tuesday, the president did not mention any specific senators, but he did say he will seek their support in the next budget fight.
Trump has long called for a short-term spending bill that would include funding for the border wall and other border security measures, and he has said he’d like to see them approved by a Republican-led Congress in the coming months.
But there are many other Republicans who are likely to vote with the president on the budget.
He’ll need them to get the spending bills passed and fund the government.
Trump is also likely to be disappointed by the results of the November elections, and his popularity with the conservative base has declined.
Democrats have won control of both houses of Congress in 2018.
Democrats have a 50-49 advantage in the Senate, and they’ll need to make gains to regain the Senate in 2019 and 2020.
But with Republicans in control of the House, Democrats have less leverage over legislation that includes spending cuts.
Democrats need to pick up three seats in the House to control the Senate and avoid a government shutdown.
Trump will need to do better than he did Tuesday to persuade the Republicans to support his budget, which has been described as unrealistic and would hurt the economy.
Trump was particularly critical of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan during the speech.
McConnell and Ryan have already announced that they will not support the president’s budget, but they’re likely to come around once Trump gives them a chance to vote on it.
Trump also has been frustrated by the fact that Republicans in the minority have resisted his agenda.
He’s also upset that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has refused to meet with him on several occasions.
“It’s going to be a tough job to convince these people, to get them to vote for this budget.
And I think they’re going to give in.
But you can never have it both ways,” Trump said.
“If they can’t come around, I’m not going to do it.
And if they can, I’ll do something else.
It’s up to me.”
Trump’s budget is not expected to get a vote on the Senate floor until after Labor Day, but Trump’s speech will have an effect on the outcome of the budget battle in the GOP-controlled House.