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President Donald Trump mixed it up Friday with Congressional Republicans angry about his compromise with Democrats on authorizing a short-term debt limit increase.

The president lashed out on Twitter:

The president then added what's on his agenda now:

Seventeen Republican senators voted against raising the debt ceiling. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) was among the most vocal critics. Sasse had introduced a “clean bill” alternative to the debt ceiling increase that would have provided the Hurricane Harvey disaster relief.

“This is an embarrassing moment for a Republican-controlled Congress and a Republican administration,” he said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), however, said he understood why the president did it, per Fox News:

“I have a belief on debt issues that we should put credit markets to have longevity on these things. But I completely understand why he was doing what he was doing and why his motivation is, 'We've got hurricane relief, let’s make it bipartisan, and let’s clear the decks so we can focus on our shared agenda like tax reform.'”

It appears President Trump is engaging in some high-stakes poker ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. And if the president can't get his agenda through with only Republican votes, he's looking to strike deals wherever he can get them — no matter whose feathers he ruffles.

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