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Trump Urges End of Filibuster to Pass Health Bill, Which Failed Without It

Nonetheless, Mr. Trump plowed on, saying “many great Republican bills will never pass,” including health care, under the filibuster rule.

“Mitch M, go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT’S TIME!” he said on Twitter. “Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don’t go to a 51 vote majority NOW. They look like fools and are just wasting time……”

Antonia Ferrier, a spokeswoman for Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, declined to comment on Mr. Trump’s posts. “If the leader issues any statements, we’ll be sure to pass along,” she said.

But Mr. McConnell’s former chief of staff, Josh Holmes, cited Mr. Trump’s tweets on Saturday as he sardonically suggested a “search for the idiot who keeps putting the President on irrelevant and counterproductive crusades,” he wrote.

The Senate this year temporarily changed its rules to allow Neil M. Gorsuch, Mr. Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, to be confirmed by a simple majority. But historically, and facing increasingly narrow elections that can flip control of the Senate every few years, most senators have opposed permanently jettisoning the rule that allows the minority party to indefinitely obstruct something that has majority support.

The president on Saturday also cited a “Fox and Friends” report that claimed Russia was behind an investigation that last year that produced a dossier about alleged unseemly incidents in Mr. Trump’s past. He said the Fox report showed that “Russia was against Trump in the 2016 election” and again blasted the several continuing federal investigations into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia as a “witch hunt.”

Late Friday, the White House announced that Mr. Trump would sign legislation that limits his power to lift sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. The White House had initially resisted the bill.

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