US Treasury Secretary Wants More Sanctions on N. Korea

Did Steve Mnuchin's Eclipse Trip Skirt Ethics Rules?

Mnuchin originally had said that Congress would need to raise the $19.9 trillion borrowing limit by September 29 to avoid a catastrophic default on the debt, allowing the government to continue borrowing money to pay bills like Social Security and interest.

The U.S. government hit the $19.8 trillion debt limit in March and the Treasury Department has been using accounting maneuvers to free up borrowing.

But on Sunday, he said that deadline had moved up due to unexpected new spending on Harvey.

In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., requesting the storm aid, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Friday stopped short of explicitly asking for the aid to be tied to raising the debt ceiling.

"Our first priority is to make sure that the state gets money", Mnuchin also said Sunday.

"That sends all the wrong message: 'Let's go ahead and increase the debt ceiling, and by the way, while we're doing it let's go ahead and spend another $15, $20 billion?' That's not to undercut the importance of Harvey relief".

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said Sunday on NBC News' "Meet the Press" that "in the intel committee that I serve on, I think it doesn't disclose anything to say that in the past year [North Korea] has probably been the No. 1 topic month after month - what was happening there, what are we going to do about it - and I hope the neighborhood understands how critical this is".

"We need to put politics aside and we're going to be urging Congress to get both of those things done as quickly as they can", Mnuchin said.

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Those affected have been offered free entry to several of the city's museums, while shelters have also been opened for residents. The rate of fatalities has slowed since, with 11 technicians said to have been killed in Germany since 2000.

He has purportedly backed off the threat in recent days, in the aftermath of deadly and destructive Harvey.

"I did speak with the president, and it's clear that this behavior is completely unacceptable", Mnuchin said. However, Mnuchin on Sunday declined to discuss the issue. "I know that the wall is a huge priority to the president and we want to make sure that we get money for that".

He added that Trump and his first objective right now is for the people of Texas.

Republican leaders have promised that the debt ceiling will be raised in time.

Congress must still approve the aid package - and raise the country's debt ceiling along with it, said US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

"That's one way to do it", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Trump met with hits tops aides, including retired Marine Corps General John Kelly, on Sunday, but said only "we'll see" when asked if he was prepared to respond to North Korea's H-bomb test, which officials in Japan described as "ten times" more powerful than Nagaskai, with military force. "And if countries want to do business with the United Stated, they will obviously be working with our allies and others to cut of North Korea economically".

"I think everyone wants a clean supplemental", Bossert told reporters.

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