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Trump's hands-off approach to looming debt ceiling fight
Jim Lo Scalzo / AP

President Trump is likely to play a much smaller role than previous presidents have played in the looming debt ceiling crisis.

Marc Short, the director of the White House's Office of Legislative Affairs, has told associates his recommendation to the President is that the House and Senate should initiate the debt limit negotiations within their own conferences rather than leaning on Trump to do the heavy lifting. (During the previous debt ceiling crises, Obama took the opposite strategy — aggressively lobbying Congress both publicly and privately.)