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Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump tweeted in July: "The very outdated filibuster rule must go. Budget reconciliation is killing R's in Senate. Mitch M, go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT'S TIME! ... 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 ... 8 Dems totally control the U.S. Senate. Many great Republican bills will never pass, like Kate's Law and complete Healthcare. Get smart! ... If the Senate Democrats ever got the chance, they would switch to a 51 majority vote in first minute. They are laughing at R's. MAKE CHANGE!"

And a few days prior as well: He tweeted that the Senate should "immediately go to a 51 vote majority, not senseless 60."

This is a pattern for the president: He's tweeted several times about his belief to shift from the 60-vote rule, which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to keep in place.

  • May 2: Trump said that there should be more Republicans elected in 2018, or "change the rules now to 51%."
  • May 30: "The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately...Dems would do it, no doubt!"
  • July 18: "The Senate must go to a 51 vote majority instead of current 60 votes."
  • July 22: Trump says the Democrats "are obstructionists," and that "it is solely up to the 52 Republican senators!"

One more thing: A 51-vote majority wasn't able to save the Republican's "skinny repeal" Friday morning — only 49 Republicans voted in favor, killing the bill.

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Why it matters: Trump alone did not reshape the China relationship. But his trade war shattered global norms, paving the way for administration officials to pursue policies that just a few years earlier would have been unthinkable.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was "provoked by the president and other powerful people."

Why it matters: Trump was impeached by the House last week for "incitement of insurrection." McConnell has not said how he will vote in Trump's coming Senate impeachment trial, but sources told Axios' Mike Allen that the chances of him voting to convict are higher than 50%.

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Congressional leaders, including House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, will skip President Trump's departure ceremony in Maryland tomorrow morning in favor of attending mass with incoming President Joe Biden ahead of his inauguration, congressional sources familiar with their plans tell Axios.

Why it matters: Their decision is a clear sign of unity before Biden takes the oath of office.