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Trump says Republicans 'look like fools' and 'will never win' until they kill the filibuster

President Trump on Saturday urged Senate Republicans to get rid of the upper chamber's filibuster rule, which means some major legislation requires 60 votes to pass — instead of a simple majority of 51 — to avoid being delayed or derailed by a single filibustering senator, typically of the opposition party.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has repeatedly indicated he wants to keep the filibuster, which was already tossed out for nominee confirmations, including for the Supreme Court, by Democratic and Republican majorities using the "nuclear option."

This rule did not affect the Senate GOP's health-care bill, though Trump has previously raised the issue in connection with that vote.