US President Barack Obama has blasted Republican opponents, who he said had damaged America's economy and credibility, issuing a stern rebuke after a prolonged stand-off that forced a government shutdown and threatened default.
As Congress reopened the US government on Thursday and signed off on more borrowing so America could pay its bills, the president warned that the deal reached at the last minute on Wednesday had quelled but not ended the deep political and fiscal crisis.
The administration and its Republican opponents know the deal only pushed the unsolved and bitter ideological battle a few months into the future. Mr Obama warned against doing it again. "The American people are completely fed up with Washington," Mr Obama said in a forceful tone.
"Probably nothing has done more damage to America's credibility in the world than the spectacle we've seen these past few weeks," the president said in an impassioned White House appearance.
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