Republicans Are Losing Their Minds Over Trump's Debt Deal With Democrats

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There is no shortage of Republicans looking to rip into their party’s leader, President Donald Trump, after he suddenly signed on to the Democratic plan for raising the debt ceiling during an Oval Office meeting yesterday.

“He fucked us,” a senior Republican official said to Axios AM on Thursday morning.


On Tuesday night, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders were told that the White House would buy into their plan to pair Hurricane Harvey relief funding with an 18-month federal debt ceiling hike, Politico reported. But a day later, Trump sided with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on their plan to raise the ceiling for three months in exchange for $8 billion in hurricane relief funds, which was widely read as a major concession to the Democrats and a slap in the face to the GOP.

“A three-month debt ceiling? Why not do a daily debt ceiling?” Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) cracked to Politico. “He’s the best deal-maker ever. Don’t you know? I mean, he’s got a book out!”


Former Sen. Jim DeMint, an influential conservative who lead the Heritage Foundation, called the deal “just a betrayal of everything we’ve been talking about for years as Republicans.”

But maybe Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) finally gets it now.

“It’s fine,” McConnell told Politico, when asked about his relationship with Trump. “Everything’s fine.”


Fine indeed!


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