In an unprecedented move, President Trump has screwed over his own party to work with Democratic leadership.
BREAKING NEWS: For the first time since his inauguration, Trump is finally acting presidential.
I never thought this day would come.
On Wednesday, Trump supported a bill backed by Democrats to provide a short-term bump in the debt ceiling to accommodate hurricane relief funding, ignoring Republicans’ selfish desires.
The decision came after Trump met with leadership from both parties that morning — the first meeting of its kind since the president assumed office. According to CNN, Trump ignored advice from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin — cutting him off mid-speech to side with Democrats — to ensure passage of the deal.
“We had a very good meeting,” Trump said of the discussion. “We essentially came to a deal, and I think the deal will be very good.”
The deal included a three-month debt ceiling increase that will avoid the threat of government shutdown until December — a stipulation demanded by Democrats, but loathed by GOP leadership.
“I think that’s ridiculous and disgraceful that they want to play politics with the debt ceiling at this moment when we have fellow citizens in need to respond to these hurricanes so that we do not strand them,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters, apparently hellbent on causing a government shutdown.
“Now nothing will get done between now and Dec. 15,” one Republican aide told CNN, devastated by the president’s betrayal of party-line politics. “You think people will vote for a budget now?”
But Trump appeared unfazed when asked about GOP backlash, insisting that bipartisan policy was the best course of action.
“Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I,” said Trump. “If we can get something to happen, we’re going to sign it and we’re going to make a lot of happy people.”
What’s Happening Now:
Shocked by Trump’s abandonment of the GOP agenda, reporters reached out to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders this Friday to achieve greater insight on the chief executive’s rationale.
“The goal is to have bipartisan efforts and certainly legislation where you’ve got Republicans and Democrats both working towards it,” Sanders said during the press briefing. “That was something that the president talked about during the campaign and certainly something that I think the American people expect and one of the reasons they voted for him. I certainly would expect to continue to see that.”
By Sanders’ analysis, this deal is more than a random act of human decency by the commander-in-chief. It constitutes fulfillment of Trump’s long-touted campaign promise to reach across the aisle to enact moderate legislation — one that, until now, appeared dead in the water.
“The president is committed to moving legislation through,” said Sanders. “He wants Congress to act. He’s happy to have Democrats be part of that. Tax reform is a huge part of the agenda moving into the fall. Infrastructure is something we would love to see. He had meetings on that yesterday. We’re going to continue to work with anyone willing to sit down at the table and focus on those pieces of legislation.”
Assuming she’s right, it’s an abrupt change of heart for Trump, who previously appeared content with Congressional inaction. Fed up with the GOP’s lack of direction and initiative, it now seems that Trump intends to pursue bipartisan efforts.
“Given Republican difficulty in finding the votes for their plan, we believe this proposal offers a bipartisan path forward to ensure prompt delivery of Harvey aid as well as avoiding a default, while both sides work together to address government funding, Dreamers, and health care,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.
While Republican leadership vilified the unanticipated deal, they issued half-hearted statements which failed to identify the reasoning behind their disapproval (aside from their blind hatred of Democrats, of course).
“The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal is bad,” said Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE).
“It wasn’t a good strategy,” said another GOP leadership aide.
According to White House Legislative Director Marc Short, Trump’s deal with Democrats constitutes an effort to “clear the deck” for tax reform — his top legislative priority.
Regardless of the intent, Trump’s sudden willingness to forgo alt-right rhetoric in exchange for logic and reason have caused a jump in public opinion polls. Trump’s approval rating now sits at 39.7 percent — a 2.3 percentage point increase over the previous month, according to RealClearPolitics.
Sanders suggested that while the president is still committed to repealing Obamacare, he’d like to work with Democrats to ensure amicable healthcare reform for all Americans.
“This was a decision he made and he was willing to work with Democrats to get it done,” said Sanders. “We’re less focused on what makes Congress happy and what makes America better and strong.”