Trump to Jilted GOP: Inaction Led to Deal With Dems

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"The average person blames Congress for the failure to enact this president's agenda", Pittenger's GOP challenger, Mark Harris, recently told The New York Times.

That would be the same Schumer whom the president had previously slammed as a "clown" and "Cryin' Chuck".

"They totally won it", Yarmuth said. A new, "more presidential" Trump (how many times have we heard that?) did not emerge last week; the same narcissistic personality who puts his own "winning" above any other concern simply reappeared.

It's not a complete surprise to his fellow Republicans. They have been negotiating for months to hammer out a deal on tax reform.

Trump announced last week that he is scrapping DACA, a program that allowed young immigrants who came to the US illegally as children to remain in the country and work legally.

"I said, 'Well, what you always do, '" Pelosi replied, laughing as she recalled the exchange. "They want to see some dialogue". Whatever your view of Kentucky senator McConnelll, he'll forget more about legislative strategy than Trump, the faux deal-maker, ever will know.

Still, just having the option on the table of delaying the debt ceiling changes the entire narrative for Republicans, many of whom were lambasting Trump for dealing with the Democrats and chastising McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan for not anticipating the deal and preventing it.

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While a president's party typically faces strong headwinds in the first midterm after winning the White House, it clearly spells bad news for Republicans when popular incumbents retire because Donald Trump has become toxic after only nine months in office. Republicans, no doubt aware how it would look to subject 800,000 young people to deportation in a congressional election year, say they're working on it, but on Monday the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed a hearing on the issue. Trump, who essentially hijacked the party two years ago, has positioned himself as the voice of voters who feel alienated from Washington and disdain both parties.

Bannon was thought to be behind the move by Trump's political arm to air ads against Heller ahead of the Senate's contentious, and ultimately failed, vote to repeal Obamacare. "So what's he going to do?" asked Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council.

"I'm anxious about losing the House now because of this", Bannon said. With Democrats effectively gerrymandered out of power, the president's historically low poll numbers and tarnished brand among Republicans in Congress may prove to be the only hope for any real opposition to his far-right agenda. The Republican chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. once considered a top contender to become Trump's secretary of state, conceded this week: "I have not decided what I'm going to do in the future".

Their frustrations spilled out during a closed-door meeting Friday with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney, a former SC congressman, who were sent to Capitol Hill to defend the deal.

From the start of his presidency, Trump has repeatedly labeled Democrats as obstructionists, and few expect his budding alliance with Schumer and Pelosi to be long-lived.

More conservative-leaning House members, such as those in the Freedom Caucus, are wary of passing any budget with concessions to Democrats before seeing the finalized version of the tax reform bill, according to Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur.

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