Trump breaks with GOP to make a budget deal with Democrats

President Trump took Congressional Republicans by surprise Wednesday with the announcement that he had made a deal with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
By Lucas Rowe | Sep 08, 2017
President Trump took Congressional Republicans by surprise Wednesday with the announcement that he had made a deal with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to resolve a looming federal-budget impasse. Trump shared the news with reporters as he flew to an event in Bismark, N.D.
"We had a very good meeting; we essentially came to a deal. I think the deal will be very good," Trump said.
In their closed-door meeting, which Trump hosted at the White House, the president and his Democratic counterparts agreed to finance the government from the start of the new fiscal year October 1 until December 15. They also agreed to attach these action items to legislation that provides aid to survivors of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
The House approved a $7.85-billion relief package of hurricane aid, but House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had derided the notion of attaching the budget and debt-ceiling resolutions to the aid as "a ridiculous idea" earlier that morning. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had also expressed opposition to the idea before the meeting.
McConnell and Ryan were present at the White House meeting, along with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Pelosi and Schumer proposed combining the budget measures with the relief aid, and the Republicans objected and pitched a counter-proposal that only extended the government's borrowing authority.
Trump broke the impasse by abruptly siding with the Democrats, according to aides. McConnell indicated afterward to reporters that he would support the plan but that it was Trump's idea and not his.
"The president can speak for himself," McConnell said. "But his feeling was that we needed to come together."

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