Widely considered as one of the most respected conservatives in Washington DC, the former head of the Heritage Foundation, Jim DeMint, who is also a former U.S. senator, said President Donald J. Trump’s decision to accept a deal with Democratic congressional leaders on a short-term debt ceiling increase was a “betrayal” of Republican principles.
The deal took place Wednesday during a meeting at the White House with leaders from both parties.
DeMint has been a supporter of Trump, but his comments reflect a growing frustration conservatives appear to have with the president and his unpredictable nature. “It’s just a betrayal of everything we’ve been talking about for years as Republicans,” DeMint told Politico. “What the president’s going to find is…if they bet on Democratic votes they better plan on [giving up] a lot more than they think they’re going to.”
Trump made the agreement with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The deal makes it so a possible government shutdown is pushed off until December 15. Trump liked the deal because it will raise the debt ceiling, and provide aid to communities hit by Hurricane Harvey
What shocked many Republicans about the deal was an hour before it was made, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) tagged the Democrats’ proposal for a three month extension as “ridiculous and disgraceful.” He said the Democrats where using a national disaster to play politics.
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