Republicans felt blindsided by a bad deal, but Trump was joyous over having struck a deal and effusive in his praise of the two Democrats without mentioning the Republican leadership.
President Donald Trump speaks to (L to R) Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell, Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority
Leader Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office, Sept. 6, 2017 | Evan Vucci/AP
- Trump is desperate for some legislative action that will be judged as progress.
- He has no rapport with the Republican Hill leadership. In fact, tweaking them is pleasant and fires up the base
- Republicans’ internal fights over entitlements, debt and deficits are of little interest to him. He wanted health care as an accomplishment and really believes tax cuts will be a legacy item, but the fiscal issues are inside baseball.
- The optics was perfect for Trump. He’s in the Oval Office (his studio), the parties are asking for his decision and he pulls a surprise. Top ratings.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (L) and President Donald
Trump in the Oval Office, Sept. 6, 2017 | Alex Wong/Getty Images