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
Expect more effort to strike bargains with Democrats if Republicans can’t settle their differences and unite behind a position.