President Donald Trump has left his party red-faced on Wednesday as he sided with Democrats to support a deal that would ensure passage of disaster relief funding as well as raising the debt ceiling and continuing to fund the government into December.
Trump is now accepting a deal that would fund Hurricane Harvey aid but only raise the debt ceiling for three months.
Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on “We had a very good meeting,” Trump said of his conversation earlier in the day with top Democratic and Republican leaders at the White House. “We essentially came to a deal and I think the deal will be very good.”
Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, entered the Oval Office toward the end of the meeting to say hello, the source added. “The meeting careened off topic,” the source said. “Republican leaders were visibly annoyed by Ivanka’s presence.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier called the Democratic leaders’ push for a short, three-month increase in the debt limit “a ridiculous idea.”
“I think that’s ridiculous and disgraceful that they want to play politics with the debt ceiling at this moment when we have fellow citizens in need to respond to these hurricanes so that we do not strand them,” Ryan told reporters.
Democratic leaders made their announcement Wednesday morning, saying in a statement they would support a debt ceiling bill being tied to Harvey aid, but only if the measure to avoid default lasted for three months.
“Given Republican difficulty in finding the votes for their plan, we believe this proposal offers a bipartisan path forward to ensure prompt delivery of Harvey aid as well as avoiding a default, while both sides work together to address government funding, Dreamers, and health care,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in the statement.