Shortly after Congress approved a bill on Friday to increase the debt ceiling and provide funding for the many victims of Hurricane Harvey, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that President Trump was willing to work with anyone “interested in moving the ball forward to help the American people.”
On Wednesday, Mr. Trump made a deal with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to increase the debt ceiling until mid-December to the horror of many Republicans who still refuse to admit that it was their obstructionist stand which forced the president to turn to the Democrats. Instead, they are trying to convince everyone that Mr. Trump caved in to the ‘other side.’
As Sanders beautifully put it, President Trump is fed up with the dithering of our GOP-dominated Congress.
“We are less concerned with what makes Congress happy and more concerned with what makes America better and stronger,” Sanders told reporters during a press briefing.
The WH press secretary also pointed out that voters expected President Trump to get involved especially when Congress failed to do its job.
“The president is focused on doing what’s best for the American people,” Sanders said before adding that voters had clearly indicated that they wanted their president “to be a leader, step up and take action.”
“That’s exactly what the president did,” Sanders told the reporters.
GOP pundit Pat Buchanan agrees.
“Donald Trump is president because he was seen as a doer not a talker. Among the most common compliments paid him in 2016 was, ‘At least he gets things done!’” Buchanan wrote on his website on Friday.
Sanders also confirmed that the Trump-Pelosi-Schumer deal may not be a ‘one-off’ event.
“[The president is] committed to moving legislation through; he wants Congress to act and is happy to have Democrats be part of that [and he will] continue to work with anyone willing to sit down at the table,” she stressed.
American voters continue to have a dim view of Congress. In a recent poll conducted by Fox News between August 27 and August 29, only 15 percent of respondents said that they approved of the job Congress was doing. Three times more people view the president positively.
Newt Gingrich also praised the president describing his decision as a “very smart deal.”
“For the president, it’s a very smart deal. It gets momentum the first week back. It changes the tone. It gets the money to Houston, and it postpones the big fight over the debt ceiling for 90 days. And I think the president’s attitude is: who knows what’s going to happen over 90 days?” the former speaker of the House said on Friday.Share