President Donald Trump has been frustrated lately with Republican leaders in Congress. They failed to keep their and his campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. They have not been very cooperative in other areas as well. In fact, Steve Bannon has suggested that McConnell and Ryan have been actively working to nullify Trump’s election.
As the end of the fiscal year drew near and a budget needed to be passed, which required raising the debt ceiling and his desire to get quick funding for FEMA and Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, Trump felt it necessary to turn to Democrat leaders Schumer and Pelosi to get things accomplished quickly, drawing the ire of many Republicans, including McConnell and Ryan.
At least one Republican lawmaker has stood up in defense of Trump’s actions, and like Trump, blames GOP leadership for what happened.
One of the GOP’s toughest budget hawks on Sunday defended President Trump for striking a funding deal with Democrats, saying Republican leaders left the commander in chief no “good options.”
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace he was not a fan of the deal Trump cut last week with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. But he recognized Trump had to strike a bargain to pay for Hurricane Harvey aid and raise the federal debt limit.
“Frankly, what options did the president have?” asked Jordan, arguing Republican leaders of the GOP-controlled Congress didn’t have a better plan…
I’m surprised that Jordan actually spoke out against the Republican leadership, unless he is part of a growing number of Republican lawmakers who want a change of leadership in both the House and Senate. To be honest, if that is his motive for the open criticism, then I agree with him. I believe that both McConnell and Ryan have proven to be ineffective and counterproductive to what the American people expect from them.