After Republicans failed to pass a repeal and replace of Obamacare and other legislation stalls, it seems Donald Trump is beginning to reach out to the Democrats.
In the past few days, U.S. President Donald Trump has surprised many by taking a more bipartisan tone and outright siding with Democrats.
First, he rejected a proposal for an 18-month debt limit increase, and instead supported a plan by Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer for a 3 month increase.
Then, after a phone call from Pelosi where she asked him to send a reassuring message to those losing DACA coverage, Trump tweeted the following:
For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about – No action!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2017
Pelosi then retweeted it:
Thank you for this commitment, Mr. President. Real protections will only come from your signing the DREAM Act ASAP. https://t.co/dCXSFrWfoy
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) September 7, 2017
And, if that wasn’t surprising enough, Trump expressed support for an idea by Schumer to eliminate the debt ceiling – a move opposed by many Republicans.
“For many years, people have been talking about getting rid of debt ceiling altogether, and there are a lot of good reasons to do that,” said Trump. “It complicates things, it’s really not necessary. So certainly that’s something that will be discussed.”
Republicans have little leverage over Trump
Trump didn’t win the Republican nomination because of his commitment to conservative orthodoxy. He challenged that orthodoxy on many issues, particularly free trade and immigration. Many Republicans, including Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, never really liked Trump or wanted him to win.
Additionally, Trump is a former Democrat, and a New Yorker, and previously got along well with Schumer.
All of that, combined with the failure of the Republicans to pass any big legislation, means the Republicans have little leverage over Trump.
As surprising as much of this seems, it’s what would generally be expected by a New York Republican – especially one who was known for most of their life as a deal-maker, rather than an ideologue.
Photo – Twitter