President Trump Strikes Debt Ceiling Deal With Democrats in Exchange for Harvey Relief Funding…

Hostage negotiations are bad ju-ju, until it’s Democrats holding the hostages.

You see,… today a  funny thing happened on the way to the ‘Trump holds Dreamers Hostage for Border Wall Funding’ party.  Apparently the ‘Democrats Held Hurricane Harvey Victims Hostage to a Debt Ceiling Deal’. Huh… funny that.

(VIA AP) Democratic leaders say President Donald Trump has agreed to a plan to fund the government and increase the nation’s debt limit for three months as part of a deal to rush disaster aid to Hurricane Harvey victims.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the agreement Wednesday after meeting with Trump at the White House.

The deal promises to speed a $7.9 billion Harvey aid bill, which passed the House Wednesday, to Trump’s desk before disaster accounts run out later this week.

The move buys almost three months for Washington to try to solve myriad issues, including more funding for defense, immigration, health care, and a longer-term increase in the government’s borrowing authority. (link)

(VIA AP 2) President Donald Trump says he’s agreed to a “very good” deal to fund the government and increase the nation’s borrowing limit for three months as part of an agreement to rush disaster aid to victims of storm Harvey.

Trump told reporters traveling with him aboard Air Force One that “we essentially came to a deal and I think the deal will be very good.”

The moves buys almost three months for Washington to try to solve myriad issues, including more funding for defense, immigration, health care, and a longer-term increase in the government’s borrowing authority.

Trump met earlier at the White House with top House and Senate leaders of both political parties. (link)


Impromptu Presser aboard Air-Force-One:

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654 Responses to President Trump Strikes Debt Ceiling Deal With Democrats in Exchange for Harvey Relief Funding…

  1. Brant says:

    I must say, he is gambling real close to the edge. I have to trust him. I wonder if part of his strategy is get things as close to the primaries as possible and force the GOPe swampers to decide whether they are voting for the American people OR the Chamber of Commerce. Wow, is he playing things to the edge.

    Liked by 4 people

    • rikster says:

      Sorry Brant but I have to disagree. The Rino’s gambled, tossed all their chips in the anti-Trump pile. The President had no choice but to call……………………

      Liked by 6 people

    • treehouseron says:

      I don’t feel he’s close at all to the edge on this debt ceiling thing. What is he going to do in stead, they money’s already spent.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Big Jake says:

        Do nothing. Total debt is declining under the Trump admin. $100B+ so far this year. No need to touch the debt ceiling.


        • doit4atlas says:

          Good point…but giving them something they were going to get anyway, for ending DACA, the wall, tax reform repealing Obamacare is a deal I’ll make any day!


    • Trump is bullseye dead-center: America First.

      Pull back from the edge: Enjoy the Ride.

      Liked by 4 people

    • doit4atlas says:

      You really have no leverage when the only thing you can do is shut down the government on your side. The conservative grievance mongers in congress ALWAYS want to make all kinds of noise with a phony debt ceiling fight and NEVER get anything of consequence out of it. Even when it does, it eventually gets blown out a few years later anyway, so really what’s the point?

      I want a WALL, tax reform, and Obamacare repeal…if we have to bend on something that’s in reality going to happen anyway, I really don’t care. Hell, I’ll even give them a minor increase in the minimum wage for the 3 main agenda items. The downside of a minimum wage increase is that unemployment increases. Well, that minor unemployment increase will be more than offset by the number of jobs that will be created by passing the agenda! Not to mention that passing the agenda; especially the wall (and ending DACA, chain migration etc.) SAVES THE COUNTRY!

      This is how ADULTS negotiate…Trump saves the country, looney lefties and swamp dwellers get what they were going to get anyway.

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  2. Regina says:

    Words we won’t hear today
    “Trump reaches across the aisle”

    Liked by 10 people

  3. nor'easter says:

    Reality check:
    Citizen Trump frequently stated his positions publicly for DECADES.
    Candidate Trump restated same positions continuously, focusing sharply on some.
    President Elect Trump set in motion his transition, while nearly the entire establishment aided and abetted by the mainstream media,, repeatedly attempted to deny him the election, and continue to do so today.
    President Trump has been continuously obstructed from delivering on his campaign promises. Very little coverage, and almost none of it positive, is given to what he has accomplished alone, and with some of his appointees.
    The so-called “republican controlled Congress” fails to enact legislation that they had campaigned on for years.
    Hurricane Harvey arrives, causing massive damage. Harvey’s victims need help NOW.
    The right thing to do would be “clean” (relief for Harvey victims with nothing attached; i.e. CR).
    The so-called Republicans cannot even do that. But the Democrats can, with CR.
    Harvey’s victims need help NOW.
    Hurricane Irma Is predicted to hit Florida, with José potentially threatening to be next.
    Pres. Trump signs on for the Harvey victims. No need to further politicize it. For now.
    There will be time for that later.
    And there will be hell to pay, by the entire uniparty.

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  4. Pam says:

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  5. Pam says:

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  6. Brant says:

    Another thought. Could he be trying to set up a debt ceiling vote right before GOP primaries to catch the RINOs and then another one right before the November elections to catch the Dems? For all their talk and bluster of being for the little guy, would a democrat vote for a debt ceiling increase just before an election?

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    • treehouseron says:

      That’s how I see it Brant… he appears to be using leverage twice on this and on DACA. He’s doing things with it right now, but wants to reuse it in a few months too. It’s like he’s finding new ways to make Congress Squirm that were never before imagined possible.

      Liked by 9 people

      • omyword says:

        It is interesting to consider how everything dovetails together. The DACA decision, is leverage. “If congress doesn’t address it within six months….I will.” He is using their sacred cows as battering rams. Cow needs an asprin :/

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      • Congress feared Obama – a complete incompetent.

        They cannot begin to fathom our President’s creative genius, and he’s apparently gone ALL-IN to trigger Congressional Squirming for the next 14 months of electioneering.

        “Why the hell not?”

        Liked by 7 people

    • Katherine McCoun says:

      That is exactly what I am thinking too. Yesterday, Sanders said repeatedly that if Congress won’t do the job they have been elected to do they should get out of the way and let someone else get in there who will do it. Seems like primary talk to me! And now this issue will also be on the table along with the Congressional fail on repeal of Obamacare that they ran on for all of these years and tax reform. We are mere months away from primaries and he is beginning to apply pressure to preform! MAGA or get primaried by the angry at Congress base!

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      • Judith says:

        The only caveat here is that Deep State donors will hedge their bets and put up ringers to challenge these seats. They have also used the splitter strategy, as we saw, to maximum effect, in the republican primaries. As a last resort, GOPe will throw their seat to a Dimmie. You can bet they don’t care who wins as long as it’s somebody who will carry out their plans. So we had better be prepared to get the right MAGA candidates into these races.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        You may be on to something Katherine, and Black Knight.

        For 2018: A total of 34 Senators are up for re-election should they chose to run again.
        Nine of those are Republirats, and 25 of those on Demonrats.

        There are 435 total House members up for re-election should they chose to run again.

        Now, just using my own State, (only cause I happen to already know the election schedule for OK) ……

        Our Primary is June 26th, 2018, Run-off (if necessary) August 28th,2018, and General Nov.6, 2018.

        But I looked at my neighbor, the state of Texas…….Their Primary is March 6, 2018, Run-off (if needed) May 22, 2018, and General Nov. 6, 2018.

        So, there might even be some earlier Primaries in other states since each state sets up their own dates for Primaries. All General are Nov. 6, 2019.

        (Just with Texas we’re getting pretty close to that 6 month delay, just on DACA!!


  7. theresanne says:

    President Trump is a builder. If he sees a tool he can use, he picks it up, uses it, then lays it back down. No dramas, just getting the job done.

    Liked by 10 people

  8. 804hokie says:

    If only we had a GOP Congress that wasn’t worthless.

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Brant says:

    Something to remember about the debt ceiling is that there are enough taxes coming in every month to pay 2/3s to 3/4s expenses. So it’s not a full stop of everything. Hopefully, he and the few trusted aids he does have are going thru the budget very finely and will make priorities. If congress forces him to spend on nonsense things, he can out them.

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  10. tempo150101 says:

    I don’t know what his motives were, but I do know what the RINOs’ motives were. They wanted to kick it until after the elections meaning that Trump wouldn’t get the wall. Trump just made life harder on them and I don’t really have a problem with that.

    Liked by 5 people

  11. omyword says:

    What I noticed was this deal being done in McConnell’s face. Its bitter fruit indeed when you get handed a knuckle sandwich in public. His refusal to work with POTUS and his backhanded ways to the president has earned both he and the GOP public admonishment. The calling out of a liberal senator in N. Dakota in his speech on tax reform was another NOTAM (notice to airmen) he can MAGA without them. He has put the GOP on notice, get straight or get in the unemployment line. Choose or die Spartacus.

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  12. WeThePeople2016 says:

    This is interesting. Bannon meets with freedom caucus on Monday. Trump ignores Ryan on Wed.

    Liked by 4 people

  13. Ned says:

    Trump should have thrown in money for the wall. They love to spend money in D.C. they may not have noticed. This is a snub to Ryan and McConnell. Then again they have delivered nothing to Trump – on purpose. Rather then let them turn him into a lame duck, try the other side and side line the GOP for awhile. It’s risky but why not? Ryan and McConnell and VAIN people. They may come crawling back and start helping Trump.

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  14. Pam says:

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  15. Troublemaker10 says:

    What’s the big deal? All it does is shove the debt ceiling and budget deadline three months down the road and get emergency funding out for Harvey damage. To tell you the truth I was worried about whether Republicans could get anything done in the next three weeks anyway. But Trump doesn’t run Congress (he only works with them). If McConnell and Ryan don’t like it they can put their own bill out there instead.

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  16. Archie says:

    Let’s get real here. This deal is a nothing burger. It is insignificant and meaningless. Go away #DoubtTrumpers

    The real threat to Trump is the low information republican voters, whom, in 18 months better toss out the UniParty GOP. If the voters vote status quo, then Trump is neutered domestically. That effectively proves that the country can’t be saved from itself.

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  17. jeans2nd says:

    This does, indeed, appear to be the Big Ugly.
    Recall what the Big Ugly actually is – 2 May 2017 – “Sooner or later President Trump is going to have to confront the UniParty”

    The Big Ugly is Pres Trump confronting the Uniparty, not just the GOPe.
    And the alt-left now sees it as well, just as clearly as we.

    From “The Politics of the DREAM Act Seem Pretty Easy, But Some Democrats Are Still Screwing It Up”
    “Republicans would insist on attaching something else to the bill, such as money for a wall or border security.”

    “It is thought that the White House wants to “get something” out of protecting DACA recipients, perhaps funding for Trump’s long-desired border wall or more Border Patrol agents.”

    “Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., told reporters yesterday…”I think that President Trump might be the only president who can take the immigration issue, and help us come to a result that secures the border, creates a legal immigration system, solves the problem with these children who were brought here illegally.””

    The alt-left Attorneys General are insisting on suing Pres Trump over Pres Trump’s DACA decision yesterday. Good. Go for it guys, knock yourselves out. Based on the DAPA ruling, the alt-left Attorneys General will be the ones to end DACA themselves in the inevitable SCOTUS ruling.

    This Dem “alliance/deal” with Pres Trump over the hurricane relief/debt ceiling will result in both parties scrambling for superiority. The Dems now owe Pres Trump a really big favor. And the Dems must now deal with their own “Resistance” for having made a deal with the “enemy.” Genius? You betcha.
    Could this be any more enjoyable? Haven’t had this much fun since election night last Nov.

    Still singin’…
    i can see clearly now, the rain is gone
    Here is that rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for
    It’s gonna be a bright, bright, bright, sunshinin’ day…

    Liked by 5 people

    • DGC says:

      Very unique and insightful analysis.

      I remain inclined to give President Trump the benefit of my doubt, as I am convinced he is a masterful strategic thinker based upon what I have read about him. Such thinking is nonlinear, and almost invariably beyond the likes of most of the political class in Washington DC. I only hope that a black swan does not emerge to prevent him from reaching his – and thus our – goals for restoring our nation to benefit the American people.


  18. Hollywood Bungalow says:

    My word of the day is Astonishing. As in, it’s truly Astonishing to see how stupid Republicans are. Mnuchin has said for weeks if not months to get the debt ceiling taken care of.

    Republicans, as usual, put it off. They should have had this done before the August recess and before Harvey hit. They are feckless cowards who refuse to do anything until a gun is pointed at their idiotic heads.

    The President has run out of patience with these lazy rats and is moving on. And yet it still seems like congressional Republicans don’t get it.

    I have never seen a group of people talk so much and deliver so little as congressional Republicans.

    Every one of them needs to be primaried and removed from office. All of them.

    Liked by 6 people

    • Judith says:

      Republicans are blocking Trump on purpose. MAGA is against their corporate sponsors, who wish to exploit us so they can be great instead of us. It is the dance they do to keep up the pretense that has us all intrigued. The big ugly is when their masks come off for good.

      Liked by 5 people

    • treehouseron says:

      I agree with you… if you look @ the people President Trump has hired himself, Mnuchin, Ross, Mattis, Tillerson, etc. they’re all go getters who are kicking butt and doing 5 times the work I’m even capable of daily.

      Then you compare them to congress and it’s a joke. Steve Mnuchin shouldn’t even have to talk to anybody from congress on the damn phone, he’s a rock star and congress are a bunch of losers. They should feel honored he’s even willing to liason with them on the debt ceiling.


    • doit4atlas says:

      Once again, they are NOT STUPID! They are doing this on purpose. Until we name it what it is, we will never defeat it. Trump only calls them stupid to keep them off guard…he knows full well what they are. But WE need to educate our friends and neighbors…they definitely are NOT STUPID! They are evil bastards that don’t care about average Americans.


  19. RJ says:

    I saw Ryan running his mouth tonight on TV after I got home from work. He’s redefined the word worthless. Big salary, millions of dollars to run his offices in DC and Wisconsin, free air transportation wherever he wants to go, and a huge pension waiting for him when he’s done riding a horse in the desert pretending to be against illegal aliens. Yeah, forgot to mention all the big money corporate Board of Director seats he’ll be getting as payback for screwing the public.

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  20. LBB says:

    PDJT has been wanting R’s to use the nuclear option. Wondering if this gets them a little closer to needing to do it.

    Liked by 2 people

  21. TheWanderingStar says:

    PDJT has now abandoned all labels. McConnell=Shumer, Pelosi=Ryan, republicans=democrats. The Uniparty – they are all the same and PDJT is treating them as a herd to be managed. He sends his wolverines left the herd moves right. He sends the wolverines right the herd moves left. Now PDJT is riding one fine cutting horse. And he’s separating out the doggies that are going to go his way easily. He doesn’t care if they are heifer, bull, calf or steer. Get them out and move them into the branding line. Don’t try to understand them, just ride them, rope them, brand them….

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  22. jstanley01 says:

    “Okay, sit down, don’t get hurt anybody…” LOL


  23. Archie says:

    Good list of Trump promises and accomplishments.


  24. pam2246 says:

    Brilliant move, Mr. President!

    Our president is ten steps ahead of both the Democrats and never-Trumper Repubs who have done everything they can to sabotage him. So he turns to the Dems to do what’s right for the American people.

    *President Trump is keeping his promises. MAGA

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  25. Sundance: The above comment stream is one hell of a testament to your brilliant leadership and the Treeper community’s multiplying insights and contributions.

    Are we having fun yet, or WHAT.

    Liked by 5 people

  26. doit4atlas says:

    My one request is that we all stop calling the GOPe/Uniparty/RINOS stupid. They are NOT STUPID. They do what they do on purpose…they know full well what they are doing and it’s up to those of us who are clued in because we read Conservative Treehouse, to teach our friends, neighbors and co-workers, the TRUTH. Stop calling them stupid and start calling them evil, corrupt etc. but make sure you explain why!

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  27. trumpfan1 says:

    he has no choice. the gop are useless.


  28. Justah says:

    Interesting little amendment that passed the House to be included in the Debt Ceiling/Harvey funding bill. They stripped funding for Sanctuary Cities.

    Funding for sanctuary cities stripped in late House vote
    The House late Wednesday voted to block federal transportation and housing funding from cities and states that choose not to cooperate with federal officials on immigration.

    Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., brought up his language as an amendment to a minibus spending bill and proposed attaching it to part of the bill that deals with transportation and housing funding. It was the latest Republican attack on so-called sanctuary cities, which reject federal demands to cooperate when it comes to detaining and tracking illegal immigrants.

    “It just requires that funds in Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funds only go to cities and states that uphold federal law,” Smith said in late Wednesday debate.

    According to a summary of his proposal, it would prevent any funds from being directed to any local government that blocks “any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.”


  29. TheWanderingStar says:

    Look at the picture of the PDJT el al in the Oval Office. I do believe Mitch is checking to see if he still has his testicles.


  30. NJ Transplant says:

    I saw something really disgusting on TV the other day. Chris Christie was being interviewed by Chris Cuomo on CNN. I know, that alone is really disgusting. Christie spoke of how funding for Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina and a couple of other hurricanes all took less than a week to pass funding by congress. Hurricane Sandy took 66 days. Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and various other RINO’s all voted no on Sandy aid. Hurricane Sandy primarily impacted middle class families barely getting by who usually voted Republican. Many of those people had to pay mortgages on their houses for 3 years after Hurricane Sandy. The exception was Sayreville, where Jon BonJovi helped those people to get money for their homes so they could move on. Christie was no help. He gave funding to Newark before the Jersey shore. There was no damage in Newark. We were lucky and didn’t have much damage. We figured we were lucky then but may not be so lucky the next time. Hurricane Sandy was a big reason why we retired to Maine. There is nothing too low for those RINO’s who stuck it to the middle class homeowners and left them to rot. It appears McConnell is now going with PDJT. Ryan may be out sooner than we thought if we are lucky.


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