Freedom Caucus Leader: "Don't Blame Trump For Deal With 'Chuck And Nancy'"

With much of the Washington Republican establishment still grumbling about President Donald Trump’s decision earlier this week to strike a deal with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, one prominent member of the House Freedom Caucus took to the Sunday Talk Shows to deliver what sounded like the faction’s official response to the week’s events.

In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan struck a delicate balance: criticizing the consequences of the president's decision without impugning the man himself.

Jordan explained that while the Trump-Schumer-Pelosi deal wouldn’t be “good for the American taxpayer” the president can be excused for agreeing to it because Republicans in Congress failed to provide him with a suitable alternative.

And just like that, a member of the House’s most intransigent, conservative faction – the group that almost singlehandedly crushed the Trump administration’s health-care ambitions – turning the blame for Trump’s debt-ceiling can-kicking, and the powerful leverage that Democrats gained because of it, back on the president’s favorite opponents: Congressional Republicans.

Here’s Jordan:

“I don’t think this was a good deal for the American taxpayer. We didn’t go anything to address the underlying $20 trillion debt but frankly what options did the president have in front of him? The first time the Republican conference talked about the debt ceiling was Sunday morning. And the Freedom Caucus had called for, nine and a half weeks ago, we said ‘don’t leave town until you have a plan on the debt ceiling’ and instead we went home for the longest August recess in a decade, longer even than in elections years.”

Of course, Jordan’s criticism focuses squarely on the Congressional Republican leadership. He excuses the Freedom Caucusers from blame by effectively saying that Trump’s deal with the Democrats could’ve been avoided if Speaker Paul Ryan had listened to the group’s suggestion to delay summer recess until a debt-ceiling plan had been formulated.

The most important takeaway here: After spending the first eight months of Trump's term battling with the president, House conservatives appear to be extending an olive branch to the administration while also advancing their goal of ousting the party’s Congressional leadership.

"We should’ve stayed here and put together ideas. We offered ideas in the Freedom Caucus. We said let’s cap spending as a percentage of GDP and we’ll raise the debt ceiling. I learned a long time ago that when you fail to prepare, you get a bad outcome. And that’s what happened here."

When asked whether he thought handing so much leverage to Pelosi and Schumer – who can now use the December debt ceiling negotiations to demand concessions, possibly allowing them to force through a bill to codify DACA as law – Jordan said he hadn’t really thought about it.

Instead he reiterated that the next debt-ceiling bill include some of the spending constraints that conservative Republicans have demanded.

“I don’t look at it as whether it’s good or bad for the American people. So, I don’t think it’s good for the American taxpayer I don’t think it’s good for the American people when you just raised the debt ceiling and don’t do anything to address the underlying problem, this is like your kid at college…who has your credit card…I think if that was your son or my son we’d have a problem with that. Let’s cap spending as a percentage of GDP, let’s bring spending back below its historic norm of 20% of gross domestic product.”

Jordan said Trump’s deal could be an opportunity for Republicans to sell their own plan to the American people.

I look at this as optimistic…we have the chance to put together a plan and take that case to the American people early and take it to them and pass it.”

Asked whether he was worried about future collaborations between the president and Democrats, Jordan said he was not.

“The president is focused on doing what he told the American people he told them he was going to do. That’s why we’ve got to get our plan out there early and take it to the American people, if we do that early we can win. What’s going to happen in the future is we’re solely and totally focused on what the America people elected us to do.”

Jordan added that he had no doubts about Trump’s conservative bona fides.

When pressed about rumors that Paul Ryan would soon be replaced as speaker, rumors that were kickstarted after reports of a meeting between Ryan, Jordan and Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows, he said they were untrue.

“No one’s talking about changing leadership what we’re talking about is just what I said.”

In summary, despite Trump’s numerous “scandals” and “legislative failures,” the Freedom Caucus has finally accepted that the president enjoys boundless political durability, and that it might be to their advantage to try and mend ties with the White House. Compounding this, Meadows himself offered a similar response to the president’s deal on Friday, assuring reporters that cooperating with Democrats would be a “one-time thing,” and that Trump made his decision in the interest of passing a Harvey relief measure ASAP – absolving him of some responsibility for the deal.


lasvegaspersona Sun, 09/10/2017 - 15:56 Permalink

What happens going forward was set in motion (and in stone) with each prior bit of borrowing.THE END IS NEAR (or at least that is what the plackards on Times Square say)

takeaction lasvegaspersona Sun, 09/10/2017 - 16:01 Permalink

Trump needs to bypass that little bitch McConnel......McConnel is just playing games...along with Paul Ryan, Graham, McCain......I for one agree with Trump doing whatever it takes to move the agenda forward.  Work with the Dems...hash out a deal.  Get Healthcare fixed.  If it is not corrected in a few moths...I know my policy is going to go up another 30 percent. what you promised.  And that worthless Jeff Sessions...I am fucking LIVID over him not going after Lois Lerner.  I got fucking audited because I supported Ron Paul and was a part of the "Liberty" movement.  

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StarGate Big Creek Rising Mon, 09/11/2017 - 14:51 Permalink

Correct it never gets solved (debt)
at least since 1913
when Congress voted to give away their responsibility per the US Constitution "to coin money" WITHOUT debt
and gave that elected authority to the private non govt non elected banksters, the Fed Reserve, to print paper money for free that Congress could then borrow at interest to create unnecessary debt,
the national debt.

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Consuelo takeaction Sun, 09/10/2017 - 16:37 Permalink

  Points understood.That said, are you really 'livid' over Lois Lerner and Mr. Sessions not going after her, or...    Is it more of a sobering, sinking-gut feeling that the entire system is compromised and that there really are a separate set of laws for them, and us...?I will say to you this, yea verily - no Bible-thumping intended: At this late stage of 'disease', all that separates America and the fate of the Babylon whore, is the mysterious hand which works in most interesting and counter-intuitive ways, and perhaps a people - like you, who are willing to hold fast ---  

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aurum4040 takeaction Sun, 09/10/2017 - 16:55 Permalink

Personally, I love that Trump had the balls to make this move. An IQ of 158 sees through things most do not. Through the most difficult 8 months of arguably any President in US history, Trump has managed to begin turning the tide. He isn't perfect, hes has globalists, Goldman, and the MIC on his "team". But he isnt bowing to them - not by any stretch. He is manipulating the situation to the best of his abilities. After decades of Swamp MIC rule, it's litterally impossible to simply eradicate and rebuild. If it does occur, it will take many years and many Presidents. Say what you will about Trump, we are letting Syria ride with the Russians, we are showing more force then Obama, rebuilding military and trying to take better care of vets, giving China shit, killed TPP, scaring the fuck out of illegals, standing up for the right, absolutely decimating the media, killed the Paris climate BS, bringing coal jobs back, bringing SOME US manufacturing back, reversed DACA, not going after our guns, obviously hasn't caved to ALL of Israels desires, exposing all of the DC scum and then some, has done very very well with Hurricane Harvey and Irma, doing his best for healthcare and infrastructure deals, hes legitimately trying to help everyone - all of this in the worst environment in history yet he still busts his ass day in and day out and will never quit. Theres more but my point is made. He has his flaws, but he certainly isn't Sanders or HRC. In fact he's still far better then any other 16 candidate.  He also donated a million of his own money to Houston and he donates his Presidential salary. Many need to objectively step back and think things through - could be alot worse than Trump.  

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localsavage lasvegaspersona Sun, 09/10/2017 - 16:02 Permalink

The fact is that these guys have been protected by the media for so long that they have no idea that they are getting the majority of the blame for not getting shit done.  trump can't do it alone any these assholes can't even send him anything to sign.  He fucking begged for a healthcare bill and was will to sign even a POS yet they can't get it done.  Fucking Losers

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localsavage ReturnOfDaMac Sun, 09/10/2017 - 16:35 Permalink

In many cases, we are the problem.  Every asshole who voted to reelect Ryan is surely to blame.  That would have sent a clear message.  In most cases, there isn't even an option to primary the assholes.  Although, their not going with Trump will make this primary season very interesting.  I have a feeling they are going to get the same treament Cantor got.

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artichoke Sun, 09/10/2017 - 16:12 Permalink

House and Senate R leadership have both abandoned Trump.  McConnell's refusal to recess the Senate was horrible.Now that leadership is the target of public hatred by Trump's base.  Jordan is right to step away from them.What if we don't get the must-pass stuff in Dec.?  Shut the government rather than be pushed into too much for the Dreamers.  Trump's base, with the FC, will love that.  The ones that hate it are never-Trump anyway.It's gonna be a long year or so for the GOPe.  I think they're gonna die out politically.  Trump hates them now, and so do his supporters.

j0nx artichoke Sun, 09/10/2017 - 16:32 Permalink

The only thing the RINOs are going to do quickly is pass dreamer amnesty. We know their priorities. I assure you if they do that while tax reform and healthcare twists away in the wind that they will lose so badly in 2018 that it will be historic in its significance. I can also assure you that the dems will have no trouble leading and getting shit passed. Paul Rino needs to be replaced asap with somebody who has some balls like Nancy Pelosi. Mitch McConnell is just...well who the hell would ever vote for that pederast looking fool in the first place? Creepy extraordinaire is the first thing that comes to mind when I look at him. Him and miss Lindsay graham make my skin crawl from the creepiness. Only Joe Biden is creepier. How do these freaks ever get elected? What is wrong with people?

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localsavage Swamidon Sun, 09/10/2017 - 16:58 Permalink

People in politics don't have friends.  They have alliances that are cool as long as everyone is getting paid.  There is no money in real health care reform, getting rid of illegals or lowering the debt cieling so he has no friends.  When he wants to sell arms or start some more war shit, he has plenty of friends.

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Laughing.Man Sun, 09/10/2017 - 16:41 Permalink

"...Meadows himself offered a similar response to the president’s deal on Friday, assuring reporters that cooperating with Democrats would be a 'one-time thing'..." No Meadows, you're suppose to work with others to get shit done.  It's called compromise.  IMO, politics have reached full retard.  Each side view each other as the enemy.   This mindset is rather dangerous to have as it'll lead to a break up of the nation.  Even talk of multiple parties will not solve anything until this mindset is abandoned.

Publicus_Reanimated Sun, 09/10/2017 - 16:48 Permalink

Trump just told Ryan and McConnell they've got three months to get their shit together.  God help 'em if they don't.  You will see a wave of Congressional retirements and primary defeats unheard of in modern times.  The US electorate has returned at least 85% of incumbent members of the House of Representatives to Washington since 1950, with the low point being 2010.  The largest count of representatives losing in the primary since 1946 was 19 -- usually the number was in single digits.  Carville said it in his ultracute accent:  "Dey's gonna be a waw-uh".

Vageling Sun, 09/10/2017 - 16:49 Permalink

WTF? Suddenly they wake up? Trunp got dosed with reality? No balls. Own that? Stupid!I don't say that to mock, but the "last" guy who made sense... Well, ...

He got murdered. Lead disease. And please take this over the top. Whatever.

CONgresss... Elections, eh?