I was taken by surprise at the short-term deal that Donald Trump made with the Democratic leaders to extend the debt ceiling and the budget financing until December 8, 2017. Both those issues had faced September deadlines and I thought that Trump would refuse to pass ‘clean’ bills that accomplished just those things and would use them as a threat to shut down the government if he did not get funding for his wall or get the tax cuts for the rich that he and the Republicans want so dearly.
I do not know what made him agree to this deal since he does not seem to have gained anything by it and it just kicks the can down the road until just before Christmas. That is when Congress is anxious to get out of town for the holidays and so he may be hoping that the threat of a shut down may be taken more seriously then. But that would be giving Trump too much credit for thinking strategically. He does not seem to think beyond what he wants to do in the next ten minutes. It is a puzzle.
John Oliver describes what happened.
Marcus Ranum says
He agreed because he simply doesn’t give a shit.
“It would take a master-class negotiator to get a deal out of us, we’re too tough to crack… Oh my god, you’re good at this! I bet you can’t talk us into this deal we have right here…”
Mark Dowd says
I bet it’s revenge for the so-called “health care” bill failing. He’s desperate for an achievement right now, and if the Republicans won’t give it to him he’ll get it from the Democrats. That it gives the Republicans is icing on the cake. He has no loyalty to anyone except himself, and potentially his family.