Trump Lunges Across the Aisle

President Donald Trump lunged across the aisle yesterday, taking a short-term deal from Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to increase the debt ceiling.

Not only did Trump buck his advisors, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, but it also shocked Republican congressional leaders.

What does this mean for the future of the debt ceiling and budget negotiations?

Libby Casey, on-air reporter and anchor covering politics and accountability for the Washington Post, speaks with Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson about the significance of the new deal made by Trump and Democratic leaders to temporarily increase the debt ceiling. 

According to Casey, on Wednesday there was a meeting between congressional leaders and the president. In this meeting, Trump called an audible and “veered off the game plan…and went his own way” when it came time to make a decision about the budget. 

Casey points out that the decision to raise the debt ceiling “helps (the United States) avoid default.”

Ultimately, Trump’s decision to reach across the aisle “means that Republicans had to basically accept it.” 

 Click on the audio player above for the full conversation. 

Image credit: Jake Neher/WDET

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