Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer had uncharacteristically strong words for the Republican party and for President Trump over the budget compromise that he calls a “total loss” for the right. He made the comments Monday on Special Report on Fox News.
“We always say, we’re one election from changing things. They control the House, the Senate, and the White House,” Bret Baier inquired of Krauthammer.
“Trump got rolled. The Republicans got rolled,” Krauthammer said.
“They ended up with nothing,” he explained. “It’s sort of embarrassing. I understand the strategy idea, we’re halfway through the year, only a few months left, this has all been negotiated in the past. You’ve saved your fire for September when you’re due for next year. That’s what they say every time, they’ve saved their fire, and they don’t use it the next time.”
“Now Trump has been wonderful in sort of, throwing out a lot of a ideas, starting with the gas tax, the Kim idea wasn’t a great idea,” he added, referring to the statement by Trump that he would be willing to talk to North Korean dictator Kim John Un with some pre-conditions. “But there’s no denying the fact that this was not a win. He was not the winner he said he was, or negotiator.”
“This is a total loss,” concluded Krauthammer.
The budget negotiations have come under fire from many on the right, including Rush Limbaugh who decried the Republicans for funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, and the EPA under the continuing resolution. The budget also did not have any provisions for building the famed border wall that Trump had promised so many times during the presidential campaign.
The Washington Post described the budget concessions that Krauthammer is calling a “total loss” for the Republicans.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) secured nearly $5 billion in new domestic spending by exploiting disagreements between President Trump and GOP lawmakers over spending priorities.
Democrats’ lopsided victory on the five-month deal, which is likely to be approved this week, means it will be very difficult — if not impossible — for the GOP to exert its will in future budget negotiations, including when it comes to Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint.
That’s because Republicans are hopelessly divided over how much to spend on government programs, with a small but vocal minority unwilling to support such measures at all. That has forced Republicans to work with Democrats to avoid politically damaging government shutdowns.
Limbaugh angrily denounced the GOP for failing to secure the “measly” one billion dollars that Trump was requesting in order to begin construction on the border wall. The Trump administration confirmed that they had offered a deal to Democrats to fund Obamacare in a one-for-one dollar trade for funding the wall. The Democrats refused.