President Trump shocked nearly everyone when he announced Wednesday that he would be siding with the Democrats and taking their 3 month budget proposal. Probably most shocked was Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), who just that morning had denounced the plan as “ridiculous” and “disgraceful.”
Here are some of Ryan’s comments on the deal that Trump agreed to with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senator Harry Reid (D-N.Y.). before the president agreed to it.
“The Democrats now say they’ll only support a three month increase in the debt ceiling. It seems like they’re trying to extract something?” asked a reporter.
“I think that’s a ridiculous idea,” Ryan responded. “I hope that they don’t mean that. Let’s just think about this.”
“We got all this devastation in Texas,” he added. “We got another unprecedented hurricane about to hit Florida, and they want to play politics with the debt ceiling?”
“That will strand the aid that we need to bring to the victims of these storms that have occurred or about to occur and they also want to threaten to default on our debt?” he asked.
“I think that it’s ridiculous and disgraceful that they want to play politics with the debt ceiling at this moment, when we have fellow citizens in need to respond to these hurricanes,” he continued, “so that we do not strand them.”
“What the leaders you just described proposed is unworkable and it could put in jeopardy the kind of hurricane response we need to have,” he added later in the press conference.
“Look many of us got the calls from the administration and OMB, who said FEMA is moving so fast that we’re running out of money as early as Friday to Tuesday,” he explained.
“So we’ve got to make sure we’ve have the authority, the legal authority to go out and put money back into FEMA so that we can respond to these hurricanes,” he concluded. “Not to mention the fact that we already had to start prepositioning for the fact that Irma is about to hit Florida, and to play politics with the debt ceiling like Schumer and Pelosi apparently are doing, I don’t think is a good idea.”
The deal by the Democratic leadership only extending until Deecember, and allowed for a modest debt ceiling increase, but it gave the left side of the aisle a victory that completely blindsided the Republicans.