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GOP Congressman: Trump's Debt Deal With Democrats Proves He Needs To Grow Up

The world stopped earlier this week. Ok, not really, but President Donald Trump did personally work out a deal with Democratic leaders. Trump reached a temporary deal on the debt ceiling to ensure that federal funding for the victims of Hurricane Harvey went through without a hitch. While Democratic leadership was obviously quite pleased with that, their colleagues on the GOP side were less than thrilled. As CNN shares, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) falls into that category.

Walberg was chatting on "The Steve Gruber Show" when the topic turned to the deal that Trump struck. One interpretation suggests that was Trump’s way of getting back at GOP leadership for dropping the ball so often, and it sounds like Walberg buys that theory.

"Grow up a bit," he said. "Accept that. It's a tough sport up here. You've gotta work with your team. I won't go further than that but I can't believe that Trump has that thin skin."

It’s unclear what growing up has to do with the deal itself. Trump was concerned that the victims of Harvey would be collateral damage due to the usual hand wringing that happens on Capitol Hill. To avoid having that happen, Trump stepped up to the plate and got the deal done. It’s pretty simple, and it actually serves as a valuable lesson for those on both sides of the aisle. Unfortunately, that continues to sail over the head of Walberg and others.

"I've supported him. I've appreciated the policies that he's moved forward thus far. And I'm hoping that we will continue to work together and this is just a blip that today we'll find out another reason why. But I don't get it," Walberg continued. "I'm still shaking my head. I don't get it. And Republican leadership is still shaking their head as well thinking there was no way that he would accept that deal and all of a sudden on his own he went rogue."

It’s also unclear what there is to get. Was it the best deal in the world? Nope, not even close. However, it was the one that needed to be made in regards to the circumstances at hand. What kind of message would be sent to the victims of Harvey - and the rest of the nation, for that matter - if both sides of the aisle tussle over who is going to win the battle? The answer is an incredibly poor one. There’s a time for political battles, and there’s a time that they need to go by the wayside. This particular time falls into the latter category.

"So I'm hopeful that today as we sit down we hear more explanation as to the reason. But when I heard the President saying that everybody was happy -- (House Speaker Paul Ryan), (House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy), (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell), Nancy, Chuck -- I thought, 'You've gotta be kidding.' And then talking with leadership subsequent to that they were just blown away and blindsided by an agreement that he made on his own,” Walberg added. “So the 'Art of the Deal' didn't seem to go the way that one would expect it to achieve success in reducing unnecessary expenditures, moving a tax reform plan through, getting a debt ceiling taken care of but done in such a way that we have at least some provisions for controlling in the future."

Deep breaths will work wonders for Walberg and others in this situation. He offers up some valid concerns as we move forward in the game of political chess, but when a deal needs to be made, you get to the table and make it happen. Period. Trump was able to do that, and he made it look easy. Can GOP leadership do the same moving forward?

Source: CNN
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