The Senate Democrats’ leader and House Democrats’ leader got their signals crossed on Monday, creating division in the Democratic Party even after they avoided a government shutdown.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) painted the bipartisan budget deal as a “defeat for President Trump” on Monday, even as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tried to use the budget deal as a sign that Trump should work more often with Democrats.
The two leaders appeared to have their signals crossed on Monday. Schumer told reporters that the deal to keep the government open through September is a sign that things can get done when Trump and Republicans work with Democrats:
“I hope this is a metaphor for the future. When Republicans work with us, we can get things done … We’re willing to work with them,” Schumer said. “This bodes well for 2018 budget. This bodes well for working together, and frankly, I hope the president learns this lesson as well because thus far on his major forays, taxes and healthcare, there’s been virtually no consultation with Democrats and you’ve seen the result.”
Pelosi, though, took a victory lap on the deal, calling it “a defeat for President Trump” and Republicans:
From the beginning, Democrats have sought to avert another destructive Republican Government Shutdown.
…In a defeat for President Trump, the omnibus does not fund the immoral and unwise border wall or create a cruel new deportation force. We have also eliminated more than 160 Republican poison pill riders, ranging from undermining a woman’s right to reproductive health to dismantling Dodd-Frank’s vital Wall Street consumer protections.
The crossed signals beg the question: are Democrats trying to work with Trump or trying to defeat Trump at all costs? Democrats are facing that question every day in the era of Trump, and it appears “total obstruction … is winning.”
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