Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was puzzled by President Donald Trump's decision this week to strike a deal with Democrats on a legislative package that added over $15 billion to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, extended the debt ceiling, and funded the federal government until December.
“Haven’t seen anything like it before,” McCain said, speaking to The Washington Post. “I have no way of divining his motives. I’m a pretty intelligent guy, but I don’t understand this.”
McCain is the latest lawmaker to add his voice to the growing chorus of confused Republicans scratching their heads over the bombshell deal, which on Friday was passed by the House and now awaits the president's signature.
“The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal is bad,” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb) said in a statement on Twitter Wednesday.
According to CNN, both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were reportedly left “blindsided” and “shell-shocked” by the deal.
The cable news giant reported on Thursday:
“The GOP leaders had no heads up or warning that Trump's decision would happen, Republican officials told CNN. Another senior GOP source described the two leaders as 'shell-shocked.'”
However, Republicans may need to accustom themselves to Trump working with the blue team. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Friday that Americans can “certainly” expect more deals with Democrats in the future.
And when asked if the president is worried about continuing to upset GOP leaders in Washington, Sanders defended Trump's seemingly newfound bipartisan edge. “The [American] people wanted somebody to be a leader,” Sanders said.
“They wanted somebody that was going to step up and take action and get things done and that is exactly what the president did,” she added.