The big story on Thursday morning’s cable news shows was President Donald Trump’s deal with congressional Democrats to extend the debt ceiling, providing funding for Hurricane Harvey relief in the process.
On Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” though, the handling of the story formed part of an unintended cross-show storyline for the morning.
Early in the third and final hour of “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough, in discussing the story, half-joked that he was skeptical that the deal could last because “Fox & Friends” could just criticize it and Trump would listen to it.
“This all assumes that Donald Trump’s pivot is going to last longer than 12 hours.” he said. “I’m sure he’ll watch ‘Fox & Friends’ this morning and tweet and destroy any gains that he made yesterday afternoon because they’ll be attacking him on ‘Fox & Friends’ probably.”
However, the rival show had already addressed the story in its first hour … in glowing terms.
“Good for him,” Ainsley Earhardt said. “He’s doing this for the folks that are affected by Harvey.” Steve Doocy, meanwhile, noted, “It’s not like he’s signing it away for the next 20 years; it’s a short-term deal.”
While they were not positive on the Democrats, as they pushed the party on the whole as “happy to spend your money,” they were very positive on the deal.
Watch the video below, via MSNBC and Fox News.