(TheRedWire.com) – For months, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said under no circumstance would Republicans help Democrats raise the debt ceiling. In mid-October, the Treasury Department said the nation would lose its ability to continue to borrow money to pay its bills without an extension to the current limit. The GOP said it would not enable the Democratic agenda by raising the debt ceiling, instead telling Democrats they must include the measure in their proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.
On Wednesday, October 6, McConnell started negotiating with moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Serious discussions grew concerning the possibility that Democrats would make an exception to the Senate filibuster. Sensing a need to act, McConnell struck a deal with the two moderate Democrats to extend the debt limit until approximately December 3. That decision didn’t make former President Donald Trump very happy.
Trump argued McConnell handed the Democrats more "time now to figure out what to do."
"They were in a real big bind. They wouldn't have been able to do anything…He had the weapon, and he was unable to use it."https://t.co/pNhJ1n9Wi7
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 8, 2021
The former president blasted McConnell. Trump said the Senate Minority Leader gave up his one weapon, his one bargaining chip, to end the Democratic nightmare agenda against America. He added McConnell threw the Left a lifeline while they were in a serious bind. The former president called on Senate Republicans to immediately seek a new leader in the upper chamber over McConnell’s action.
Is Trump correct? Is it time to change Senate leadership?
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