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Trump’s Surprise Deal With Democrats Sets Up Christmas Showdown

  • Debt-limit move undercuts Mnuchin, Republicans in Congress
  • GOP conservatives fuming over Trump’s alliance with Democrats
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Trump Sides With Democrats on Debt Limit Fix

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President Donald Trump’s unexpected decision to spurn his Republican allies in Congress by striking a short-term debt-limit deal with Democrats leaves the GOP reeling and lawmakers bracing for a bruising battle in December.

Trump’s move undercut GOP leaders in the House and Senate, as well as his own Treasury secretary, who had been arguing for a longer-term extension. It also left Republicans, who were blindsided by the deal, angry and disappointed with their own leaders and, to a lesser degree, Trump.