Fox & Friends lauds Trump's debt limit, spending concession to Democrats as “the art of the deal”

From the September 7 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): It was a political explosion yesterday. The president of the United States, a Republican, made a deal with the Democrats. That's the headline. The president overruled his Treasury secretary, and the congressional leadership on the Republican side, who wanted a debt ceiling increase, and to fund the government, and to get $8 billion for [Hurricane] Harvey. They wanted it to go -- the [debt] limit to go past next year's midterm elections. 

PETE HEGSETH (CO-HOST): Democrats, they want to kick it all the way down. 

DOOCY: Democrats just wanted three months. And you know what? The president, not wanting a fight, apparently said, “That's the deal I'm going to take right now because we've got tax reform and other stuff we have got to do right now. ”

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Good for him. He's doing this for the folks that are affected by [Hurricane] Harvey. I remember, originally, he said he was going to give it was like $5.95 billion to the folks in Texas. And then we had I think [New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the couch and -- or some -- one leader or another governor who said, “That's not enough money. He needs to give more.” Now he's giving $8 billion to help those families and it's great. 

HEGSETH: Well some conservatives are upset because they want -- 

DOOCY: Big time.

HEGSETH: Big time. But you know what? This is a clear shot at [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell and [Speaker of the House] Paul Ryan: “Hey guys, if you can't get things done, then, listen, I'll go work with the Democrats” --

DOOCY: Sure.

HEGSETH: -- “and I'll work with the things like raising the debt ceiling, and the continuing resolution to fund the government, and [Hurricane] Irma.” Listen, Democrats are always happy to spend your money. And they're always happy to raise your debt ceiling and do those types of things. So they're happy to come to the table. But I think it's very strategic from this president. Clear out the underbrush of the stuff that could be contentious, that Washington likes to fight about, so you can clear the deck to fight for the stuff that really matters. Now he's got real leverage with DACA on the Wall, which he really, really wants, and tax reform, and maybe one more shot at repeal and replace Obamacare. That's what the president really wants. Get the other stuff out of there.

EARHARDT: Isn't it refreshing to see them work together though?

HEGSETH: I don't -- I think it's -- they're using each other at this moment.

EARHARDT: Absolutely, but isn't that the art of the deal? Isn't that what they do?

DOOCY: It's the art of the Dems.


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