Monday, May 22, 2017

Boehner Talked Trump into Signing Bill to Keep Government Open

The establishment is clearly getting to Trump, even though behind the scenes they are working to sink him.

Jonathan Swan at Axios reports that when the spending bill had been negotiated and finalized, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus phoned former House Speaker John Boehner and told him the president didn't like how the negotiation came out and is thinking about vetoing the bill. Boehner has told associates that Priebus asked him if he could talk Trump into signing the spending bill. Boehner said he would.

Ten minutes later, Boehner's phone rang, according to Swan. It was the President. Boehner made a couple different arguments to Trump about why he should sign the spending bill:

He told Trump he should be happy about the fact that he doesn't have to give a dollar of domestic spending in exchange for increases in military spending. And he got a substantial boost in military spending.

Boehner made went on to tell Trump: the last thing you need right now is a government shutdown.

Of course, a shutdown is the last thing the establishment wanted It would have made Trump a hero with his base.


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