Talk radio host Laura Ingraham defended President Donald Trump from detractors after his surprising deal with Democrat leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to keep the government open and secure emergency hurricane funding.
She made her comments Thursday on Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier.
"And to hear [Sen.] Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and all these people turning themselves inside and out," Ingraham said, "[Sen.] Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) looks like, y'know, he's lost his best friend."
"What did they think was gonna happen?" Ingraham asked.
"They kept telling Donald Trump for several months that 'Don't worry, this is a very complex process, this Obamacare repeal, but we got it,'" she added, "then they said, 'Wait we almost have it on the skinny repeal, it's not as good but it's gonna be pretty good.'"
"Turns out [Sen. John] McCain (R-Ariz.) comes in," she said, "he blows the whole thing up."
"Time after time after time, Donald Trump trusted what was going on at Capitol Hill," she continued, "they could not deliver a piece of legislation to his desk that actually could be signed. It wasn't possible."
"So what does someone who's a conservative populist do?" Ingraham asked. "When he wants to move the ball down the field? He's gonna find, 'OK, what other player can I throw to? And the only one who's on the field for him was gonna be Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer."
"But the Republicans have no one to blame but themselves on this," she concluded.
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Trump surprised many by siding with the Democrats on the deal which House Majority Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) had excoriated as "ridiculous" and "disgraceful" just hours previously. The deal raises the debt ceiling enough to fund the government into December, giving the Democrats a win for nothing in exchange.
Many, like Lou Dobbs of Fox News Business, are speculating that Trump acted for the sake of cutting down Speaker Ryan and the Republicans after failing his agenda so many times. Former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka said Dobbs was one of the few who understood Trump's strategy in the deal.