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If there is any doubt that Republicans are choosing politics over country, erase it with the words of Donald Trump. Monday, Trump urged Republican lawmakers to reject any debt ceiling deal in an effort to ensure that President Obama is a one-term president. Despite economists and administration officials warnings that defaulting on our nation’s debt could mean dire consequences for the country, Trump still believes that the risk is worth it. Politics over country.
“Frankly the Republicans would be crazy unless they get 100 percent of the deal that they want right now to make any deal,” Trump said on “Fox and Friends” Monday. “If this happens, for instance if this stuff is going on prior to an election, he can’t get reelected. He possibly can’t get elected anyway. …
The fact is, unless the Republicans get 100% of what they want, and that may include getting rid of Obamacare, which is a total disaster, then they should not make a deal other than a minor extension which would take you before the election which would ensure Obama doesn’t get elected, which would be a great thing.”
Host Brian Kilmead pointed out that Americans currently blame Republicans more than Obama for the debt ceiling crisis, but Trump responded that, in the long run, the blame will fall on Obama, not Republicans. “I don’t care about polls,” Trump said. “When it comes time to default, they’re not going to remember any of the Republicans’ names. They are going to remember in history books one name, and that’s Obama.”
According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, Americans disapprove of Republicans’ and Obama’s economic policies in roughly equal measure, but 65 percent disapprove of the GOP’s handling of jobs, compared to 52 percent for Obama.
In an interview with Newsmax, Trump stated that Obama is trying to create a crisis. “Monday of this week, everything was supposed to crash in Asia and it didn’t,” said the Trump, who earlier this year mulled running for the Republican nomination for president.
“It was supposed to crash throughout the world but it didn’t.
“That threat is highly overblown, and August 2 is no longer the date. There’s plenty of funds to keep it going quite a bit longer. That’s just a date that Geithner came up with mysteriously, so August 2 is not a real threat at all.”