Inside Trump's head-scratching deal with "Chuck and Nancy"
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is perplexed, with no idea what President Trump thinks he was gaining.
- In fact, McConnell rather doubts the president has a strategy, a close source tells Axios.
- House Speaker Paul Ryan is furious, according to a person very close to him.
- Both felt blindsided by Trump's stunning decision yesterday to abruptly side with "Chuck and Nancy," as he chummily called the Democratic leaders, in a deal to avert a government shutdown Sept. 30 — at the price of reviving the politically painful issue right before the 2018 elections.
Soak this in: It's now possible that Trump's biggest legislative wins this year will be more spending and raising the debt cap — the exact opposite of what Tea Party Republicans came to D.C. to do.