Pelosi: McConnell 'unwittingly' helped Dems win Trump deal
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.) "unwittingly" helped Democrats secure a deal last week with President Trump on short-term government funding and the debt ceiling, as well as Hurricane Harvey relief.

Pelosi recalled in an interview with HuffPost that Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Wis.) called Pelosi's plan a “ridiculous, irresponsible, stupid" idea just hours before Trump agreed to it.

“And then, we went into a meeting where the president agreed to that ‘irresponsible, ridiculous, stupid proposal,’” Pelosi said.

She also told the publication that during last week's meeting with Trump and congressional leadership, McConnell "unwittingly, probably," gave Democrats an edge on making a deal when he proposed three months of government funding. 

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Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill This week: Senate wrapping up defense bill after amendment fight Cuomo warns Dems against cutting DACA deal with Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) weren't expecting that, she said, and proposed agreeing to those terms as well as extending the debt ceiling for the same amount of time — an idea Trump liked and ultimately agreed upon.

The decision to extend the debt ceiling means after the vote in mid-December, Congress won't have to vote again on the debt ceiling until 2018.

Republicans were shocked by Trump's deal, which passed the House and Senate last week. Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SassePelosi: McConnell 'unwittingly' helped Dems win Trump deal Trump: Texas churches should get FEMA funding for hurricane relief Cruz walks political tightrope on debt-ceiling deal MORE (R-Neb.) ripped Democrats for holding relief funding for Hurricane Harvey victims "hostage" and urged the Senate to reject the deal.

Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill This week: Senate wrapping up defense bill after amendment fight Cuomo warns Dems against cutting DACA deal with Trump MORE wrote the art of the steal by taking hurricane relief hostage to guarantee a December showdown that favors Democratic spending priorities,” Sasse said before the vote. “Republicans should reject Schumer’s deal and instead pass the same clean aid package for Harvey victims that the House passed yesterday.”