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 McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure 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 Davis RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election looms The Hill's 12:30 Report Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan 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 Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats now attack internet rules they once embraced Schumer: Trump budget would ‘cripple’ gun background checks Schumer: Senate Republicans' silence 'deafening' on guns, Russia 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 SasseThe 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework GOP senator on indictments: 'Mueller just put Moscow on notice' Prison sentencing bill advances over Sessions objections 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 SchumerDemocrats now attack internet rules they once embraced Schumer: Trump budget would ‘cripple’ gun background checks Schumer: Senate Republicans' silence 'deafening' on guns, Russia 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.”