DeMint calls Trump deal with Democrats a ‘betrayal’
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Jim DeMint, a former U.S. senator and Tea Party leader, decried President Trump's move to accept a deal with Democratic leaders on a short-term debt ceiling increase, saying Wednesday that it was a "betrayal" of Republican principles.

"It’s just a betrayal of everything we’ve been talking about for years as Republicans," DeMint told Politico. "What the president’s going to find is … if they bet on Democratic votes they better plan on [giving up] a lot more than they think they’re going to."

DeMint, who was ousted as the conservative Heritage Foundation's president earlier this year, has long been an ardent defender of Trump. 


The deal, which Trump cut with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), would temporarily stave off the threat of a government shutdown until December. 

But Republicans sought on Wednesday to distance themselves from the plan.

Not an hour earlier before Trump announced the deal had Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Krystal Ball issues warning to Biden supporters Saagar Enjeti: Crenshaw's conservatism will doom future of GOP MORE (R-Wis.) trashed the Democrats' proposal as "disgraceful."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' Former Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled MORE (R-Ky.) told reporters that he would support the debt-ceiling deal, but noted that it was indeed one struck without the input of congressional Republicans. 

And Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseTrump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition Trump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges Senators press NSA official over shuttered phone surveillance program MORE (R-Neb.) was blunt in his criticism, writing on Twitter that the "Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal is bad."