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Fox's Chris Wallace challenges Blunt over GOP's 'credibility' on national debt

Fox News host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceRepublicans hammer Biden on infrastructure while administration defends plan GOP senator: Two sides 'far apart' on infrastructure compromise Biden economic adviser frames infrastructure plan as necessary investment MORE challenged Republican Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Republicans embrace Trump in effort to reclaim Senate GOP attorneys general group in turmoil after Jan. 6 Trump rally MORE (Mo.) on Sunday to defend the GOP on the issue of the national debt.

On "Fox News Sunday," Wallace displayed graphics indicating that the national debt grew by trillions during former President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE's term in the White House and asked Blunt whether Republicans had any "credibility" on the issue after voting for the 2017 tax cuts that lowered the corporate rate.

"Haven't you lost your credibility on this issue?" Wallace asked.

"I don't think anybody has a very good record," Blunt responded.

Blunt also said that Congress came together to pass "not one ... but five" bills addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, which he said had a significant effect on the debt.

The Obama and Trump administrations, he added, were "very similar" in terms of the national debt.

Wallace's remarks came in response to comments from some Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture MORE (R-Ky.), who have said that Democrats will be unable to fund their $2.25 trillion infrastructure proposal and will be forced instead to add to the debt.

“It’s like a Trojan horse,” McConnell said on Wednesday.

“It’s called infrastructure, but inside the Trojan horse, it’s going to be more borrowed money, and massive tax increases on all the productive parts of our economy,” he added.

Updated at 1:27 p.m.