President Donald Trump is famously obsessed with news coverage of himself, and he was reportedly thrilled with the positive media reaction he saw about a budget deal reached with Democrats.
Many Republicans were infuriated that Trump had traded away their leverage — Hurricane Harvey relief — and got nothing in return for siding with the Democrats on a three-month debt limit extension, but on Thursday the president didn’t seem troubled, reported Politico.
However, the president raved about the media coverage the agreement had gotten when he spoke by phone Thursday morning with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“He seemed super upbeat,” said one person familiar with the calls.
Trump mentioned specific TV segments that praised the deal, and two sources said he told Schumer he’d been watching.
He also seemed cheerful in his call with Pelosi, who later boasted that she asked the president to reassure “Dreamers” not to worry about deportation while a legislative replacement was crafted for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
“I was telling my colleagues, ‘This is what I asked the president to do,’ and boom-boom-boom, the tweet appeared,” Pelosi said.
Meanwhile, Republicans were wondering how they’d been rolled by their own president.
“He f*cked us,” one senior GOP official told Axios.