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Republicans worried Trump’s new budget deal will drive the economy off the cliff

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Conservatives are worried that President Donald Trump is going to drive the economy off a cliff, but seem content to go along for the ride, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) even demanded the president veto the compromise he worked out with congressional leaders.

“The deal marks a dramatic capitulation to Trump after years of brinkmanship from Republicans claiming the mantle of fiscal responsibility, underscoring the president’s far-reaching hold over his party and a disregard for the budget-cutting and debt reduction that conservatives long claimed as priorities,” The Post reported. “The move has sparked cries of hypocrisy from many Democrats, who endured routine GOP lecturing over spending and the federal deficit throughout Obama’s two terms in office.”

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“With the agreement, Trump has effectively shelved a debate about the nation’s ballooning deficits as he turns his attention to pursuing protectionist trade policies, job growth, and hard-line immigration measures, along with his searing grievances with rivals and Democrats,” The Post added.

Republicans don’t like it, but seem to be fine going along with it.

“Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) bemoaned what he considered to be runaway government spending: ‘You don’t have to be Euclid to understand the math here. We’re like Thelma and Louise in that car headed toward the cliff,’ he said. But, he added, he is open to supporting the agreement,” the newspaper reported.

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READ IT: Veteran diplomat Bill Taylor’s damning opening statement about Trump and Ukraine

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Veteran diplomat Bill Taylor on Tuesday delivered bombshell testimony to House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump in which he said that European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland had told him that aid to Ukraine was directly linked to the country's willingness to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

Read Taylor's full opening statement below.

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Anonymous Trump official behind infamous NYT ‘resistance’ op-ed to publish a tell-all book

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One year ago, an anonymous White House official published a New York Times op-ed confessing that he or she was part of the resistance inside President Donald Trump's administration. Now that anonymous official is releasing a book, The Washington Post revealed Tuesday.

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McConnell distances himself from Trump — and denies president’s claim that he called Ukraine call ‘perfect’

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday put some distance between himself and President Donald Trump as veteran diplomat Bill Taylor delivered damning testimony to the House Intelligence Committee about the president's actions in holding up aid to Ukraine.

CBS News' Nancy Cordes reports that McConnell denied the president's claim that the Kentucky senator described Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as "perfect" and "innocent." Cordes then asked McConnell if that meant Trump was lying about their interactions.

"You'd have to ask him," McConnell replied.

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