Former President Donald Trump stated on Monday that he wants Republicans to refuse to work with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure deal.
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman stated on Sunday that bipartisan agreement on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package was close to being reached, with the last issue needing to be resolved being that of mass transit funding.
Trump then put out a statement of his own, warning members of the GOP not to agree on a deal and took a shot at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky.
“Senate Republicans are being absolutely savaged by Democrats on the so-called ‘bipartisan’ infrastructure bill,” the former president said in his statement. “Mitch McConnell and his small group of RINOs wants nothing more than to get a deal done at any cost to prove that he can work with the Radical Left Democrats. It is so important to him that he is agreeing to almost anything.”
“Don’t do the infrastructure deal, wait until after we get proper election results in 2022 or otherwise, and regain a strong negotiating stance. Republicans, don’t let the Radical Left play you for weak fools and losers!” He said.
During an interview conducted with ABC News, Portman went on to say, “we’re about 90% of the way there” and planned to work through Sunday,” adding, “It’s about mass transit. Our transit number is generous. We increased transit in this proposal. We also increased the formula going forward. That’s the one issue that’s outstanding frankly at this point. My hope is that we’ll see progress on that yet today.”
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told Newsmax on Saturday that the infrastructure deal that will be ticketed is ostensibly only for Democrat-run cities in America.
“When we start to look at it, no one’s against roads and bridges working for them, but what they are against is the Washington, D.C., establishment actually spending their dollars on their behalf, but not necessarily their priorities,” Meadows told “America Right Now.”
Given that former President Trump still had tremendous influence and sway over the Republican Party, it seems that there’s a high probability that many elected officials will take up his advice and apply pressure to those who have been in favor of such a deal to change tactics.