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Krauthammer’s Take: On the Budget, Trump and Republicans Got Rolled

Charles Krauthammer didn’t mince words about how lackluster Republicans’ results were in the latest budget negotiations:

Trump got rolled. The Republicans got rolled. They ended up with nothing, really. It is sort of embarrassing. I understand the strategic idea: We’re halfway through the year, only a few months left, this has all been negotiated in the past, you save your fire for September when you do next year — that is what they say every time. They save their fire, and they don’t use it the next time. Now, Trump has been wonderful, I think, at sort of throwing out a lot of ideas, starting with the gas tax. The Kim idea [meeting with North Korea] was not a great idea. But there is no denying the fact that this was not a win. He was not the winner he said he was, or the negotiator. This is a total loss.

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