Republican presidential candidate front-runner Donald Trump blasted congressional Republicans over the budget deal recently reached on Capitol Hill.
Congress agreed to a massive tax-and-spending deal that gave both parties victories on some key issues. The bill passed in the House with more than 300 votes and a Republican majority.
“You look at what's going on with our budget process, it's a disaster. It's a joke. It's a joke. If it weren't so hurtful, you'd all start laughing right now,” Trump said on Fox News on Dec. 17.
“It's very, very sad. These are people — do they know anything about a budgetary process? I don't think so."
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Trump later released a statement regarding the budget deal on his official website:
“If anyone needed more evidence of why the American people are suffering at the hands of their own government, look no further than the budget deal announced by Speaker [Paul} Ryan. In order to avoid a government shutdown, a cowardly threat from an incompetent President, the elected Republicans in Congress threw in the towel and showed absolutely no budget discipline.
“The American people will have to absorb higher deficits, greater debt, less economic liberty and more corporate welfare. Congress cannot seem to help itself in bending to every whim of special interests. How can they face their constituents when they continue to burden our children and grandchildren with debts they will never be able to repay? Our government is failing us, so we must do something about it. Who knows how bad things will be when the next administration comes in and has to pick up the pieces?
"The only special interest not being served by our government is the American people. It is time we imposed budget discipline by holding the line on spending, getting rid of waste, fraud and abuse, and by taking on our debt. To do these things, we need a President who can lead the fight to hold Congress and the rest of government accountable. Together, we can Make America Great Again.”
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Trump criticized House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for not threatening to shut down the government as leverage for the budget deal.
“The budget is very disappointing. You look at what's going on and you look at Paul Ryan and how easy it seems to be for the Democrats to get whatever they want. And there's never any threat, and there's never any negotiation, it seems,” he told Fox News.