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Krauthammer: 'Trump Got Rolled' On Budget

| by Ray Brown

Fox News columnist Charles Krauthammer was disappointed by the budget recently passed by Congress and lamented that President Donald Trump got bamboozled by Democrats.

"Trump got rolled. The Republicans got rolled. They ended up with nothing, really. It’s sort of embarrassing," Krauthammer said, according to Fox News. "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’s what they say every time. They save their fire, and they don’t use it the next time."

Although Krauthammer believes Trump "got rolled," he had some praise for the president, who just recently completed his first 100 days.

"Now, Trump has been wonderful, I think, in sort of throwing out a lot of ideas, starting with the gas tax," Krauthammer said.

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But Krauthammer does not support Trump's thoughts on North Korea.

"The [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] idea wasn’t a great idea, but there’s no denying the fact that this was not a win. He was not the winner he said he was or negotiator. This is a total loss," Krauthammer said.

Other Republicans were also dismayed by the budget, which they believe made too many compromises to Democrats, whose votes were needed to avoid a government shutdown.

"Instead of fighting for President Trump’s conservative budget priorities, [congressional Republican leaders] have surrendered to the Democrats once again," said Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general who heads the Senate Conservatives Fund, reports McClatchy.

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"It’s no different than if [Democratic nominee] Hillary [Clinton] was elected; it’s a huge loss, and I’m livid. [Republican House Speaker] Paul Ryan’s House is a not conservative House," said tea party Republican Art Halvorson, who narrowly lost a Republican primary contest to incumbent Republican Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania.

Cuccinelli said the budget was another reminder for conservatives to elect more right-wing candidates to office.

"Republican leaders promised things would be different if Republicans won the White House, but this bill proves that nothing has changed," he said. "This is why it is so important for Republican voters to elect true conservatives in the upcoming midterm elections."

Among the Trump initiatives scrapped by the budget is funding for a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, which was estimated to cost $70 billion to build and $150 million a year to maintain by some estimates, according to The New York Times.

Although the newly passed budget doesn't include funding for a wall, it does increase defense spending by $15 billion, according to CNN.

Sources: Fox News, McClatchy, The New York Times, CNN/ Photo credit: Donald Trump/Twitter/Wikimedia Commons

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