Trump addresses debt deal: ‘Should have gone through a little more pain’

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Former President Donald Trump visits with campaign volunteers at the Grimes Community Complex Park, Thursday, June 1, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall/AP

Trump addresses debt deal: ‘Should have gone through a little more pain’

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Former President Donald Trump appeared to take a jab at House Republicans over the deal they reached to raise the debt ceiling Thursday. The former president had stayed mostly silent on the negotiations recently.

Trump implied that Republicans “should have gone through a little more pain” during the talks to get a better deal. The remarks came as he spoke at a campaign event in Iowa.

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“We should have gone through a little more pain, perhaps, over the last few days to get maybe a deal done, if you understand what I mean. But that’s OK,” Trump said.

The former president, a supporter of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), had largely remained silent on the debt ceiling deal since it was agreed to by McCarthy and President Joe Biden over the weekend.

The Fiscal Responsibility Act passed the House on Wednesday night by a 314-117 vote; 165 Democrats joined 149 Republicans to pass the legislation. Most “no” votes came from conservative Republicans and progressive Democrats.

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The Senate will now take up the bill, and several Republicans and a handful of Democrats have already announced their opposition to the deal. The Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate have said they will support the bill, and the legislation appears likely to land on Biden’s desk in the coming days.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said the “X-date” for when the United States will default on its debt obligations unless a debt ceiling increase is passed is June 5.

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