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Sen. Thune: GOP 'Surprised,' Not 'Angry' With Trump's Debt Deal

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By    |   Thursday, 07 September 2017 03:20 PM

Most Republicans were surprised Wednesday, but not angry, about President Donald Trump's deal with Democrats on the nation's debt ceiling, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Thursday.

"The president rightly understands that we are now in a moment of national crisis, with the hurricanes and Texas and Louisiana, and now it's bearing down on Florida," Thune told Fox News' "Happening Now." "I think he was trying to come up with a way in which we can address a couple of major issues at least on a short-term basis and then come back for a full debate in December."

Republicans would prefer longer than three months for the debt ceiling, Thune said, but given the circumstances, it is "something we can all live with."

The decision also allows lawmakers to turn their attention to tax reform, a huge priority item for Republicans moving forward, Thune said.

"I'm hopeful that over the course of the next few weeks and months, we'll have an opportunity to focus more clearly on that," Thune said. "You have to multitask here, sometimes there are other issues you have to process at the same time. We want tax reform that creates jobs, increases wages, and provides income to families."

He also said he does not think Trump will cut a similar deal on tax reform with Democrats, as they "will be in a different place."

"For the president to be in a position to cut a deal with Democrats on tax reform would mean undermining all the principles that we care about and the things we need to accomplish," Thune said. "I think it's an alignment of interest and an ability to work together to get results. The American people desperately need some tax relief and tax reform and that makes our economy more competitive in the global marketplace."

Thune said he also has confidence in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to get tax reform legislation passed.

"I think it's important to people to not overstate what happened yesterday," Thune said. "This is a six-month extension of an existing policy. All it does is buy some time, and we'll be able to deal with these issues in December. On the big-ticket items, he needs Republican leadership and Republican leadership means the president. He needs to work together and the administration does as well."

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