House Republicans Fume At Trump Administration In Private Meeting


House Republicans clashed repeatedly with senior Trump administration officials in a closed-door meeting Friday, according to interviews with more than a dozen lawmakers and GOP aides who were in attendance.

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During the hourlong meeting, Republicans expressed disbelief that President Trump chose to align with congressional Democratic leaders over House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on a short-term “clean” increase in the nation’s debt limit and voiced frustration that they were given no assurances that it won’t happen again.

The House passed the package — with mostly Democratic votes — on Friday morning, sending it to Trump for his signature. In addition to more than $15 billion in relief for areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, the deal also funds the government and raises the federal debt limit until Dec. 8.

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