“I don’t think there’s anything wrong necessarily with talking with the other side. But, there are bedrock sort of basic principles that you’ve got to be careful you don’t give up,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
Privately, GOP leaders believe Trump did just that. They’re furious that he would try to take such a big bargaining chip — the wall — off the table without first seeking their advice. And they are fuming that the president didn’t consult them first.
“This is what happens when you deal with the other side and you try to work around the deal-makers that need to be in the room,” said one senior House Republican source familiar with leadership’s thinking. “The people that set the floor schedule and represent the majority in the House were not included.”