Some Republicans even fear that Trump’s Tuesday order to halt the talks will not only mean months of delay for suffering families and businesses, but it will also ensure that the GOP takes the political hit for it — even though a deal was unlikely to come together before the election, and despite their belief that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is to blame.
“It wasn’t wise,” said Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.), who was ousted in a primary by a conservative challenger earlier this year. “You saw that realization when he walked back the comments last night by tweeting about passing a [standalone] Covid aid bill. Now, every GOP candidate lost the argument about Covid relief.”
“Unfair or not, it puts Republicans in an awful position,” he added…
“The president needs to actually listen to members that understand what is needed from the standpoint of the economy and political strategy,” said retiring Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.), a former member of GOP leadership. “The just ‘let it rip’ style is getting old.”