“We can’t overstate the severity of President Trump’s buyer’s remorse from signing last month’s spending bill. It could even be a turning point in his presidency, on the issue of immigration and his level of cooperation with Republican leaders; Sources who’ve discussed it with Trump say it freaked him out to see the array of usually friendly faces on Fox News’ opinion shows ripping into him for signing a bill that spent a ton of money, but gave lots away to liberal priorities and did little for his signature promise to build a wall.”
- Republican aides in the House and Senate tell me they’re working with the White House on a possible plan to rescind billions of dollars — and perhaps tens of billions.
- One possible target: foreign aid.
- The proposal may not be ready for a couple of weeks, the aides said.
- Conversations have included a target up to $60 billion, but Republicans on the Hill say it would need to be less than that.
- A GOP source: “The idea generally is one that congressional leadership is taking seriously, reviewing, and supportive of. It’s unlikely Congress would be able to pass a $60 billion rescission. A smaller rescission is possible.”
I have no idea what the mechanism would be to legally do this, I suppose it would have to be another bill, and it beats me how they get that passed. But beyond that, the original bill passed because it was bipartisan: it funded priorities for Wingnuttia and the Dims.
Do this, and there is never going to be any trust again. Not that there should be any.
Back to Axios (emphasis mine):
“What Jonathan Swan is hearing: Senior officials have been working with Trump to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself the next time he has to sign a spending bill, at the end of September.
“They have been working to ensure he doesn’t feel blindsided by bad TV coverage from conservative opinion hosts — which White House officials viewed as unfair and in some instances, flatly inaccurate.
“Politico noted: “Democrats slammed GOP leaders and the White House for floating the rescission package right after pushing through a budget deal, saying Republicans were simply reacting to negative news coverage by conservative outlets.”
Got that? It is being driven to kiss up to Fox News. Tucker really is setting policy.