EXCLUSIVE Former President Trump slammed President Biden’s spending agenda as the “Green New Deal bill,” warning that, if passed, the American people will face tax increases, and the Democratic Party will lose dozens of seats in the House of Representatives during the 2022 midterms.
In an exclusive interview with Fox News Friday, the former president discussed President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda and the bipartisan infrastructure package pending in Congress.
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Biden is having difficulty reaching a settlement that will satisfy moderate and progressive Democrats in the Senate and House on the reconciliation and infrastructure bills.
“It is hard to believe they won’t do it, but I think if they do it, it’s going to cost [Biden]Trump said that Trump had lost a lot of the election.” “Because the people don’t want it. This is an American rip-off. This is a huge tax hike.”
Trump attacked the infrastructure bill by saying that “it’s not an infrastructure bill.” This echos Republican complaints about the fact that most of the legislation doesn’t focus on infrastructure but on spending.
Trump declared, “It is the Green New Deal bill.”
Trump was likening Biden’s spending agenda to the Green New Deal, which is designed to tackle climate change and more, combining ideas incorporated in former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signature New Deal and modern ideas like renewable energy and resource efficiency. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, along with other liberal legislators in 2019, pushed the bill.
Trump also praised Republicans by stating that “we have many great people within the Republican Party.”
Trump declared, “We do have some people who are bad, just like everyone else,”
“The one thing I’ll say is, the Democrats, they’re vicious, they have horrible policy, but, they stick together,” Trump said. This is the first time in many years that I have ever seen it.
This was the ex-president referring to infighting within the White House with Democrats as well as among legislators in the House and Senate over spending package negotiations. The White House’s Democratic leadership and Senate Democrats struggled last month to find a way to get the support from moderate Democrat senators. Joe Manchin, West Virginia; Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona
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On Friday, Biden cancelled a trip to Rehoboth (Delaware) in order to remain in Washington. The White House and Democratic leaders tried to gather enough support from House progressives so that the bipartisan infrastructure bill could be passed by Friday night.
Fox News sources claimed that Biden personally called those progressive holdouts considering voting against the bill.
Trump, however, stated to Fox News that the bill would help Republicans in 2022.
“If they vote on this bill, I think we’ll pick up an extra 30 seats,” Trump said. “Because people don’t want a tax increase, and they don’t want a Green New Deal, and that’s what this is.”
He said, “It’s a mixture of these two things.”
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A White House official informed Fox News on Friday that Biden was speaking to House leadership, moderates, and progressives in an attempt to find a solution.
The Democrats expected the House to vote for both their huge reconciliation spending bill Friday and the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
Biden’s Social Spending Package, which was once worth $3.5 Trillion, has been reduced to an even smaller $1.75 Trillion after moderates and progressives agreed to trim programs.