Former President Donald Trump praised moderate Democrats for what he described as them taking “total advantage” of progressives in negotiations over President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better social spending bill.
Progressives and moderate Democrats—mainly Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona from the latter group—have been at odds for months as they’ve negotiated what will be included in the final budget reconciliation package as well as how much the final price tag will be. Biden and Democrats now appear close to a deal, however, with the initial $3.5 trillion proposal scaled down significantly to $1.75 trillion.
The former president gave his assessment of the Democrats’ talks on Saturday.
“It’s wonderful to see the moderate Democrats take such total advantage of the ultra Liberal Progressives in the House. They promised the Progressives everything and are now giving them nothing. No wonder AOC +3 are so angry! ” Trump said in the statement shared by his spokesperson, Liz Harrington.