Former President Donald Trump sent a frantic message to “RINO Republicans” late Friday, urging them to stop negotiating with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure deal, saying they are “just being played” and will “get nothing” in return.
“RINO Republicans should stop negotiating the infrastructure deal—you are just being played by the Radical Left Democrats—they will give you nothing!” Trump told GOP lawmakers in a statement before citing his tax cuts for wealthy Americans.
“Very important that Senate Republicans not allow our hard-earned tax reductions to be terminated or amended in an upward trajectory in any way, shape, or form,” he said. “They should not be making deals on increasing taxes for the fake infrastructure proposals being put forward by Democrats, almost all of which goes to the ridiculous Green New Deal Marxist agenda. Keep the Trump Administrations tax cuts just where they are.”
Trump’s rant comes as the Senate is in a two-week July 4 recess. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has said that after senators return, he wants a vote for two infrastructure bills — one bipartisan deal, which would spend $1.2 trillion over eight years, and a much larger reconciliation package with Democratic priorities.
Shortly after President Biden and a group of bipartisan senators reached a deal on infrastructure, Biden indicated that he also wants Congress to pass a much larger infrastructure package spotlighting Democrat priorities.
Schumer is pressing for a vote on the bills before the Senate leaves again in August, but the Democratic leader warned colleagues in a letter Friday that they may have to work into the August recess to finish work on both bills.