‘Why don’t I know about this deal?’

Harry Reid:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) confronted White House budget director Jack Lew during a Thursday afternoon meeting about secret talks on a deficit-reduction deal between the president and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

“I’m the Senate majority leader — why don’t I know about this deal?” Reid demanded as soon as the budget director walked into the historic Mansfield Room for a meeting with Senate Democrats, according to a lawmaker who witnessed the exchange.

Lew shot back: “If there’s a deal, then the president doesn’t know about it, the vice president doesn’t know about it and I don’t know about it.”

A Senate Democratic aide confirmed the exchange took place.
Democrats were outraged about reports that Obama was willing to accept major spending cuts in exchange for reforming the tax code at some point in the future as part of a deal to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.

Reid and other Democrats warned the administration officials in the meeting that they might not support a deal between Obama and Boehner if kept out of the loop.

“It was a heated session,” said a senior Democratic senator who attended the lunch. “There’s a basic lack of trust with the president.”

4 thoughts on “‘Why don’t I know about this deal?’

  1. “A basic lack of trust with the president.”

    Wow. This is an astonishing statement, if it was really said by a democratic senator.

    So Obama is doing this whole thing, whatever this thing turns out to be, all by himself. When he’s satisfied that he has the deal he wants, will he just announce it (standing for photo ops next to Boehner) and then begin the bullying process in Congress?

  2. Welp, spoke too soon. I guess Boehner doesn’t want to deal with Obama any more. That leaves….

  3. If they’re willing to say that, even off the record, it means things are really bad.

    And that we are not crazy in having noticed this for quite awhile.

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