The internet found heroes in Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday as Donald Trump agreed to the leading Democrats’ plea for a three-month extension of the debt ceiling and government funding through Dec. 15.
The hashtag #ChuckandNancy was trending on Twitter following the news, but particular interest was paid to a photo of Trump and Senate Democratic Leader Schumer locked in a smiling, semi-embrace during a meeting about the debt ceiling, government shutdown and disaster relief aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
In siding with Schumer and Pelosi, the House minority leader, Trump went against House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who were pushing for a longer debt-ceiling extension.
Some expressed surprise over Trump’s decision to make a deal with the Democrats, both of whom are vocal opponents of the president. Just hours earlier on Wednesday, Schumer blasted the president’s “heartless” and “brainless” decision to end DACA at a news conference.
But speaking on Capitol Hill on Wednesday afternoon after making the deal, Schumer offered Trump some rare praise.
“The president listened to the arguments. We think we made a very reasonable and strong argument. And to his credit, he went with the better argument,” Schumer said.
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The president himself told reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday that he had “a very good meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer,” making no mention of Ryan and McConnell, who also attended the meeting.
Trump added of the DACA program, “Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I.”