It positive appears like Biden rolled over Kevin McCarthy at their assembly
Spokesman Kevin McCarthy played a big game on negotiations and spending cuts before meeting with President Biden, but things didn’t go well.
Here is the reading of the meeting as provided to PoliticusUSA by the White House:
As part of a series of meetings with congressional leaders this afternoon, President Biden received Speaker McCarthy in the Oval Office, where they engaged in frank and direct dialogue.
They covered a range of topics, and President Biden underscored that he is committed to continuing to work in good faith down the aisle, having passed historic bipartisan legislation in his first two years in office.
President Biden made it clear that, as all other leaders of both parties have reiterated in Congress, it is their shared duty not to allow an unprecedented and economically catastrophic default. The United States Constitution expressly states this obligation, and the American people expect Congress to fulfill it in the same way that all of its predecessors have done. It is non-negotiable or conditional.
The President welcomes a separate discussion with Congress leaders on how to reduce the deficit and keep government debt under control while the economy continues to grow. This conversation should build on the leadership of the president, who has delivered a record $1.7 trillion in deficit reduction in his first two years in office.
The President and the Speaker agreed to continue the conversation.
Kevin McCarthy said he was coming to the White House to negotiate. President Biden said there will be no debt ceiling negotiations.
What seals the deal is McCarthy’s reaction when asked what spending cuts he had requested after the meeting:
After meeting Biden, McCarthy is asked which programs he thinks should be cut. He says he will not negotiate publicly. pic.twitter.com/JtKRVBmu9N
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 1, 2023
McCarthy said they did not discuss spending cuts.
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Kevin McCarthy tells his supporters he’s coming to the White House on spending cuts, but he hasn’t discussed spending cuts with President Biden.
It sounds like McCarthy got rolled over in his meeting with Biden.
None of this is surprising given that Speaker McCarthy has consistently demonstrated his weakness, and it’s easy to see why some Republicans are already trying to thwart the debt ceiling showdown.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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