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September 7, 2017

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) reportedly stew over the fact that President Trump sided with Democrats on the debt ceiling, Fox & Friends lavished praise on the president for working across the aisle.

On Thursday, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy surmised that Trump decided to accept Democrats' request, which increases the federal debt limit through Dec. 15 and includes Hurricane Harvey relief money, because he didn't "want a fight," and instead wanted to move on to "tax reform and other stuff we've got to do right now."

Republicans were pushing for a longer-term debt hike, and the hosts noted that conservatives are upset "big time" about Trump's decision. "This is a clear shot at Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan: 'Hey guys, if you can't get things done, then, listen, I'll go work with the Democrats,'" co-host Pete Hegseth said.

Aside from ruffling GOP leadership's feathers, Hegseth noted this is also "very strategic from this president." "Clear out the underbrush of the stuff that could be contentious, that Washington likes to fight about, so you can clear the deck to fight for the stuff that really matters. Now he's got real leverage with DACA on the wall, which he really, really wants, and tax reform, and maybe one more shot at repeal and replace ObamaCare," Hegseth said.

"Isn't it refreshing to see them work together though?" co-host Ainsley Earhardt said. "I think they're using each other at this moment," Hegseth responded. "Absolutely," Earhardt agreed. "But isn't that the art of the deal?"

Catch the conversation below. Becca Stanek

July 6, 2017

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather has a track record of blasting President Trump, but after Trump's speech Thursday in Warsaw, Rather had nothing but praise — though admittedly "faint praise." Shortly after Trump wrapped up his "pro-NATO speech," Rather deemed it the "best of his presidency":

The kudos are particularly notable coming from a man who has slammed Trump's "willful disregard for the rule of the law" and declared that "history will punish Donald Trump" for his decision to exit the Paris climate accord.

Trump in his speech Thursday praised Poland's financial commitment to NATO's defense spending, lauding "the example Poland has set" and hailing the work the country has done to confront Russia's "destabilizing behavior." He reaffirmed America's commitment to NATO's Article 5, the pledge of collective defense that he was initially slow to endorse.

Trump also used the speech to issue an explicit warning to Russia ahead of his Friday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran," Trump said. Becca Stanek

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