- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ann Coulter, one of President Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters throughout his campaign, released a scathing critique on Wednesday of lawmakers’ $1.2 trillion budget deal.

“Adios, America!” author Ann Coulter famously predicted that Mr. Trump had the best shot of all Republican candidates of winning the party’s presidential nomination. She defended the billionaire amid ridicule on HBO’s “Real Time” with Bill Maher in June 2015, but took him to task this week in an op-ed titled “Swamp People: 47, Trump: 0.”

“If this is the budget deal we get when Republicans control the House, the Senate and the presidency, there’s no point in ever voting for a Republican again,” Ms. Coulter wrote of a bipartisan agreement reached over the weekend to prevent a government shutdown. “Not only is there no funding for a wall, but — thanks to the deft negotiating skills of House Speaker Paul Ryan — the bill actually prohibits money from being spent on a wall.”

The White House’s ability to secure up to $15 billion in additional defense spending did not impress the conservative commentator. Instead, she mocked the Republican Party as inept negotiators.

“That has become the GOP’s official motto: ‘Next time!’ We can never win this time,” Ms. Coulter said. “Instead, Republicans’ idea is always to surrender this time, in hopes that their gentlemanliness will be rewarded by their mortal enemies next time. Then, next time comes, and Republicans again surrender in hopes of currying favor with the Democrats and the media for the next time.”

The author went on to say the bill is something out of billionaire George Soros’ “dream journal,” and that Democrats are probably “pinching themselves” to see if they are dreaming.

“Admittedly, Trump has the enormous handicap of having to work through congressional Republicans, who are feckless cowards,” Ms. Coulter said before her conclusion: “We want the ruthless businessman we were promised.”

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney defended the budget agreement on Monday, saying it “lines up perfectly with the president’s priorities.”

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