Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said part of the reason President Trump cut a deal with congressional Democrats on the debt ceiling and on the hurricane relief package was because Republicans failed to plan ahead early enough.
"The first time the Republican conference talked about the debt ceiling was Wednesday morning," Jordan told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.
"The Freedom Caucus, we had called for nine and a half weeks ago, Chris, we did a press conference and we said don't leave town until you actually have a plan on the debt ceiling and outlines for the tax reform plan that we are going to do and until we deal with healthcare. And Instead we went home for the longest August recess in a nonelection year, longest break in the nonelection year for more than the last decade."
While critical of the deal, Jordan also expressed his hope that the Republicans could exert leverage over the next round of talks on the debt ceiling, which will come up in December, because the extension deal between Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was only a three-month extension.
"From the Republican side as well, we have a chance now to put together a plan, take that case to the American people early, not wait until the last minute like we did before and sell that plan to the American people and pass that," he said.
When pressed on the political fractures that emerged from the deal between Trump and the Democrats, Jordan predicted a reunion of the Republican powers in Washington.
"I think this is a unique situation, not what's going to happen in the future," Jordan said. "What's going to happen in the future I think with this president and certainly with us conservatives in the house, we are solely and totally focused on what the the American people elected us to do."
Jordan further dismisses reports that some Republicans were thinking of replacing Paul Ryan as speaker of the House, saying, "No one is talking about changing the leadership."