Former President Donald Trump, author of “The Art of the Deal,” has recommended Republican lawmakers to seize on the upcoming debt ceiling vote as leverage to trade with Democrats for a better infrastructure bill.

In a statement on Saturday, Aug. 7, Trump said that “President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill is a disgrace,” but Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.y.) is not smart enough “to use the debt ceiling card to negotiate a good infrastructure package.”

Trump criticized the size and scope of the bill, which is much bigger than its stated goals, calling it a “gift to the Democrat Party, compliments of Mitch McConnell and some RINOs, who have no idea what they are doing.

“There is very little on infrastructure in all of those pages,” the former president described. “Instead, they track your driving so they can tax you. It is Joe Biden’s form of a gas tax but far bigger, far higher, and, mark my words, far worse. They want to track you everywhere you go and watch everything you do!

“Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill will be used against the Republican Party in the upcoming elections in 2022 and 2024. It will be very hard for me to endorse anyone foolish enough to vote in favor of this deal,” Trump continued.

The $1.2 trillion infrastructure package is being finalized for an upcoming vote in the Senate. According to Breitbart, a number of GOP senators appear to be supporting Biden’s infrastructure deal, including Roy Blunt (R-MO), Richard Burr (R-NC), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jim Risch (R-ID), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Todd Young (R-IN), John Hoeven (R-ND), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and McConnell, of course. 

But Trump said, “the good news is that the progressive wing of the Democrat Party will lose all credibility with this approval.”

In addition, House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and Republican House members seem to be against the bill.

“If it can’t be killed in the Senate, maybe it dies in the House!” Trump said, repeating that the Republicans in the House have “the card, it’s called the debt ceiling” to make a better deal.

The United States federal debt ceiling was reinstated on Aug. 1, and Congress is facing an end-of-September deadline to fund the government and avoid a shutdown. 

Trump said that McConnell is playing right into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hands, but the House Republicans “should wait until after the midterm elections when they will gain all the strength they’ll need to make a good deal.”