Congress was facing September deadlines for both the federal government's ability to borrow money and the funding of the government. "Don't you know? I mean, he's got a book out!"
Republicans have always been anxious that Trump, who at times was a registered Democrat, would look to cut deals with the opposition party to secure victories - which he has had trouble achieving even with a Republican-led Congress. Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, had opposed the short-term extensions (Ryan publicly) just hours before. The plan was flawless for the G.O.P.
Eliminating the debt limit altogether would be very hard for many Republicans in Congress to swallow. In the House, such a bill likely would have lost some votes from both parties, but, given the urgency of the hurricane aid, it was a decent bet to pass.
Meanwhile, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the agreement a very good moment for bipartisanship in Congress. The program will end in six months, giving Ryan another controversial issue he must deal with soon. "This is a very important issue that we're going to fight hard for until we get it done".
Freedom Caucus members and other right wingers want, as Heritage put it, to use the debt ceiling as "an opportunity to address the federal government's spending addiction and ultimately get our nation on a path to balance". And they want to play politics with the debt ceiling? "Republican leaders were visibly annoyed by Ivanka's presence". Mnuchin argued that the financial markets needed a long-term deal.
Trump also said the three-month CR would include funding for hurricane assistance.
The problem? He cut the deal with Democratic leaders - and expressly against the wishes of Republicans. Ryan was left looking ridiculous.
Trump brought the state's congressional delegation along with him on Air Force One and at one point invited them up on stage.
"We essentially came to a deal and I think the deal will be very good", Trump told the media.
Pelosi and Schumer, who held a joint press conference before the White House meeting decrying Trump's decision did not say whether they had come to an agreement with the president on DACA. They might not love everything he said or did, but he had been very successful in his deals and in his career.
Top Trump legislative advisor Marc Short said the move helped Congress and the White House "clear the decks" of thorny political problems and "enables us to focus on tax reform".