Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” Thursday, Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., praised President Barack Obama’s work on the debt ceiling talks while criticizing Republican congressional leaders for being irresponsible during the negotiations as the federal government faces default on the August 2 deadline. Joined by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ., Yarmuth blasted House GOP Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., for being reckless with his language and encouraging Tea Party members of the Republican conference to reject any proposal to raise the debt limit.
At a White House meeting earlier this week, the Virginian congressman described the president as being agitated and told reporters Mr. Obama stormed out of the meeting. But Democratic lawmakers have been pushing back against that narrative and blame Cantor for disrupting the talks.
“He is acting like the not most mature person in the room,” Yarmuth said. “This is really playing with fire and Eric Cantor through his lack of leadership is creating a big part of this problem.”