Trump seemed more than willing to bend on the very issues that got him elected in the first place in a meeting with lawmakers on Tuesday regarding immigration reform.
As he sat with members of Congress in the White House yesterday many were taken aback by his willingness to cut a deal on DACA during a televised meeting in Washington where he claimed a deal could be reached between Democrats and Republicans concerning “Dreamers.” This compromise with Democrats on a new DACA bill in order to get funding for his wall was viewed by his supporters as drastically uncharacteristic of Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail which left many Trump loyalists, including Ann Coulter, feeling utterly defeated and infuriated by his sudden willingness to pander to Democrats on this issue.
Nothing Michael Wolff could say about @realDonaldTrump has hurt him as much as the DACA lovefest right now.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 9, 2018
CNBC reported, “Before that meeting, President Trump had been taking a hard line on the issue of the children of illegal immigrants or ‘Dreamers.’ The president had been insisting that unless the Democrats agreed to more funding for border security and the building of his famous ‘wall,’ there would be no deal on the Dreamers and the DACA policy that protects them from deportation.
But then in front of all those Democrats and the TV cameras, President Trump made the following statement:
I will say, when this group comes back — hopefully with an agreement — this group and others from the Senate, from the House, comes back with an agreement, I’m signing it.
Read the transcript below for more.
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: Remember the days when talks of amnesty torpedoed Marco Rubio? What about when “low-energy Jeb” was destroyed by, then, candidate Trump for referring to illegal immigration as an “act of love”? Those days were so five minutes ago. Yesterday, in a rare glimpse into a meeting between the President and lawmakers, Trump said DACA should be a quote “bill of love.” Eat your heart out Jeb Bush.
Getting a fly on the wall view into one of these meetings isn’t normal – so you gotta wonder – why did the cameras keep rolling yesterday? Was it a mistake or was there something else going on here? The news of the day was dominated by Michael Wolff’s book and questions over Trump’s mental stability. Does anyone see a mentally unstable President in that meeting? To the contrary, he looks – uncharacteristically – reserved, attentive and engaging.
Some have criticized the President’s willingness and ability to reach across the aisle and compromise. That definitely wasn’t the case yesterday. Actually, it was hard to determine whether Trump favored the Democrats at the table or the Republicans. When Feinstein posed the question about the President’s willingness to do a “clean DACA bill now”, Trump went into full-on agreeable mode. It took House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to butt in and remind Trump that Feinstein didn’t mention the wall or border security.
Trump eventually made his intentions a little more clear, but it all kinda seemed like an afterthought for him. He even seemed to want to hurry it all along by saying that – whether he liked or agreed with it – he’d sign anything they put in front of him. There’s not much leadership there, but this meeting had an ulterior purpose.
For those that are pissed off on Twitter that Trump is considering DACA, you might as well get used to it. Trump knows it as does everyone in both the House and the Senate. Without DACA, Trump and the Republicans have ZERO leverage to do anything with border security and immigration reform. Because of that, DACA ain’t going nowhere. In fact, I bet all this was already agreed upon before the cameras even turned on.
So why did they keep rolling? The real work on immigration had already happened and was going to be finalized during the closed-door session, but Trump, the Democrats AND the Republicans wanted their constituents to know something. Feinstein wanted to project the appearance that DACA was their primary motivation. McCarthy wanted Republicans to know that border security and immigration reform was the higher priority than any kind of amnesty. And Trump? He wanted to show everyone that he was mentally stable, and – as I’m sure Kushner and Ivanka coached him – willing to reach across the aisle and cooperate.
They should rename Pennsylvania Avenue to Broadway because the theater is just as good.