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Somebody's Getting Played Here, and It's Not Chuck and Nancy

What happened?

President Donald Trump had dinner with Democrat leaders last night and chatted about tax reform, border security and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program shielding around 800,000 people from deportation. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell were not there.

Trump said this morning that “no deal” had yet been reached and called for “massive border security” as part of any agreement.

Who’s happy?

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, according to a statement from their offices saying that Trump had agreed to “enshrine” DACA into law. “President and the leaders agreed to pair the bipartisan DREAM Act with some border security, excluding the wall,” a source familiar with the meeting told Politico.

Trump last week sponsored a Democrat plan to raise the debt ceiling with a bill to fund the government for three months along with a measure allocating $15 billion to hurricane relief, stunning Republicans.

Who’s really, really not happy?

Trump voters, immigration hawks and conservatives in general who want to ensure border security.

Glenn’s take:

Is bargaining with Democrats acceptable? Absolutely – if you use bipartisan bargaining to help keep your promises to American voters. Making a deal isn’t bad if you get something good out of it, but Trump hasn’t done that. Democrats will keep promising to work on border security, but Trump has no guarantee.

“Somebody’s getting played,” Glenn said. “It is not Chuck and it is not Nancy.”

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: Well, Donald Trump promised that you would make deals, and that's exactly what he did last night. The president had dinner last night where he apparently struck a deal with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi again. There were no Republicans there.

His supporters are furious. Breitbart is furious. Drudge is furious.

The White House this morning is starting to walk it back. The deal reportedly shrines the protections of DACA into law quickly. And will work out a package of border security.

The -- the deal does not include any funding for the wall. So here's what happened: The Democrats have achieved their policy goal of turning DACA into law. And the Republicans, what do we get exactly?

Here's what we got. We got a commitment from Democrats to work on border security. Uh-huh.

On the positive side, if we are going to live by DACA, it is better that Congress passes it into law than being an executive program. That is the only positive I can find.

To the deal: Two things are true. One, making a deal is not bad, if you get something good out of it. Two, Trump got nothing good out of this deal, at least that we know of.

Because the Democrats are always going to promise, we're going to work on a border security package. We're going to work on a border security -- yeah, they never do. The Republicans never do.

We're expecting the Democrats to do it? A good deal would have included real immigration reforms, real border enforcement.

Look at this from the Democratic angle. If Trump reverses himself, they get to call him cruel and paint him as the bad guy trying to hurt these young adults affected by DACA. If he instead keeps his word, they get their policy goal. And the G.O.P. gets a promise to work together.

You need to know this. Somebody's getting played. I don't know who it is. But I know for sure it is not Chuck and it is not Nancy.

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