Has Donald Trump Fallen Under the Democrats’ Spell?
Conservative Republicans were outraged by reports late Wednesday that President Trump had given away the farm on President Obama’s DACA order. In a meeting with Democratic Party congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, Trump reportedly brokered a deal for legislation that would grant some form of amnesty to everyone covered by the program…if not many thousands more. What’s worse, Trump apparently demanded very little in return.
“We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the President,” Schumer and Pelosi said in a joint statement. “The discussion focused on DACA. We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides.”
Excluding the wall.
White House officials, including the president, disputed this description of the meeting.
“While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a tweet.
White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short also took issue with Schumer and Pelosi’s narrative, telling a Wall Street Journal reporter that their statement was “misleading.”
“No deal on DACA or border wall was reached tonight,” Short told Rebecca Ballhaus.
Ballhaus also wrote, “Short says WH is not committed to including border wall $ in DACA legislation if they feel ‘confident’ it will be included in another bill.”
Trump himself insisted on Twitter the next day that media reports on the discussions were not accurate.
“No deal was made last night on DACA,” he said. “Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote.”
But in additional tweets, Trump made it clear that he wanted a legislative solution to the plight of undocumented “dreamers.”
“Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military?” Trump asked. “Really! They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own — brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security.”
He hinted, however, that Democrats were being honest when they used that magic phrase “excluding the wall.”
“The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built,” he wrote.
To us, this seems like the PERFECT bargaining chip for Trump to use if he really wants to secure money for the wall. Because he’s right – most of his conservative supporters could get on board with some kind of loose amnesty for Dreamers…BUT only if we got something huge in return. Funding for the wall would be just about right. So you have to wonder why he didn’t make the two contingent on each other and finally force both Republicans and Democrats into some tough decisions.
We don’t know if Trump is getting some bad advice from the people left in the White House or if he’s being seduced by the positive media coverage his bipartisan outreach is getting, but we’re getting nervous about some of these recent decisions.