President Trump gave mainstream media extraordinary access to a very interesting immigration debate (the DACA issue) on Tuesday. The bipartisan debate on DACA and immigration was witnessed by various reporters for almost an hour.
President Trump was the mediator in the negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. He was quoted as saying:
“I feel having the Democrats in with us is absolutely vital because it should be a bipartisan bill. It should be a bill of love. Truly. It should be a bill of love. But it also has to be a bill where we’re able to secure our border. Drugs are pouring into our country at a record pace. A lot of people coming in that we can’t have.”
.@WolfBlitzer gives credit to the WH for opening the bipartisan immigration meeting up to cameras: “I don’t remember when a White House has allowed TV cameras in such a meeting.”
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) January 9, 2018
Can anyone recall Barack Obama or George Bush ever having a meeting like this and allowing the press to film it from beginning to end? This is remarkable.
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) January 9, 2018
This open press bipartisan meeting in the cabinet room is how you show not tell how you’ve got a handle on things. Fascinating.
— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) January 9, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump makes an extraordinary play. He allows the press pool to attend the ENTIRE immigration meeting with GOP and Dems so the public can see how the sausage is made..
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) January 9, 2018
If you ask me, let me give you a little insight on what’s happening here: Trump is setting up another trap, just like he did with Obamacare. He said he’d repeal Obamacare if Congress could pass the bill. Congress failed. Now he’s calling the same bluff with immigration. He claims he’ll sign the bill knowing darn well Congress can’t and won’t get its act together (they have 19 working days to do this). Just in time for primary season, too.