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Trump's DACA deal with Democrats is "political suicide," conservatives say

Republican leaders and commentators aren't pleased that Trump is working with Democrats on immigration


Taylor Link
September 14, 2017 2:33PM (UTC)

From indignation to outright fury, Republicans were disenchanted Thursday morning over news that President Donald Trump plans to protect immigrants known as DREAMers in exchange for repairs of an existing fence along the southern border.

Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer announced after a dinner with the president Wednesday that they had reached a deal securing the protection of DACA. A "big, beautiful wall" that Trump campaigned on was reportedly not part of the agreement.

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In a series of tweets Thursday, Trump pushed back on the notion that he struck a deal, before describing the terms of an agreement that sounded remarkably similar to the one Pelosi described.

These tweets confirmed that Trump was willing to preserve DACA as long as Democrats approved of some border security improvements — sans the wall. This revelation traumatized Republicans who were finally realizing that their master negotiator was not going to deliver on his promise.

Other conservatives, such as the "Fox & Friends" crew have tried to spin the latest news as a win for Trump because the agreement makes it look as if the White House is working with Democrats to move the country forward. Host Steve Doocy said that Trump was only reaching across the aisle to Democrats because he could get nothing done with Republicans.

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Sean Hannity offered the same tune Wednesday night when he first heard of the Trump-Schumer-Pelosi agreement, saying that this result was "100 percent" congressional Republicans' fault.

One Republican in Congress, Rep. Steve King, told CNN Thursday morning that his "life's work" would be undone if Trump truly struck a deal protecting DACA recipients. When asked what he would do if Trump handed a win over to Democrats without any policy consolations in return, King suggested he was powerless and that all he could do was move on to trade and tax reform.

King did say, however, that if Trump moves forward on this DACA deal, "the base will leave him."


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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