Sup­port­ers turn on Trump

Democrats deal seen as ‘be­trayal’

The Queensland Times - - NEWS | WORLD - James Law News Corp

SOME of Don­ald Trump’s strong­est sup­port­ers are talk­ing about “im­peach­ment” after his lat­est deal with some of the Repub­li­cans’ arch en­e­mies.

The US Pres­i­dent has sat down with some of his staunch­est crit­ics – top Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi – to dis­cuss im­mi­gra­tion is­sues.

Frus­trated with the catherd­ing ex­er­cise in­volved in deal­ing with Congress, Mr Trump has be­come all about bi­par­ti­san­ship of late, reach­ing across the aisle to score some wins.

He blind­sided his party last week when he went around the Repub­li­can lead­er­ship to ex­tend the US debt limit with the agree­ment of the Democrats.

And he ap­peared to re­vive that tac­tic this week when he in­vited Mr Schumer and Ms Pelosi to the White House to re­solve the con­tentious is­sue of De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals – a pol­icy that saved nearly 800,000 for­eign­ers who il­le­gally en­tered Amer­i­can soil as mi­nors from be­ing kicked out of the coun­try.

The Democrats declared vic­tory after the meet­ing, say­ing in a joint state­ment that Mr Trump had agreed to pro­tect the so-called “Dream­ers” and es­tab­lish a bor­der se­cu­rity pol­icy that was “ac­cept­able to both sides”.

Im­por­tantly, th­ese poli­cies would be im­ple­mented with­out mak­ing progress on Mr Trump’s planned bor­der wall be­tween the US and Mex­ico.

Mr Trump tweeted in sup­port of the Dream­ers on Thurs­day morn­ing: “Does any­body re­ally want to throw out good, ed­u­cated and ac­com­plished young peo­ple who have jobs, some serv­ing in the mil­i­tary?”

His em­brace of DACA goes against the hard-line stance on il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion he took while run­ning for pres­i­dent and his 2016 prom­ise to “ter­mi­nate” the pol­icy.

Repub­li­can Con­gress­man Steve King led the cho­rus of crit­i­cism from Mr Trump’s own side, tweet­ing: “Trump base is blown up, de­stroyed, ir­repara­ble and dis­il­lu­sioned be­yond re­pair. No prom­ise is cred­i­ble.”

Con­ser­va­tive com­men­ta­tor Ann Coul­ter – who once wrote a book called In Trump We Trust – was sim­i­larly in­censed, tweet­ing: “At this point, who DOESN’T want Trump im­peached?”

Even the read­ers of the Trump-friendly Bre­it­bart News, run by the Pres­i­dent’s for­mer chief strate­gist Steve Bannon, ripped into him in the com­ments sec­tion of a story with the crit­i­cal head­line “Amnesty Don”.

“Put a fork in Trump. He is done,” one reader wrote.

An un­named Bre­it­bart editor told The Wash­ing­ton Post “this is a be­trayal of the high­est or­der”.

The is­sue has been con­fused by the mixed mes­sages com­ing from Mr Trump, the White House and the Democrats.

Mr Trump tweeted early on Thurs­day that “no deal was made last night on DACA”, but about an hour later sup­ported the pol­icy.

“We’re work­ing on a plan for DACA. Peo­ple want to see that hap­pen,” he said.

White House spokes­woman Sarah Huck­abee San­ders tweeted that “ex­clud­ing the wall was cer­tainly not agreed to”, but an ad­viser to Mr Schumer tweeted: “The Pres­i­dent made clear he would con­tinue push­ing the wall, just not as part of this agree­ment.”

Mr Trump clar­i­fied his po­si­tion later on Thurs­day, telling re­porters: “The wall will come later, we’re right now ren­o­vat­ing large sec­tions of wall, mas­sive sec­tions, mak­ing it brand new.”

PHOTO: ALEX BRAN­DON/AP

COP­PING HEAT: Don­ald Trump, ac­com­pa­nied by wife Me­la­nia, fields me­dia ques­tions at the White House.

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