Trump calms party
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump sought to reassure his camp of his conservative bona fides yesterday after embracing a deal with opposition Democrats that would allow hundreds of thousands of young immigrants illegally brought to the United States as children to stay.
After being pilloried by Republicans furious at his seeming retreat from a pledge to curb illegal immigration, the president weighed in on a host of red-meat issues – political correctness, terrorism and racial tensions – aimed at assuring his base that he was not going soft.
No final deal has been reached, but Trump’s agreement to work with Democrats to find a way for the 700,000 immigrants known as “Dreamers” to remain in the country legally has roiled his political base. Last month he earned praise from conservatives for rescinding an amnesty decreed by his predecessor Barack Obama, which shielded the young immigrants from deportation.