Well, THAT didn't take long.
Just 2 days after holding a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress and basically telling them "I will literally sign any stupid piece of legislation you slap on my desk," President Trump just scuttled the deal Republicans and Democrats put together to save DACA and increase border security.
The president actually made a bold decision in allowing cameras into the meeting to film the whole negotiating session. Those who cover Congress marveled at the rare opportunity to "watch the sausage being made." Trump supporters have spent the last 48 hours pointing to the video saying "SEE! He's not crazy! He knows exactly what's going on!" while his detractors claimed that Trump basically echoed whatever any person in the room said and agreed to every conceivable position on DACA.
I don't know. You can watch the video and make up your own mind.
But the important message to both parties was that the president was not going to insist on any particular points. He would sign whatever bill Congress could agree to. “I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with,” Trump said “If they come to me with things that I’m not in love with, I’m going to do it, because I respect them.” and "“I’m not saying I want this or I want that. I will sign it,”
Can't be clearer than that, can you?
But that was then and this is now. Senators came back to him today with a deal they had hammered out to allow the DACA recipients to stay and put a down payment on the wall - AND TRUMP SCUTTLED IT!
Everyone is having a field day over the president referring to Haiti and others as "shithole countries." Which is bad. But hey, "Trump said something really offensive!" has been a daily headline for 2 1/2 years now. The bigger problem is that the president told Congress - in front of cameras no less - that he did not care what they put in the bill he would sign it. And miraculously, they managed to hammer out a reasonable compromise, that Trump then told them was a no go.
It should be noted that we have been having the same inane argument over immigration for over a decade now. Democrats and Republicans squabble like kindergartners over this. "We have to grant amnesty to these honest, hard-working people!" "No way! We fell for that last time. First we have to secure the border." "Not until we get amnesty!" "Not until we get our wall!" And yet our much maligned Congressmen managed to DO THEIR JOBS and work out a compromise most people (Ann Coulter not withstanding) would consider reasonable. But the president just pulled the rug out from under them.
So, why should they bother trying again? For that matter, why should they bother trying ANYTHING again? Why pass a budget the president won't sign or comprehensive immigration reform even a bill to rename the local post office if they can't be sure the president will sign it? You wonder why Republicans couldn't push through repeal of Obamacare? THIS IS EXACTLY WHY! They got no direction from the president and couldn't work out an agreement amongst themselves (and of course, they weren't going to get any help from the Democrats.)
Better get used to it people. This is what we have now. And we may have it for 8 more years. Or not.