And this is why President Trump won't accomplish anything.

Everybody is hyperventilating over Trump's inflammatory comment. The bigger problem is that he rejected the deal.

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.

The remarks about Haiti and Africa are in question. Six senators are not a majority, there is still the House bill. The wall has been defined as from California to the tip of Texas. Another definition deleted natural obstructions. The wall is to slowdown drug smugglers, human traffickers , terrorist and in general to protect all f the American people. I say slowdown because nothing is one-hundred percent. We need to stop chain migration, visa lottery, anchor babies and duel citizenship. We have a immigration total by year. The dreamers can be part of that total, dreamers before new. Through background checks for all. Three years to become citizens for those over 18. Dreamers get legal guardians, foster parents, or are adopted. Families can stay to gather by deportation. Immigration laws have to be enforced going forward. There has to be a one time amnesty for the dreamers, not the parents, due to the mess Obama created. The sixty vote rule will have to be cancelled for anything to pass.

I am glad he rejected the deal. It gave the Democrats everything they want and didn't give him anything he wanted. Chain migration increased, Visa lottery still in place, an insult in funding for securing the border. The Deal was brought to him by 3 of the most liberal open borders senators regardless of part. Wall first, no visa lottery and no chain migration second, then special permanent residency for dreamers with the only path to citizenship through military service.


The Congress "managed to hammer out a reasonable compromise". What is meant by reasonable? Since Reagan signed an Amnesty deal the was to end illegal immigration. The problem has continued and continues today. 700 miles of fence was to be built but ONLY 35 miles now stands. Are we not a Sovereign nation and is it not the chief responsibility of the Federal government to secure and protect the nation and its citizens? A part of that protection is having safe and secure borders. With MILLIONS of illegal aliens jumping over the border, drugs pouring in and weapons smuggled into the country does not indicate a secure, safe and protect border. The Congress seems incapable of drafting a "reasonable immigration Bill that 1) does something about the overextended Visa problem (42% of Illegals) 2) secure border control, a fence 3) chain migration 4) lottery Visa program 5) general effective immigration policy. WHY? can't this be done?

Dang, I am glad he rejected the plan. He challenged the progressives with one very fair question: Why aren't we importing the best and the brightest the world has to offer? The more successful the US is, the more successful the world is. We are the most generous nation on this planet. If we are not careful, we will not have the capital to assist others for much longer.


He ALWAYS insisted on the secure border, end of chain migration, and end of the visa lottery for accommodations on DACA. This bill did NONE of that.

It was basically the disgraceful Gang of 8 bill that ended Rubio's possibility for President ever.

Trump was right in saying this was a major step backwards.

Better no deal on DACA and it ends on March 5th than a flawed bill that doesn't address any of the problems while granting a form of amnesty!

This author is flatly dishonest in this piece! It should be here last!

Senators Cotton and Perdue don't recall Trump using the offensive language in the private meeting, so far only Durbin has said he heard it. Six senators and no reps is not congress. Micheal Wolff has now admitted his book, "Eire and Fury" is not all fact. Just more anti-Trump message without backing.

I am not asserting that this was the best deal. I have no way of knowing whether the president made the controversial comment or not. I agree that Republicans should not approve DACA without concessions on security. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT TRUMP SAID ON TUESDAY. He said repeatedly that he would let Congress pass the bill and he would sign it. No matter what. That was my only point here.

I thought Mexico was going to pay for the wall, so all they need in the bill is the authorization to build it, not any funding for it...

I recognize liberal media bias (even if I am a liberal Democrat) and the like, but Good Lord, Trump almost has a talent for rescuing defeat from the jaws of victory. Is there anything that the Trump administration has accomplished because of Trump instead of despite him?

I only saw Trump playing with a bunch of senators and seeing how far off the charts they would go in a negotiation. They went too far. He needed to scrap that "Deal", if that's what you want to call it.