On Tuesday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson criticized President Trump for deferring to lawmakers on immigration policy early in the day during a televised negotiation session.
“Today, in a remarkable twist, the president held a televised meeting with the very swamp creatures he once denounced. He told them he trusted them to craft immigration policy without his input. Then he suggested he’d be willing to accept any deal they produced, even a bad one,” Carlson rebuked on his eponymous Fox News show.
“These are the same people the president now says he trusts to write the immigration bill, the one he says he’ll sign no matter what it says. So what was the point of running for president?” Carlson jabbed.
On Tuesday, Trump met with lawmakers from both parties to preside over a negotiation session pertaining to immigration issues such as border security and the embattled Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The president hinted his support of the proposed ideas, mentioning that he was willing to “wake the heat” to endorse bipartisan efforts.
“I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with,” Trump declared to the roughly two dozen lawmakers in attendance. “If they come to me with things that I’m not in love with, I’m going to do it, because I respect them.”
At one point, Trump expressed interest in a “bill of love” to address DACA, the Obama-era measure that allowed select immigrants who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children to live and work in the country without the fear of deportation.
Trump’s administration announced that it would be ending DACA last year, giving Congress until March 5 to develop a solution for the program’s beneficiaries.
“When this group comes back with an agreement … I’m signing it,” Trump revealed. “I mean, I will be signing it. I’m not going to say ‘oh gee, I want this or I want that.’ I’ll be signing it.”
Carlson pointed out that President Trump’s position appeared to align with that of his fellow 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Jeb Bush.
Encouraged the President is seeking bipartisan solutions to our immigration challenges. https://t.co/acD5u5Vw76
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) January 9, 2018
Carlson then noted that if Trump maintains his stance on the negotiations, it will provide Democrats with significant leverage to get what they want on immigration issues.
“Being a Trump voter isn’t always easy. It’s like rooting for the underdog in baseball, the old Chicago Cubs,” Carlson said. “On one level, there is pride, the pride that comes from doing something that fashionable people consider insane, and that’s a good feeling. But there’s also some disappointment along the way, and honestly there’s some embarrassment.”
H/T: The Hill