New @PressSec statement on DACA injunction: “We find this decision to be outrageous, especially in light of the President’s successful bipartisan meeting with House and Senate members at the White House on the same day.”
— Monica Alba (@albamonica) January 10, 2018
TRUMP: “I think a clean DACA bill, to me, is a DACA bill, but we take care of the 800,000 people … but I think, to me, a clean bill is a bill of DACA, we take care of them, and we also take care of security."
His mind is a constant mudflow.
— Vive la Resistance (@stanimals) January 10, 2018
SOOO successful! Just ask the Grey Lady’s finest knob-polishers:
For 55 minutes, with cameras rolling, President Trump engaged in a vigorous discussion of immigration with congressional leaders of both parties in a setting usually reserved for bland talking points and meaningless photo opportunities.
In effect, the president and his visitors threw away the blah-blah scripts and negotiated possible legislation in front of the nation. “I hope we’ve given you enough material,” a pleased Mr. Trump joked with reporters as he finally ushered them out of the Cabinet Room in the White House.
That was the point. After days in which his very fitness for office was debated, Mr. Trump appeared intent on demonstrating that he could handle the presidency. He was in command of the meeting while inviting input. He did not berate anyone. He did not call anyone derogatory nicknames. He signaled that he was open to compromise.
The bar, of course, was historically low given that Democrats and even some Republicans have been describing him as so unstable that he should be removed from office. For his advisers, the meeting was a relief, a chance to reset the narrative and make Mr. Trump look more like a traditional president. And his critics, grading on a curve, called it a welcome change, a moment of constructive engagement that they hoped would lead to more.
Yet it was a measure of Mr. Trump’s political weakness that anyone seemed surprised.
He did not lapse into incoherence but neither did he demonstrate mastery of policy details after a year in office. At one point, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California seemed to lead him into agreeing to an immigration deal on terms that she and fellow Democrats have sought, only to have an alarmed Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House Republican leader, jump in to steer him back toward his own policy.
Indeed, Mr. Trump made clear once again that the details of governance do not really matter to him as much as success, telling congressional leaders that he would approve whatever they send him. “I will be signing it,” he said. “I’m not going to say, ‘Oh, gee, I want this or I want that.’ I’ll be signing it.”…
YAY “Our Team” for the win! At least the Repubs have found someone to blame it on…
GOP negotiators say Trump aide Stephen Miller is standing in the way of an immigration deal https://t.co/fiATysk4vq
— Anita Kumar (@anitakumar01) January 10, 2018
Here’s one thing even Republicans negotiating an immigration deal agree on: Trump aide Stephen Miller is hurting their chances of getting anything done.
They blame him for insisting the administration gets approval for an unrealistic number of immigration policies in exchange for protections for young people brought into the country illegally as children. They loathe his intensity when delivering his hardline views. And they accuse him of coordinating with outside advocacy groups that oppose their efforts…
Some Republicans say Miller has tried to poison the deal with policies he knows will never survive a vote in the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim majority and are constantly searching for Democratic votes. “He’s trying to craft a deal he knows is not viable because he doesn’t want a deal,” said a Republican strategist who has long sought an immigration overhaul.
Miller declined to be interviewed for this story. Two senior White House officials described Miller as a policy expert Trump values who has a wealth of knowledge and expertise on immigration. “He is trying to make a deal,” one official said. “He doesn’t want to sabotage a deal.”…
The White House said that Miller has great relationships with lawmakers and provided McClatchy with a list of four House Republican leaders’ offices to speak to about him. A spokesperson for one of them, Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican, referred calls to the House Committee on Homeland Security, which he chairs. But the office was not aware of the White House’s request that the chairman vouch support for Miller.
A second, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was not available to talk.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, issued a statement: “Stephen is an incredibly bright mind on immigration policy and reflects the administration’s focus in fixing our broken immigration system. He has been of tremendous value for members on the hill and for the administration during this debate.”
And in the fourth office, an aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, said Miller has been up front about what the White House position is and that his interactions with the office had been “constructive recently.” A longtime Ryan staffer who works on immigration issues speaks to Miller regularly, sometimes even daily, the aide said…
IIRC, Miller is the last hardcore “nativist”, aka xenophobe, still embedded in the Trump occupation now that Bannon’s persona non grata; booting him for failing to appreciate the ‘evolution’ of Dear Leader’s anti-immigration policies would make it easier for Ryan, McConnell, et al to focus on their preferred looting & pillaging policies without Donny Dollhands getting publicly distracted.
President elected to build a wall and block amnesty will have given us amnesty and no wall. https://t.co/uCPTDFRMMv
— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) January 9, 2018
“Ambulatory cream cheese sculpture” (h/t BettyCracker):
"When everybody says you're drunk you'd better sit down," is my favorite Irish saying. When everybody in MSM is saying the move was a genius one –referring to @realDonaldTrump WH meeting on immigration– its pretty tough to do other than laugh at Michael Wolff 25th Amd nonsense
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) January 10, 2018
NARRATOR: Everybody in the MSM wasn’t saying this. https://t.co/4QvxkBOsYu
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) January 10, 2018