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On DACA, Trump is Trump is Trump

January 16, 2018

If you ever find yourself nodding along as President Trump speaks, just wait a little; he’ll disappoint you soon enough.

A week ago, with congressional Democrats and Republicans gathered around a table to talk immigration, the President showed flickers of leadership.

Trump said many things in that meeting, some of them contradictory. But to the extent there was a consistent message, it was this: He wanted to bring the two sides together, as a first order of business protecting young undocumented immigrants brought here as children, paired with additional border security.

If the group of lawmakers struck a deal, “I will be signing it. I’m not going to say, ‘Oh, gee, I want this or I want that.’ ”

Then, Senate Republicans and Democrats brought him exactly such an agreement — codifying protections for Dreamers, protecting a few other smaller groups, and ramping up border security funding. Trump, says Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, was on board with the framework as late as 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

In the next two hours, something radical changed, and by a noon meeting, the President was all but putting that blueprint through a shredder, including dumping on “shithole” countries.

As Graham put it: “Tuesday we had a President that I was proud to golf with, call my friend, who understood immigration had to be bipartisan. Now I don’t know where that guy went. I want him back.” You can’t get him back, senator. There’s only one Donald Trump.

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