In a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said that President Donald Trump’s unprecedented televised meeting with lawmakers on Tuesday signaled that he might be able to push Congress toward a deal on immigration, but warned that Trump must foster compromise among Republicans and Democrats.
Coons said that millions of people voted for Trump expecting to see “a businessman who knew how to bring people together, to cut big deals and to … get through some of the divisions of Washington.” According to Coons, that is not the president America saw last year.
“But for a variety of reasons, he’s realized that that’s the president he needs to be in order to be successful as president, and in order for the Republican Party to survive the 2018 elections,” said Coons.
“So what I thought we saw yesterday in that meeting, both in the visuals and in the conversation, was a president really trying to be and sound reasonable on a compromise around the Dreamers, on DACA,” Coons asserted.
Coons cautioned Trump not to “to make this not just a one-day photo op, but to show real leadership here, he actually could move us forward by getting a resolution to the status of Dreamers, and new investment in border security.”
Coons contended that lawmakers in the Republican party represent some of the biggest obstacles to helping DACA recipients remain in the U.S. and work. However, Coons argued that Trump could facilitate a deal on DACA by leading Republicans toward a permanent fix for the program.
“This is the president, President Trump is the president who could get that done,” he said.