Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump gave the press the opportunity to witness and record his bipartisan meeting with lawmakers on DACA and immigration reform, earning him high marks from members of the media.
Some members of the media openly praised the president for allowing the media in the meeting. According to the Washington Examiner, the press was assembled for what was supposed to be a pool spray before the official meeting got under way.
Instead of sending them away, the press was allowed to remain for the 55-minute discussion between Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
Twitter users with media connections were quick to show support for the move, showing the president rare support. Examples can be seen below.
While some journalists said no other president has ever invited members of the press to watch negotiations before, Dan Pfeiffer, a former adviser to former President Barack Obama, said it had.
“Obama did this with the House GOP conference in 2010 on health care on live TV. He would have done it every year, but the GOP refused to let cameras back in ever again,” Dan Pfeiffer claimed in a tweet.
Obama did this with the House GOP conference in 2010 on health care on live TV. He would have done it every year, but the GOP refused to let cameras back in ever again https://t.co/eGP5y76WoT
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) January 9, 2018
That didn’t prevent others from showing appreciation for the move, as seen in the tweets below.
Watching Pres Trump and D’s and R’s talking about immigration is very valuable…we need to see this discussion..so glad this is aired live
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) January 9, 2018
Also: I have covered Washington/politics for 2 decades. I have NEVER seen a president invite the press in to film negotiations with Congress.
— Paul Singer (@singernews) January 9, 2018
Trump smart for opening immigration discussion to press. Public gets to see deal making POTUS at his best.
— Steve Peoples (@sppeoples) January 9, 2018
That was great @realDonaldTrump. You should do it again in the future.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) January 9, 2018
BREAKING: Brilliant move by POTUS – in the middle of the Wolff onslaught – he allows LIVE coverage of him working the table with Dems/GOP on immigration. Thoughtful, policy proficient and determined to get a deal.
— Martha MacCallum (@marthamaccallum) January 9, 2018
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) January 9, 2018
We are seeing real live #Immigration negotiations from the White House. This is brilliant, fascinating and a master stroke by @POTUS who is showing himself as the embodiment of fitness and leadership. Most remarkable political tv I’ve ever seen. pic.twitter.com/lKttKGuKyl
— Tom Shattuck (@tomshattuck) January 9, 2018
.@BarackObama promised transparency & never happened! Our @POTUS @realDonaldTrump is one of the most transparent & authentic President we have had in long time! Bravo 👏🏻 #Trump I hope both both sides @GOP & @DNC continue the unity started by #Trump #MAGA pic.twitter.com/m75kbLM0qp
— Dr.Estella Sneider (@DrEstella) January 9, 2018
— Heather Childers (@HeatherChilders) January 9, 2018
Quite the juxtaposition to see Trump begin to shift to center on immigration on same day Bannon is out the door at Breitbart.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 9, 2018
Worth noting that Trump meeting with lawmakers not unprecedented… Obama did a similar on-cam summit with lawmakers in 2010 that featured Paul Ryan sparring with POTUS https://t.co/U78uWYe6ED
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 9, 2018
Outside the White House after lengthy bipartisan congressional meeting with Trump, much of it in front of reporters, @SenatorDurbin opens with: “Well, *that* was a unique meeting.”
— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) January 9, 2018
This bipartisan immigration meeting, and Trump’s interactions in it, all of it is quite extraordinary.
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) January 9, 2018
It will get a lot sloppier from here, but this bipartisan meeting is great optics for Trump
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) January 9, 2018
— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) January 9, 2018
Remarkable bipartisan meeting chaired by Donald Trump between Republicans and Democrats for 50 minutes in presence of live cameras. A reconciliatory, statesmanlike Trump leading way for #DACA and comprehensive immigration reforms. Even CNN is stumped. #Dreamers #Wall
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) January 9, 2018
“we’ll do DACA and start comprehensive immigration reform the next day” Pres Trump on camera just now at unusual White House bipartisan congressional meeting
— Judy Woodruff (@JudyWoodruff) January 9, 2018
CNN has cameras in this bipartisan congressional negotiation meeting with Trump and it’s fascinating.
— Brandon Pope TV (@BpopeTV) January 9, 2018
Lots of laughs at Trump suggests to bipartisan meeting that Congress restore #earmarks.
— Debra J. Saunders (@debrajsaunders) January 9, 2018
Watching @POTUS Trump leading this bipartisan immigration meeting is totally fascinating. This is what people want – the two sides at the table, civilly discussing issues and working together for the American people.
— Bettina Inclán (@BettinaInclan) January 9, 2018
Fascinating television watching @realDonaldTrump run this meeting with both Republicans and Democrats in an effort to come up with a bipartisan solution to DACA. Not sure how much was really accomplished but was an interesting view. I think Trump came off enthusiastic & glib.
— Sid Rosenberg (@sidrosenberg) January 9, 2018
.@RepLujanGrisham got into bipartisan meeting with Trump on DACA talks. Pelosi tried to get WH to invite her, but she was never invited.
— Laura Barrón-López (@lbarronlopez) January 9, 2018
Trump holds bipartisan meeting on immigration reform https://t.co/YpF2dUQxqJ
— NBC Latino (@NBCLatino) January 9, 2018