During Tuesday’s opening monologue on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson addressed an earlier televised negotiation session between President Donald Trump and congressional leaders from both political parties, and criticized Trump for deferring to lawmakers on immigration policy.
Trump presided over the Tuesday meeting during which lawmakers discussed immigration issues such as border security and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“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 said.
“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 asked.
During the meeting, Trump declared that he wants a “bill of love” to address DACA. The president indicated that he would “sign” any legislation that the group of lawmakers in the room devised to resolve the DACA issue, noting that he was willing to “take the heat” to support a bipartisan deal.
Trump announced in September that he would rescind DACA and gave Congress until March 5 to decide how to proceed regarding the program.
Carlson pointed out on Tuesday that Trump’s position appeared to align with Jeb Bush, one of his competitors in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
Encouraged the President is seeking bipartisan solutions to our immigration challenges. https://t.co/acD5u5Vw76
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) January 9, 2018
Carlson contended that if Trump maintains his position, Democrats will have significant leverage on the issue of immigration.
Carlson also remarked on the challenges of being a Trump supporter, many of whom voted for the president because of his strong stance on immigration that now seems to be softening.
“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.”
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