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Trump’s Deals with Dems: Bipartisanship or Betrayal?

by Countable | 9.14.17

What’s the story?

First, President Donald Trump struck a deal last week to extend the debt ceiling and fund the federal government for three months in exchange for Hurricane Harvey relief with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Now, the president seems to have struck another deal with the Democratic leaders to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients in exchange for increases to border security.

Thus far some Republicans and segments of Trump’s base do not seem too excited about this apparent show of bipartisanship. Progressives were also cautious about embracing this agreement.

Why does it matter?

Schumer and Pelosi announced Wednesday night that they had struck a deal with the White House to protect DACA recipients. They were quick to note that the deal did not include money to fund the president’s border wall proposal.

The president and the White House then fired back, saying there had been no final deal. But Thursday morning the President tweeted support for DACA recipients and stated to the press that a deal was in the works, and that "the wall would come later".

Schumer and Pelosi issued an updated statement on Thursday morning:

"President Trump’s Tweets are not inconsistent with the agreement reached last night. As we said last night, there was no final deal, but there was agreement on the following:

"We agreed that the President would support enshrining DACA protections into law, and encourage the House and Senate to act.

"What remains to be negotiated are the details of border security, with a mutual goal of finalizing all details as soon as possible. While both sides agreed that the wall would not be any part of this agreement, the President made clear he intends to pursue it at a later time, and we made clear we would continue to oppose it.

"Both sides agreed that the White House and the Democratic leaders would work out a border security package. Possible proposals were discussed including new technology, drones, air support, sensor equipment, rebuilding roads along the border and the bipartisan McCaul-Thompson bill."

Staunch supporters of the president were vocal in their disapproval.

Breitbart News referred to the president as ‘Amnesty Don’ and ran an article entitled ‘Trump Caves In On DACA".

Conservative pundits on Twitter either doubted the veracity of Schumer and Pelosi’s statement on the deal or portrayed the deal as a betrayal of the president’s base:

Not all Republicans were dismayed, however. Sen. Jeff Flake tweeted his support of a deal Wednesday night:

While activists on the Left were cautious:

What do you think?

Do you support a deal that protects DACA recipients in exchange for enhanced border security? Do you think Trump making deals with Democratic leaders is a sign of positive bipartisanship or betrayal of the base on both sides?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr / Creative Commons)

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  • Curt
    09/14/2017
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    It is the job of the Administration and Congress to work together to safeguard the American people and run a balanced government. For far too long extremists in both parties have fouled up the system. They should be working together, comprising, legislate and revisit legislation that may not be working as expected. We can not have an all or nothing attitude in DC. The American people want progress. Everyone can't get what they want all the time. America is supposed to care about everyone law abiding person in our borders and some beyond.

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  • Brian
    09/14/2017
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    We'd be stupid to not take the freebies. But this guy can't be trusted.

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  • Azrael
    09/14/2017
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    Smoke and mirrors Wouldn't trust him to hold up any agreement He's a pathological liar

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  • T
    09/14/2017
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    I hope he will listen to the Democrats. The people need help. That is their job.

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  • F khristopher
    09/15/2017
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    How is it betrayal to work in the best interest of the country?

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  • Sarah
    09/14/2017
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    I don't trust and never should anyone trust, Donald J Trump. To state a platitude "a leopard never changes his spots." He used public opposition to rescinding the DACA program as well as the ongoing Russian investigations as a diversion. Democrats,you may want to work with him but he's a scoundrel and that should never be forgotten.

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  • Donald
    09/15/2017
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    Do I trust him? Absolutely not. Think he made a correct decision? Yes. Will he stick to that decision? Time will tell. We will be watching not that seems to effect him all that much.

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  • Andrew
    09/14/2017
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    SUPPORT THE BIPARTISAN MOVEMENT.

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  • Norm
    09/15/2017
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    This is a smart move on the Presidents part. He is learning how Washington works. As for the democrats and republicans relationship they're still gonna need family therapy on how to work together.

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  • Ron
    09/14/2017
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    Bullshit distraction from growing Russia problem.

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  • James
    09/15/2017
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    Do we really expect this man to keep his word? His philosophy is chaos. That's what he will cause. For all we know the Daca deal was just a ruse to get dems to like him, we all know he craves attention like a 3 year old. But when the law gets to his desk he will veto it and say it was never his idea. This is a man who needs to be reminded his daughter is not his wife after all

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  • Vanessa
    09/15/2017
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    There are 3 branches of government for a reason. Let's not knock 1 branch for working with another, just because they see a value in actually working across party lines, for the betterment of the people.

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  • Jean
    09/15/2017
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    I don't think 45 has an ideology. He is already back-peddling on this decision because his base went ballistic. He just wants to be liked. So sad😭

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  • Susan
    09/15/2017
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    It's neither. Trump is just continuing his practice of pitting people against each other. Neither side should put any credence in his words or actions.

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  • Stuart
    09/15/2017
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    He comes from the private world, results not recess get things done. To me, he is working forward. Rather than the crying and energy wasted on Trump, why not turn that energy towards to those in office....send the message...get it done or get out.

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  • JayFeat
    09/14/2017
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    What's wrong with reaching across the aisle and getting something done every once in a while?

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  • RealsOverFeels
    09/14/2017
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    A good deal means both (or all) parties involved get something they want at the cost of something else. Trump got less than nothing and the Dems got everything.

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  • SouthernGal
    09/15/2017
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    Lolol! Trump is so hungry for a congressional win, he doesn't care where it comes from. Sad....

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  • MIKAL
    09/15/2017
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    There are no deals UNTIL bills are passed and signed... Already we have equivocation by Trump on the "DACA deal".

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  • Margaret
    09/14/2017
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    Bi partisan but politics will insist on making it ugly.

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