Remember candidate Trump, the greatest deal-maker in history who would win so much we’d all get tired of winning? As president, he’s devolved into handling disagreements with Congress like a middle-schooler by tweeting insults at them and making up names that no one would’ve considered clever in the seventh grade.
Trump does not need Democrats to extend protections to Dreamers currently residing in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, although it is Democrats who have worked to get those protections signed. While he could simply sign to extend those programs, he has attached them to a ridiculous spending bill to fund increases to an already bloated defense budget and an entirely unnecessary border wall that he promised his supporters he’d make Mexico pay for.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) was the first, but not the only, lawmaker present at a meeting between lawmakers and Trump to say publicly that the president made racist comments about black and brown immigrants from “shithole” countries, saying he’d prefer immigrants from mostly white countries like Norway. Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) confirmed the comments and is reported to have spoken up when Trump made them. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who spoke to other lawmakers who attended the meeting, told reporters that they also confirmed the account Durbin gave.
‘They said those words were used before those words went public. So that’s all I can tell you is I heard that account before the account even went public.’
Only two of those present, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), first said they “could not recall” what Trump said at the meeting, then suddenly remembered later that Durbin’s account was a “gross misinterpretation of what they “could not recall.” Durbin, however, has become the target for Trump and his taunts and tantrums.
There is no reason that Trump cannot sign the bill and protect human lives without funding for his wall. While all Americans, including those in Congress, care about safety and security, funding a wall that will solve nothing while taking away healthcare from millions of people is not sound or humane policy. Safety for all citizens of the U.S. also means having access to life-saving healthcare.
If Trump cared about any of these things, the deal would already be signed.
Twitter responded to Trump’s tantrum in quick fashion. See some of the best comments below:
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