Last week, President Donald Trump caused a lot of angst among conservatives when reports began circulating that he had cut a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to enact immigration reform — with no plans of a border wall.
Soon after those reports circulated, Trump administration officials tried to clarify that they were first seeking a deal on DACA, and funding for the wall would come later.
Appearing on Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends,” Sunday, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway tried to clarify the controversy over the wall, and doubled down on the promise to have the wall built during Trump’s time in office.
“The president has made clear, including this week that if there’s no funding for the wall, no deal can be made. He said it as plainly as possible for all to hear. Those are the president’s words. Take it to the bank,” she said.
Those words should provide some comfort to prominent conservatives like Ann Coulter who had some harsh words for Trump after his week of bipartisan efforts.
“Secondly, bipartisanship is a means; it is not an end, it is not a goal or an objective here. It is a vehicle by which you get things done particularly when you need 60 votes in the Senate for certain matters,” Conway explained.
Simple math can explain Trump’s outreach to Democrats. Republicans don’t have a supermajority in the Senate, so Trump will inevitably need Democrat support to pass major legislation. He can’t get Democrats on board on anything if he doesn’t at least talk to them.
“So this is what good negotiators and dealmakers make, but President Trump’s ideas prevailed. Hillary Clinton and the Democrat’s ideas failed. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s ideas failed last year,” Conway stated.
Watch Conway’s remarks below:
Democrats have made it clear that they will not tolerate any funding for a border wall, so it is uncertain how Trump and the Democrats can find some common ground to pass any sort of reform.
But if anyone can negotiate that deal, Trump can.
Trump went into Washington, D.C. to shake things up, and that is exactly what he is doing. Now, we just have to hope and pray that he will make good on his promises.
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