Thursday on CNN’s “New Day,” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) voiced his frustration with an announcement the night before that President Donald Trump had struck a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to allow the so-called DREAMers to remain in the United States.
Also announced by Democrats in attendance was that the wall was not part of that deal. According to King, it appeared that Trump was keeping 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign promises and not his own.
“Well, you know have to interpret what you hear him say,” King said. “And you know, running a big or a large or a massive border security deal — that doesn’t address domestic enforcement and doesn’t really tell us what the border security might be. And if we don’t build a wall all the way through, then the rest of it is subject to prosecutorial discretion — his, as was Barack Obama’s, as is the next president. I think something is going to have to be reversed here with this president’s policy or it will just blow up his base.”
“I mean this was just a straight-up promise all the way through his campaign,” he continued. “And I might add that I told the president that I might market his immigration policy for 14 years and we spent a lot of time in Iowa having those debates and discussions and across New Hampshire, South Carolina and beyond. I don’t think it’s unclear to anybody what those campaign promises were, but it looks to me like he’s preparing to keep Hillary Clinton’s campaign promise rather than his own.”
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