Of course, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. After all, we’re talking about politicians, here, right? According to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s sob story on the Senate floor Saturday, he was the voice of reason during his Friday night bargaining session at the White House, while President Trump refused to be mollified.
“In exchange for strong DACA protections,” Schumer carefully enunciates in the video that follows, “I reluctantly put the border wall on the table for discussion. Even that was not enough to entice the President to finish the deal.”
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on his meeting with President Trump: “In exchange for strong DACA protections, I reluctantly put the border wall on the table for discussion. Even that was not enough to entice the President to finish the deal” https://t.co/huVlNm6rf4
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 20, 2018
There’s only one problem. Unluckily for Schumer, he and President Trump were not the only people in the room in the room during the negotiations. As the New York Times reports:
The White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, was there, as was Mr. Schumer’s chief of staff, Mike Lynch.
… [A]n outline of an agreement was struck, according to one person familiar with the discussion: Mr. Schumer said yes to higher levels for military spending and discussed the possibility of fully funding the president’s wall on the southern border with Mexico. In exchange, the president agreed to support legalizing young immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. [Emphasis added]
Mr. Schumer left the White House believing he had persuaded the president to support a short, three to four-day spending extension to finalize an agreement. …
The final paragraph, if the authors were being totally sincere, might have read “Mr. Schumer left the White House believing he had flimflammed the president.” That is a more accurate characterization of the “deal” described, in which the administration reportedly agreed to “strong DACA protections” in exchange for “the possibility of fully funding the president’s wall.”
(h/t Tom Tillison, BizPac Review)
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