Posted: 2:26 pm Thursday, February 1st, 2018
By Jamie Dupree
With a compromise deal on immigration still eluding lawmakers in the Congress, President Donald Trump on Thursday said if Democrats don’t embrace his four point plan on illegal immigrant Dreamers and immigration enforcement, then it’s likely that nothing will be approved by the Congress on that subject.
“They talk a good game on DACA,” the President said of Democrats, “but they don’t produce.”
“We want to take care of DACA, and I hope we will,” Mr. Trump said. “We need the support of the Democrats in order to do it, and they might not want to do it.”
The President repeatedly made clear that he is not for a bill that only addresses younger illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, stressing the need to end the diversity visa lottery, and to limit family migration.
“So, we’ll either have something that’s fair and equitable and good and secure, or we’re going to have nothing at all,” the President declared.
Trump on immigration reform: “We want people coming into our country based on merit and based on the fact that they are going to love our country … We don’t want visa lottery” https://t.co/ldcN90bUsK
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 1, 2018
Speaking to a GOP legislative retreat in West Virginia, the President also faulted Democrats for their tepid reception of his State of the Union Address, citing the lack of applause from the party when he talked about historically low jobless rates for minorities in America.
“There was zero movement from the Democrats – they sat there, stone cold, no smile, no applause,” Mr. Trump said to applause from GOP lawmakers.
In his speech, Mr. Trump also touted the new tax cut law, telling Republicans that it has already boosted GOP poll numbers and will be a very good sales point for Republican candidates in 2018.
And he mocked criticism of the plan from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who said while businesses and the wealthy are getting big benefits, most Americans would get only “crumbs.”
“That could be like deplorable – does that make sense? Deplorable and crumbs?” The President asked with a smile, referring to the line used by Hillary Clinton to jab at supporters of President Trump during the 2016 campaign.
Pres. Trump brings up Leader Pelosi's "crumbs" comment about the tax bill: "That could be like deplorable."
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) February 1, 2018
Mr. Trump was in an upbeat, almost playful mood in his speech, trying to rally GOP lawmakers to stick together on major issues, acknowledging that some compromise will be needed to move forward on critical agenda items.
“We don’t quit,” the President said. “And the Republican Party certainly hasn’t quit.”