On Thursday, C-SPAN proved once again that it has basically become must-see TV in 2017 after a microphone Chuck Schumer apparently didn't realize was switched on captured the Democratic senator telling a colleague he thinks things are going pretty good between the Democrats and President Trump.
"He likes us. He likes me anyway," Schumer tells an unidentified colleague in an exchange that was later uploaded to YouTube by conservative blogger Erick Erickson. "What we said was exactly accurate. Oh, it's gonna work out. And it'll make us feel productive too."
Although it's not 100 percent clear who or what Schumer is talking about, on Wednesday night, he and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced they'd neared a deal with Trump to provide for the roughly 800,000 "DREAMers" formerly protected under the DACA. The proposed deal comes just days after Trump's Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, moved to end the program, which allows undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children to stay in the country and work legally.
On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted that "no deal was made last night on DACA," putting Schumer and Pelosi in a bit of an awkward spot and consoling Republicans quick to refute the notion of Trump working with the Democrats on immigration. But by the end of the day, Trump seemed to confirm what Pelosi and Schumer had originally announced, telling reporters that he was "working on a plan for DACA" that would not include money for his proposed Mexican border wall, the New York Times reports.
"Here's what I told him: I said, 'Mr. President, you're much better off if you can sometimes step right and sometimes step left,'" Schumer said on the hot mic. "'If you have to step just in one direction, you're boxed.' He gets that."
The deal—and the recording—is bound to enrage congressional Republicans, who are already pissed off that Trump has suddenly gone rogue on their party. Last week, the president struck a deal with Schumer and Pelosi to tack Hurricane Harvey relief onto legislation raising the debt ceiling through December—a move that left Republicans without the spending cuts they wanted. According to Politico, Trump was hyped on the deal—raving about the "incredible" press it drew and telling reporters we might see more bipartisanship in his presidency going forward.
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