Tucker Carlson reacted to remarks by President Trump during an unusually publicized White House meeting with members of Congress.
Trump allowed the press to film the meeting, which included Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Carlson said he was surprised that Trump told the legislators that he "trusted them" to craft an immigration reform plan without his input.
He said he was even more surprised Trump verbally agreed to sign what they eventually send him.
Thanks to all of the Republican and Democratic lawmakers for today’s very productive meeting on immigration reform. There was strong agreement to negotiate a bill that deals with border security, chain migration, lottery and DACA. https://t.co/SdqAQ3aL3z pic.twitter.com/8DYHZHspAy
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2018
Carlson said the situation was out of the ordinary for the president, pointing out that his "far-left" Republican rival, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.), praised his promise.
Encouraged the President is seeking bipartisan solutions to our immigration challenges. https://t.co/acD5u5Vw76
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) January 9, 2018
Carlson said Trump should not let Democrats make America "atone for imaginary sins against the world" and "legalize hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants now" without any immediate corresponding conservative policy like a border wall.
"Once the president agrees to let [illegal immigrants] jump to the head of the line... the [immigration] negotiation is over," Carlson said.
"What was the point of running for president?" he asked, adding that if Trump betrays his base on immigration, Democrats will retake the Congress and White House.
As I made very clear today, our country needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2018
He said that Trump's marquee campaign promise was an end to illegal immigration and that it was the single most important issue that separated him from Hillary Clinton.
"Say goodbye to borders, they are done," he said, if such a case comes to fruition.
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