The journalists at CBS This Morning on Thursday hyped a potential DACA deal between Donald Trump and Chuck Schumer as a “clean” plan in comparison to all the past “messy” GOP options. Co-host Charlie Rose touted the idea of geography being a good reason for a deal between the Democrat leader and the President: “Is he simply more comfortable with Chuck Schumer because they're both New Yorkers, one from Queens and one from Brooklyn?”
Journalist Nancy Cordes offered this explanation: “I think what it says is that the President likes to be able to not just cut deals, but cut quick deals and he's able to do that with Democrats. He knows that when Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer say that ‘we've got the vote for X, Y and Z' that they're going to be right.”
She added, “These deals with Democrats in comparison are relatively clean, and clearly the President likes that.”
So, if a firm GOP deal on, say, taxes, arises, conservatives should count on liberal journalists to jump on board because it’s ‘clean?’
A transcript of the segment is below:
CBS This Morning
8:09:55 to 8:12:55
CHARLIE ROSE: President Trump says no deal has been reached on restoring the DACA program for young immigrants and says the border wall will be built. But this morning, he also appeared to show support for Dreamers. He tweeted "Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really! They have in our country for many years through no fault of their own, brought in by parents at young age. Plus big border security."
GAYLE KING: Border security and DACA were on the agenda last night during the President's dinner with top Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. Afterward, the two released a statement saying "We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall." Nancy Cordes is on Capitol Hill to sort it out for us. Nancy, good morning. All right, I know that they apparently ate Chinese food, but what really happened about whether they agreed to any kind of deal?
NANCY CORDES: Well they paired it first of all with chocolate cream pie which seems a little unusual, but they hit all the bases, it does seem like they got some actual work done, because what you're hearing from both sides, albeit in slightly different ways is that they want to move forward quickly to address the legal status of these Dreamers and the obvious way to do it is to combine the DREAM Act with the border security funding that Republicans want, while excluding the border wall funding that is a non-starter for Democrats. But the President realizes that this is going to cause a lot of heartburn among his base and that's why he's also tweeting this morning that the wall will still get built.
ROSE: But there is this central question: Does this really represent a new beginning in relationships between Democrats in Congress and Republicans in Congress, but especially between Democrats and the President?
CORDES: I think what it says is that the President likes to be able to not just cut deals, but cut quick deals and he's able to do that with Democrats. He knows that when Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer say that ‘we've got the vote for X, Y and Z’ that they're going to be right. Whereas, it's a lot more messy when he's dealing with the Republican leaders who have a lot of factions within their rank and file, and who once they work something out with the White House need to say now we'll go back and we'll poll our members and see if they can get on board. So there's a lot of back and forth and as you saw with health care, for example, often it all falls apart. These deals with Democrats in comparison are relatively clean, and clearly the President likes that.
ROSE: Is he simply more comfortable with Chuck Schumer because they're both New Yorkers, one from Queens and one from Brooklyn?
CORDES: I think that helps. And I think that as one source put it last night, the president truly does have a soft spot for Dreamers and he does want to be able to do something about their legal status.