Facing mutiny among Republicans, Trump insisted that nothing is final yet, his priorities remain intact, and GOP leaders are part of the talks. "We're fairly close" to a deal that would address DACA and also include "massive border security," Trump told reporters as he headed to Florida to inspect damage from Hurricane Irma. He added that House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are "very much on board" and that public opinion is with him. "Look," he said, "92 percent of the people agree on DACA, but what we want is very, very powerful border security, OK?" That wasn't good enough for critics. Breitbart News, run by Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon, labeled him "Amnesty Don" and the #AmnestyDon hashtag erupted on Twitter. Asked as he boarded Air Force One whether he favors "amnesty," Trump shouted back: "The word is DACA." Congressman Steve King (R-IA) joined the Todd Starnes Show today to discuss President Trump's immigration pivot and why he will no longer defend the President if he doesn't eliminate DACA.
Rep. King on if he stands by a tweet he wrote about President Trump making a deal with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to protect young immigrants:
Yes I do, Todd. If that story is credible, and I know the President has issued a couple statements to mitigate this to a degree, but the Trump base is built on the immigration issue, and I'm one of the people in America that just has the history throughout that I know that. The Trump loyalists cannot stay loyal to him if he's not loyal to them on his immigration policies, and I think if the base leaves him, they no longer can defend him and if that happens, the numbers that aren't so great get far worse and he's got no core left.
Listen to the full interview below: