Fox News host Tucker Carlson warned President Donald Trump that he would lose a lot of support from his base if he went through with what he promised on Tuesday in a meeting with Democrats and Republican on immigration.
Here's the video of Tucker Carlson's comments:
Here's what he said:
"It was a weird scene in Washington today," Carlson began. "President Trump, you'll remember, ran for office promising to fix immigration, make good deals and in general do a better job than the corrupt incompetent lawmakers he said were wrecking the country. And he was right, they were wrecking the country."
"And yet today in a remarkable twist, the president held a televised meeting with the very swamp creatures he once denounced," he explained. "He told them he trusted them to craft immigration policy without his input."
"Then he suggested he'd be willing to accept any deal they produce even a bad one," Carlson said, clearly displeased.
"At one point the president agreed with Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California that it would be wise to handle the question of DACA separately before negotiating any meaningful reform of our broken and dysfunctional immigration system," he added.
'Shocked' by what they saw
"Key allies very close to the president on immigration told us this afternoon they were shocked by what they saw in that meeting," Carlson continued. "It was a completely different Donald Trump from the one we watched on the campaign trail just two years ago."
"These are the same people the president now says he trusts to write the immigration bill," he added, "the one he'll sign no matter what it says."
"So what was the point of running for president?" Carlson asked rhetorically.
Carlson said that Trump was poised to give up his leverage on forcing the Democrats to end chain migration and the diversity lottery, and instead was giving them what they wanted without anything in return. He said that immigration was the big "payoff" of the entire presidency for many of his supporters.
"It's the big payoff, it's the whole point of the exercise, and they're not allowed to blow it," he concluded.
Carlson was not the only immigration hawk who was disappointed by what he saw from the president — Ann Coulter also excoriated the president, saying that he was close to betraying his greatest supporters on the issue that mattered the most to them.