President Donald Trump may find his “inner Democrat” if Democrats take control of the House in the midterm elections, longtime friend Christopher Ruddy believes.
Ruddy, a Trump confidant for 20 years, is the CEO of the Newsmax news, a conservative-leaning website. He made the comments in a report by the Financial Times on Friday.
Trump will work more with Democrats in the future, Ruddy predicted.
“People think [Trump] is ideologically rigid, but he’s really not. He was a Democrat until quite recently,” Ruddy said. “There’s a lot he agrees with them about.”
“If the Democrats win the House, Trump might find more of his inner Democrat,” he added.
What about immigration policy?
Ruddy said he believes Trump has become more practical since he first took office. He also predicted Trump will make compromise on his former hard-line stance on immigration, leading to a deal for immigrants who came to this country illegally as children, according to reports.
Trump has imposed a March 5 deadline for lawmakers to pass legislation for an alternative to Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Ruddy criticized White House Chief John Kelly’s statement that some immigrants are “lazy.”
“These people aren’t lazy. They work 10 hours a day at $5 an hour to feed their families,” Ruddy told the Financial Times.
A White House proposal would provide a DACA solution in exchange for $25 billion in border security, along with tougher immigration enforcement and more limits for legal immigration. Last month the Senate rejected legislation based on that plan.
Trump has said he would work with Democrats on certain issue, including gun legislation. The president stunned Republicans this week after he said he could support some of the gun control proposals being put forth by Democrats.
The proposals include raising the age for buying firearms and confiscating guns from people who are categorized as dangerous.
If Democrats take back control of the House in 2018, they will need to win 24 seats, The Hill reported.