MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough blamed Republican legislative failures for President Donald Trump’s willingness to work with minority Democrats.
The president denied reports that a deal had been reached on Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, but he left out GOP lawmakers when he dined Wednesday night with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — a week after Trump gloated over positive news coverage of their budget agreement.
“You call it legislating, you call it governing — you also call it momentum,” Scarborough said. “Nothing succeeds like success. He’s getting things done and, guess what — memo to Republicans on Capitol Hill — he’s getting things done because he’s not talking to you.”
The “Morning Joe” host said the Republicans have had eight months to take advantage of their majority, and Trump’s apparent willingness to sign anything they pass, but they’ve been unable to press their agenda.
“This is the Republican Party’s own fault, the entire Republican Party’s own fault, because they’re the gang that can’t shoot straight,” Scarborough said. “They own Washington, D.C., and they have been the ‘do nothing’ Congress because they can’t — they don’t even need the president. They can pass legislation and put it on his desk. They’re incapable of doing that after promising seven years of power, and these are automatic things we’re going to do for you. They can’t do anything.”
Immigration hardliners — including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House adviser Stephen Miller — are certain to be unhappy if Congress gives younger undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship with Trump’s blessing, but Scarborough said that policy enjoys broad support.
“If you are Donald Trump and you want to get things done by the end of your first year, right now, unfortunately for Republicans, he can’t deal with you,” Scarborough said. “He’s got to deal with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer — they have the votes to get it done. Also, they are smart enough, in this case, to be where 90 percent of Americans are and not where 10 percent of Americans are.”