Appearing with guest host Katy Tur on MSNBC’s Meet the Press Daily, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) held out little hope a DACA deal could be worked with Donald Trump due to the president’s racist inclinations.
Highlighting Trump’s Twitter complaint that Democrats refuse to work with him, with the president tweeting, “DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military,” Tur began, “Does the president want to close the deal?”
“His base wants to compromise with the Democrats who are calling him racist on a deal that will grant amnesty to 700,000 illegal immigrants,” Tur continued. “What about Democrats? Do they want to close the deal? Will their base want to compromise with someone they think is a racist, in a deal that will help him build a wall.”
Turning to her guest, Tur asked the New York lawmaker if “the Democrats should walk away from a deal with the president.”
“I think the president already walked away from the deal,” Meeks exclaimed before mocking Trump’s 55-minute televised meeting with lawmakers as a “TV show.”
“It was a bipartisan deal by both Democrats and Republicans, as I understand it,” the lawmaker continued. “The president had said — when he had his television show — that whatever they did in a bipartisan manner, he would sign it. They came to him with a bipartisan bill and he rejected it. So for the president to say the Democrats have rejected something is inaccurate. He is lying again. The fact of the matter is he rejected a bipartisan deal that was struck in a bipartisan manner.”
“Is there any deal that you could make with president when you have called him a racist?” Tur asked.
“Well, you know, we’re getting close to that point, because now I’ve got a vote of conscience,” he replied. “What his statements that he made clearly show is that he wants to make America not great, but want to make America just white, by his remarks talking about Norway and getting rid of diversity visas and not explaining or lying about what a visa diversity is.”
“So if that is his motivation, if the president’s motivation is to make sure that you’re locking out people of color, poor people and the needy, there there is no deal to be had,” he insisted. “And talking about the deal, with reference to the [Mexico/U.S.] fence, if the president wasn’t lying, then what are we worrying about, because he said the Mexicans are paying for it so he shouldn’t come to the American people for the money.”
Asked if the Democrats would allow the government to be shut down due to impasse over immigration negotiations, the New York lawmaker laid all the blame on the president.
“The Democrats are not trying to shut down the government,” he shot back. “It is clearly the president. The president already had an opportunity to make sure that we could work collectively together. If the president thinks he will have all of his way, and just do it the way he wants to do it, then he, in fact, wants to shut down the government.”
“So I won’t allow hum to flip it and say the Democrats are shutting down the government. It is the president who is shutting it down,” he said with finality.
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