Trump is acting like ‘an American president’ explained Rep. Mike Kelly, a Pennsylvania Republican, about President Donald Trump’s meeting this week with Democratic leaders over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, showing that the Commander-in-Chief is acting as a nonpartisan president capable of advancing his campaign agenda.

"What he is . . . is an American president. He's not a Republican president. He's certainly not a Democrat president," said Kelly. "I think the American people, they like the idea that here's a president who doesn't hunker down and say, 'Listen, unless it's pure Republican I'm not there, unless it's pure Democrat, I'm not there, if it's not real liberal, I'm not there, if it's not real conservative, I'm not there," Kelly said.

"I think we have a president that right now says, 'Let's make sure it's real American. Let's make sure we're handling all the concerns the American people have," the congressman said.

On Wednesday evening, Trump met with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to discuss immigration matters. Media reports suggest that Trump is thus moving closer to a deal with Democrats that preserve 800,000 so-called DREAMers -- illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors -- from deportation.

Trump subsequently said that there was no “deal” with the Democrats, while Speaker Paul Ryan described the meeting as "a discussion, not an agreement or a negotiation."

Nevertheless, both Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), according to Trump, are "very much on board" with plans to make the DACA program. Trump later said that he is not seeking "citizenship" or "amnesty" for the DREAMers, but he is "looking at allowing people to stay here. We are working with everybody." But he added, "If we don't have the wall, we are doing nothing." On Thursday, he reporters as he departed the White House for Florida that "the wall will come later."



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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