On Tuesday, President Trump met with a group of Congressional leaders at the White House to discuss DACA amnesty and immigration. Trump’s performance was a confusing stream of contradictions. Those who say they heard the President insist that a border wall and ending chain migration must be part of any DACA deal are right. He did say that. Those who say they heard the President say that he will sign any deal that the group comes up with, whether it includes funding for a wall and ends chain migration or not, are right as well. He said that too.
So, what are we to make of this confusing spectacle? Has the President changed his position on immigration and amnesty or not? I don’t know, and it probably wouldn’t matter if I did. That all happened on Tuesday. Today is Wednesday. There is no guarantee that anything said yesterday is still operative. And tomorrow? That is so far off in the distant furture that it is hardly worth discussing.
Here is what I do know. Amid the contradictions, which flew about the room like spittle on Chris Matthews’ show, a reporter specifically asked Trump whether his positions have changed. Here is the exact exchange:
Reporter: “It seems to me not much has actually changed here in terms of your position.”
President Trump: “No, I think it’s changed. I think my positions are going to be whatever the people in this room come up with.”
So, have Trump’s positions changed? He seems to thinks so. But then again, that was yesterday.