The group on “Morning Joe” Thursday weren’t quite sure what to think about President Donald Trump’s deal with Congressional Democrats Wednesday that provides aid for Hurricane Harvey aftermath and will help fund the government.
Host Joe Scarborough remained skeptical. “This all assumes that Donald Trump’s pivot is going to last longer than 12 hours,” he said. “I’m sure he’ll watch ‘Fox & Friends’ this morning and tweet, and destroy any gains that he made yesterday afternoon because they’ll be attacking him on ‘Fox & Friends’ probably.”
“I guarantee you most Americans like the fact that Washington actually got something done yesterday,” Scarborough said to contributor Mark Halperin.
“NBC shouldn’t pay me today, because I have no idea what this means,” Halperin said. “It’s one of the strangest things I’ve seen, not just from Donald Trump but for any president.”
“I agree, Joe, that in the short term having a debt ceiling crisis, dealing with the disaster relief, I agree that’s a short term thing of governing that a lot of people like,” he continued, also skeptical of what Trump’s move to work with Democrats might mean for the future.
“But come December, which is not that far away, if the president has to make a deal on DACA; if the president has to make a deal on funding the Affordable Care Act; if Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi decide to start making more demands; if all this deal crowds out the possibility of tax reform — I’m not sure politically or substantively come January, the president’s going to be in a particularly strong position,” Halperin said.
“If he sees this through, then yes, [Trump] would love to sign DACA and be able to do something Barack Obama couldn’t do,” Scarborough said.