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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 08:06 AM

Comey Is the Bad Boyfriend Trump Can't Get Over

Trump wants Sessions to go after him. Clinton says without him, sheís in the White House. James Comey will haunt both of their dreams forever.

09.15.17 1:00 AM ET

The enemy of my enemy is my friend is as good a guide to relationships in tribal Washington as anything. But like so much else, that maxim is being shredded by President Donald Trump.

Look at Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. The two Democratic leaders were at the White House again last night, this visit including a plate of crispy beef and promises to save the Dreamers in exchange for ďmassive border security.Ē That didnít mean a spanking new wall but something more like renovations to the existing one. That brings to mind hotel developer Trump reviewing samples of flagstone, brick, and, perhaps, something in a colorful concrete to spruce up whatís there, not at all what his base, Steve Bannon, or hardliners in his own party had in mind. Ann Coulter is calling for his impeachment.

The visitors hardly had time to get hungry again after their Chinese meal before the White House sought to translate Trumpís evening with his enemies into something palatable to his friends. But Trump, on his way to Marine One the next morning for a trip to view hurricane damage in Florida, confirmed the important parts of the deal on the table as described by Democrats.

What a whirlwind: The wall, chanted loudly at every campaign rally, is crumbling. A week ago, Trumpís Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security were locked and loaded for deportation of Dreamers warning them to be packed and ready to leave. Today, heís green-lighting legislation that will remove fear of that forever.

He has good reason. He might get a win, something he badly needs, by dealing with the enemy. Only 12 percent of Americans want to deport Dreamers. Whatís more, he knows in his heart of hearts the wall will never be more than a metaphor for stemming illegal immigration. Itís a bargaining chip now.


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