The New York Times is trying to convince Trump that he is being betrayed by his staffers John Kelly and Stephen Miller:
A President Not Sure of What He Wants Complicates the Shutdown Impasse
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and MAGGIE HABERMAN JAN. 21, 2018
WASHINGTON — When President Trump mused last year about protecting immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, calling them “these incredible kids,” aides implored him privately to stop talking about them so sympathetically.
When he batted around the idea of granting them citizenship over a Chinese dinner at the White House last year with Democratic leaders, Mr. Trump’s advisers quickly drew up a list of hard-line demands to send to Capitol Hill that they said must be included in any such plan.
And twice over the past two weeks, Mr. Trump has privately told lawmakers he is eager to strike a deal to extend legal status to the so-called Dreamers, only to have his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, and senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller, make clear afterward that such a compromise was not really in the offing — unless it also included a host of stiffer immigration restrictions.
But, his favorite NYT reporter also can’t help herself from insulting Trump.
Trump doesn't really understand the finer points of immigration debate and doesn't care to learn the details. A bit difficult when you're president https://t.co/MYXH2pUmOf
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 22, 2018
Great strategy, NYT. The surest way to get Donald Trump to side with what you demand for the good of the Democratic Party electing a new electorate is to insult his intelligence.
Your strategy is foolproof! There’s nothing Trump like more than being played for a fool. What could possibly go wrong?