Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a staunch conservative who has strongly advocated for a strict immigration policy, said Thursday that President Trump appears to be keeping the campaign promises of his opponent and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in regards to immigration and border security.
“So I think something is going to have to get reversed here with this president’s policy or it will just blow up his base. I mean this was a straight-up promise all the way through his campaign,” King told CNN’s “New Day.”
King said he has “market-tested” Trump’s immigration policy over the last 14 years and has debated the issue across the early primary states.
“I don’t think it’s unclear to anybody what those campaign promises were, but it looks to me like he’s preparing to keep Hillary Clinton’s promise rather than his own.”
The Hill added:
King’s comments come after Trump met with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday night at the White House.
While Pelosi and Schumer after the meeting said they agreed to work towards a deal to protect young immigrants and to address border security, Trump noted in a tweet early Thursday that no deal had been reached yet on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.