It seems like ages ago, but it was just last month when Donald Trump hosted immigration talks at the White House and shared his vision for the road ahead. In fact, the president surprised many by saying he'd sign a bipartisan agreement -- no matter what's in it.
"I'm not going to say, 'Oh, gee, I want this or I want that.' I'll be signing it," Trump said. He added that if lawmakers negotiate a policy "with things that I'm not in love with," he'd embrace it anyway.
Someone apparently changed his mind.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged senators to vote against any immigration proposal other than his own plan, courting a showdown with Republican and Democratic senators who oppose the White House's desire to curb family-based migration and would like to cut a narrower deal. [...]
Mr. Trump's stance amounted to a demand that the Senate significantly cut legal immigration as part of any legislation.
That Wall Street Journal report coincided with a Politico article that said the president has urged lawmakers to reject any proposal "that does not mirror his own."
The timing of Trump's posture was especially important because a bipartisan group of senators, calling themselves the "Common Sense Caucus," unveiled another bipartisan package last night that gives the White House much of it wants.
No matter. The Washington Post reported, "In an interview late Wednesday, a senior administration official denounced the bipartisan bill, calling it a 'giant amnesty' that did nothing to secure the border, and vowed the White House would strongly lobby against it Thursday."
The article quoted the senior administration official saying, "We're doing everything in our power" to block the bipartisan bill.
For those keeping score, Trump -- who, a month ago, said he'd sign practically anything put in front of him -- has now rejected (1) the Graham-Durbin bipartisan agreement; (2) the McCain-Coons bipartisan agreement; (3) the bipartisan agreement Trump negotiated with Democratic leaders last fall; (4) the bipartisan framework Trump negotiated with Chuck Schumer last month; (5) the Gardner-Bennet bipartisan agreement; (6) and the Common Sense Caucus' bipartisan agreement.
The president has, however, endorsed a Republican plan that would give him everything he's asked for without exception.