Chris Coons: Trump ‘Has To Be Willing to Compromise’ on the ‘Hard Edge Positions’ He Took
COONS: "Well, Wolf, I think Donald Trump has proven that he knows how to campaign, but it’s not yet clear if he knows how to govern. If he lays out an optimistic bold speech tonight in which he is willing to compromise on some key issues, immigration being one of them, I think we might begin to make progress here. But he would have to be willing to compromise on some of the very hard edge positions he took in the course of the campaign. Ten senators were invited to the White House two weeks ago for lunchtime meeting with the president. I was a participant in that lunch. This issue was discussed. Whether or not it is possible to bridge the very big divide between Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric, which was very anti-immigrant, and the bipartisan bill that 68 of us worked so hard to hammer out here in the Senate and the last Congress, I remain hopeful. I think we have to remain willing to hear the details. But it would require a big shift from the president’s campaign rhetoric for us to be able to come to some bipartisan compromise."