On Tuesday, after President Trump held his meeting on immigration, specifically regarding the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program (DACA), with Congressional leaders and ceded leadership on the issue to them, syndicated radio host Mark Levin blasted Trump for his statements, calling it a “complete surrender.”
Levin began by noting that even the man he reveres, President Ronald Reagan, had taken a misstep on immigration. He stated, “Look, amnesty was Reagan's biggest mistake. Biggest mistake. It's time to speak out folks. It's time to speak out. Here's President Trump at the White House today.”
Levin then played a clip of Trump at the meeting, saying:
And, Chuck, I will say, when this group comes back -- hopefully with an agreement -- this group and others from the Senate, from the House, comes back with an agreement, I'm signing it. I mean, I will be signing it. I'm not going to say, "Oh, gee, I want this or I want that." I'll be signing it, because I have a lot of confidence in the people in this room that they're going to come up with something really good.
That's no Art of the Deal, that's complete surrender. Now I suspect the president will realize that and try to talk some of that back, but that is very bad. And he did it in front of the media, he did it in front of the Democrats, the whole world heard it. Just give me something and I'll sign it. Are you kidding me? That's what he said. I didn't say it. That's what the president said.
Last September, Levin went nuclear regarding DACA, saying it was “lawless, through and through,” adding that Barack Obama’s executive order was “one of the most brazen acts of lawlessness undermining the Constitution in modern American history ... Congress has the power to establish immigration laws. Not the president. Not the courts."