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Chuck and Nancy Gambled on Strong-Arming Trump on Immigration. They May Have Lost.

The Democratic leaders jumped the gun in September with a statement claiming President Trump agreed to a DACA deal without funding for Trump’s wall. Trump hit back on Monday.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer

President Trump released a set of “Immigration Principles & Policies” on Sunday that emphasizes border security, and Trump’s border wall, above all in any deal to codify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections into law.

The document is a blow to Democratic leaders in Congress – in particular, “Chuck and Nancy” – who may have hurt their negotiating position when they pre-empted Trump in September with an announcement about their immigration meeting with him.

As NTK Network noted, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) jumped Trump in September with a statement saying Trump had agreed to a deal to protect DREAMers without funding for his border wall.

Trump responded in a big way with his “Principles & Policies” paper this month, putting the border wall front and center.

Chuck and Nancy were not happy. From Fox News:

“This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement, after the administration announced the demands Sunday night.

…“The administration can’t be serious about compromise,” Pelosi, of California, and Schumer, of New York, also said in their Sunday night statement. “We told the president at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures … but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable.”

But after a brazen statement following their immigration meeting with Trump in September, Chuck and Nancy may have brought their recent failure on themselves.