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Is Trump Helping to Prop Up Nancy Pelosi With DACA Deal?

Many thought Pelosi was on her last leg, having endured a serious challenge for her leadership role. Now Pelosi critics are singing her praises.

First, President Trump invited Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Democratic leaders in the Senate and House respectively, to the White House to iron out a budget and debt ceiling deal.

Then Wednesday night, he invited them over once again, this time to discuss Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the policy that would allow children of illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S.

The Democrats put out a statement Wednesday night declaring an agreement had been struck with Trump that would allow so-called Dreamers the ability to stay in this country while beefing up border security. Democrats made sure to note that no border wall would be part of this agreement.

Trump pushed back on that report Thursday morning, but the praise was already rolling in for Pelosi.

“While she’s here in this leadership position, I think there’s no one better to do the job,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), who vocally pushed for a leadership change earlier this summer. “I think this is a good start.”

[M]ost lawmakers polled by POLITICO said they are enjoying the face time their leader is getting with the president.

“It’s the new bromance,” said Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), one of several House moderates who met with Trump Wednesday.

While giving oxygen to Pelosi was likely not the intention of Trump, author of “The Art of the Deal,” it’s the net result. Still, Republicans that Politico spoke to said they intend to stay the course on their 2018 midterm strategy by keeping Pelosi the focus of attack ads for Democrats across the country.