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It's Time for Trump to Give Prime Time Oval Office Address on Immigration

It's Time for Trump to Give Prime Time Oval Office Address on Immigration
President Donald Trump greets supporters after speaking during a campaign rally at the Amsoil Arena on June 20, 2018, in Duluth, Minnesota. Earlier President Trump signed an executive order to keep undocumented families together as outcry continued to grow over the policy of separating children from their parents when they're caught crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By Thursday, 21 June 2018 12:23 PM Current | Bio | Archive

President Trump’s seemed to be cruising along in the spring of 2018. In fact you could say he was on roll. Chief of Staff John Kelly had brought order and much needed discipline to the staff which in the president’s first year often seemed chaotic and was plagued with unforced errors. That scenario surrounded much of the president’s first year — but now seems to be a much rarer occurrence.

Of course the president and his team continue to deal with a White House Press Corps fixated with the “Russian Investigation” and many other issues that they deem harmful to the president’s tenure.

One only has to tune into the White House Press briefing to observe the hostility and rudeness exhibited by far too many members of press toward the Trump Presidency. Nothing is off limits — including petty and erroneous reports on the First Lady and White House press secretary’s pie baking skills. Still, the president seemed to be weathering the storm.

The tax cuts and the rollback in regulations had kicked in and America is experiencing an economic boom not seen since the Reagan Era.

Facts, as they say, don’t lie. Or as John Adams said so well, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

Record low unemployment, record low black unemployment, record low Hispanic employment, economic expansion, and a historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un all went well for the president.

The much ballyhooed blue wave (the Democratic takeover of the House) has been dissipating and Republicans were optimistic about keeping the majority in the House and picking up seats in the Senate.

Then the president ran into a political firestorm over illegal immigration — specifically children being separated from the parents after crossing America’s southern border illegally.

The Democrats, and their allies in the mainstream media, smelled blood and kicked into high gear. Anchors on MSNBC wept, the rhetoric intensified, phrases such as "internment camps" and references to Nazis became common place. The optics, the pictures, video and the response from the Trump White House were not good.

Bipartisan outrage ensued.

Sensing a political disaster, President Trump and his team did a tactical retreat and went to plan B. He issued an executive order that kept families together while their cases were being adjudicated.

Not satisfied, the Democrats immediately pivoted to “families can’t be held indefinitely” responses. For the “open borders” crowd this is a wedge issue and about votes, pure and simple.

This is a pivotal moment in the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. In the view of this writer — it's time to go over the heads of the elites and do a prime time Oval Office address.

He should outline the stakes — the threat to neighborhoods of gangs like MS-13, the cost of illegal immigration to the taxpayers — and discuss real, tangible solutions to the problems.

He needs to indicate that in September — if there is no money in the continuing budget resolution for the Border Wall — he will veto the budget and shut down the government if necessary.

The president needs to be as tough on the “swamp” as he is on the North Korean dictator.

His political base expects no less and, in political terms, it will be a base vote motivator in November.

Marc Rotterman worked on the national campaign for Reagan for president in 1980. He currently serves as senior fellow at the John Locke Foundation. He is the host of "Front Row" on UNC-TV and The NC Channel. Follow him on Twitter @FrontRowmarc. For more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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