Lou Dobbs is concerned about the “peculiar” advice President Trump is getting with the 2020 election looming.
The Fox Business host discussed the latest stance from the administration on illegal immigration, the border wall, and gun control issues, expressing his concerns that someone is advising the president in a way that is “antithetical to his interest” and to his supporters.
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The host of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” spoke to his panel Monday about the Senate considering new legislation on visas and highlighted comments from White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on gun control measures like background checks.
“The president is making clear he wants more legal immigrants in the country, the Senate looking at Senate Bill 386 that is oriented toward visa holders, wants to double the H-1B visas in this country, which is effectively outsourcing American jobs,” Dobbs exclaimed, referring to the bill aimed at eliminating work-related visa caps and the temporary, employment-based visa.
Dobbs then cited Conway’s recent remarks in which “effectively she said all of this is basically negotiable with the Republicans. She thinks a deal can be done on illegal immigration and on guns.”
In speaking on gun reform measures, Conway told Fox News that Republicans’ concerns are “all reconcilable.”
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“Sure, throw it all in together,” GOP strategist Ed Rollins remarked.
“If you’re gonna give everything up to the Democrats, might as well do it all at one time, because that’s, in essence, what this strategy would be,” he said, adding that the president “needs to be consistent” with promises and comments he has previously made on the major issues.
“His base is expecting a wall. Expecting illegal immigration to be stopped,” Dobbs said.
“Instead, immigration year-over-year is rising significantly. We’ve got four times the number of families being apprehended at the border. This is not going well,” the outspoken Trump supporter added.
“And I absolutely believe this is a historic president, that this man is doing things that were unimaginable even 10 years ago which he is achieving,” Dobbs asserted. “But my God. November 2020 is nearing at an alarming rate. Somebody’s advising him in the most peculiar — and I think antithetical to his interest — manner.”
“Well it’s certainly not looking to the promises he’s made to the base over the years,” Rollins agreed. “That base is very, very important to get it energized again, again and again.”
Rollins noted that “this is going to be a very close election no matter who the Democrats nominate,” and that Trump has to “live up to” every promise he has made to his supporters.
Dobbs pointed to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign strategy of appealing to the “working man and woman” in the country and that it appears to be “resonating” with voters.
New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin noted that if former Vice President Joe Biden does not score the Democratic nomination, Warren will be “the next up.” Rollins agreed, saying Warren is a “very credible candidate.”
But Dobbs again expressed his concerns over Trump’s advisers steering him in the wrong direction.
“If this president forgets who his base is and listens to some of these folks advising him on illegal immigration, the wall, and gun control, and jobs, and visas, and the American worker,” he concluded, “it’s gonna be a dandy of an election.”
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