At THE HILL by Jonathan Swan --
Donald Trump’s right-wing allies are keeping him on a tight leash when it comes to his signature campaign issue of immigration.
has softened some of his campaign rhetoric since winning the White
House race, but conservatives have largely stayed quiet as the
president-elect has flirted with Democrats, discussed keeping parts of
ObamaCare and rethought the use of waterboarding.
On Monday, Trump met with former Vice President Al Gore,
the world’s most renowned advocate for policies that fight climate
change, and senior transition team adviser Anthony Scaramucci told a
Washington audience that the president-elect is not looking to rip up
the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Conservative leaders who support Trump have praised him for his pragmatism, saying bipartisan deals can be good for the country.
even bit their tongues, for the most part, when Trump offered subsidies
to the cooling and heating company Carrier to keep jobs in Indiana — a
move that looked to many fiscal conservatives like crony capitalism.
But when it comes to immigration, the flexibility ends.