Trump holds his base close despite meetings with Dems

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  • Trump met with Democrats to talk immigration
  • But continued equivocal rhetoric on Charlottesville violence
Trump seized on a new terror attack in London to fire off criticisms of “loser” terrorists, earning a rebuke from UK police. While it is still unclear whether the attack was by Islamic extremists, he jumped on it anyway to tout his controversial travel ban on citizens of selected Muslim majority nations.

The President also hit ESPN, which has refused to sack an anchor after she called the President a white extremist on Twitter. And he rushed to assure his supporters that “chain migration” will not be part of any deal that could shield 800,000 young undocumented immigrations from deportation.

Within the space of a few hours, Trump hit the sweetest spots of the 2016 campaign that overturned every rule of modern politics — on immigration, Islamic terrorism and a disdain for political correctness.

“Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!” Trump wrote in one of the tweets — in which he was either shooting from the hip with little information or may have been divulging secret intelligence about the identity of the attack that British officials have yet to share.

It could be that the President felt the need to show his flamboyant, controversial approach to politics again after triggering an explosion from celebrity conservative commentators by huddling with Democrats in a bid to replace the the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that he canceled earlier this month — in a manner that suggests he is about to dump a campaign promise to kick out so-called Dreamers.

But his Twitter blasts, and a string of encounters with reporters Thursday, in which he revived the controversy over his response to neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, were also a reminder of the gargantuan, ungovernable political persona that made Trump so beloved of his base in…

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