President Obama has been getting flak from both sides for his decision not to go to the U.S.-Mexican border during his Texas visit. Some Democrats and MSNBC hosts aren’t happy with the president over this, and Chuck Todd explained today why the White House is standing firm: they didn’t want to succumb to political bullying.
Todd explained, “This White House gets a little stubborn. They don’t like to be bullied into a decision based on politics.”
He said they ended up compromising by agreeing to have Obama meet with Rick Perry and participating in an immigration round table, which allowed them to stand firm while still showing concern about the issue at hand.
“They can say they went to Texas, they talked about immigration, they had an important meeting with the governor down there who’s dealing with this, but then they were still able to stand their ground and say, ‘Hey, we didn’t get bullied in going to the border.'”
In other words, they wanted to make clear they care about the issue, but don’t think a photo op would make a lick of difference.
Watch the video below, via MSNBC:
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