Conservative allies of President Donald Trump have voiced outrage over his reported deal with Democratic lawmakers that would preserve protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients without securing funding for a proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
On Sept. 13, Democratic leaders announced that Trump had agreed to a legislative package that would shield undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, also known as Dreamers, from deportation in exchange for stricter border security.
"We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that's acceptable to both sides," said Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California in a statement, according to Axios.
On Sept. 14, Trump asserted that he had not agreed to a deal but confirmed that negotiations were ongoing.
"We're working on a plan for DACA," Trump told reporters while surveying hurricane damage in Florida, according to WITI. "People want to see that happen. I think we're fairly close but we have to get massive border security."
The president added that funding for his proposed border wall could be addressed "later."
News of the DACA deal was not well-received by prominent Trump supporters in Congress and the media.
"Exactly what [Donald Trump] campaigned on," tweeted out conservative radio show host Laura Ingraham. "Not."
"You put your money down on a horse, sometimes he doesn't win, place or show," conservative writer Ann Coulter told The Daily Beast.
"This is a betrayal of the highest order," an editor of the conservative website Breitbart who requested anonymity told The Washington Post. "Donald Trump should be ashamed of himself. He wasn't elected to do this."
Fox News host Sean Hannity asserted in a tweet that the deal was "political suicide."
GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa tweeted that the potential deal meant that Trump's base "is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair."
"The reality is sinking in that the Trump administration is on the precipice of turning into an establishment presidency," said Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign adviser.
Some Republicans were outraged that Trump would even negotiate with Pelosi and Schumer.
"Republicans have spent so much time and money targeting Nancy Pelosi as the enemy over the last few cycles, the idea that you're now going do a deal with her has to rub people the wrong way," GOP consultant Russ Schriefer told The New York Times. "Doesn't it hurt all these Republican congressmen who want to use her as the liberal foil in their campaigns?"
Meanwhile, GOP consultant Rick Wilson, a staunch Trump critic, took to social media to tweet, "The Wall was always a lie, suckers."