MSNBC analyst Mark Halperin said Friday that President Donald Trump's dealings with Democrats will generate positive press coverage since it will "produce more liberal polices," which "a lot of people in the media like."
During a meeting at the Oval Office this week, Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) agreed on pursuing a deal to permanently remove the requirement that Congress repeatedly raise the debt ceiling, according to press reports.
"That's obviously a very unpopular idea to conservative Republicans," "Morning Joe" co-host Willie Geist said. "They want to have to raise the debt ceiling to control spending."
That news came on the heels of a deal struck between Trump, Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) on a short-term debt ceiling hike tied to Hurricane Harvey relief that left Republican leaders surprised.
Trump was delighted over the positive press coverage his dealmaking got; Axios reported he was "hate-watching" "Morning Joe" on Thursday, which departed from its normal sharp criticism to praise the deal.
Halperin said one thing to know about Trump is that he likes "good coverage" and predicted Trump would get more of it the more that he works with Democrats.
"This will get good coverage, if he works with Democrats, for as far as the eye can see," Halperin said. "It'll produce more liberal policies, which a lot of people in the media like. It produces a change in the storyline, which a lot of people like. The establishment media likes bipartisanship over ideology."
"Through Halloween, if the president works with Democrats and maybe beyond, he can get positive coverage, and he'll respond positively to that," Halperin added. "Republicans are going to have to figure out to deal with that, because they can't stop him from working with the Democrats."