President Trump has disputed the claim by top Democrats that he came to a deal which would grant protection to young immigrants and exclude the Wall from his border security plans.
President Trump invited Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) to a “working dinner” at the White House on Wednesday.
According to the two Democrats, they had a “very productive meeting” which involved discussing legislation that would protect immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Schumer and Pelosi released a joint statement after the meeting which claimed the President 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.”
“We also urged the President to make permanent the cost-sharing reduction payments, and those discussions will continue,” the pair added.
This claim, however, was contradicted by the President who said on Thursday morning via Twitter that no deal had been made in the meeting.
No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
The claim made by the Democrats was also refuted by White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 14, 2017
President Trump also met with Schumer and Pelosi for a meeting last week, which led to outrage from Republicans. During the meeting, the President agreed to extend the debt limit and fund the government until December 15.
“I think it’s pretty disingenuous for people to say he’s only meeting with Democrats,” said Huckabee Sanders, referring to the meeting. “The President is the leader of the Republican Party and was elected by Republicans. And so the idea that the Republican Party ideas are not represented in that room is just ridiculous.”
Whether it is true or not, many Republicans and Trump supporters have been vocal about their disapproval of the alleged deal.
Well Mitch GREAT JOB! You failed so miserably with Healthcare and "excessive expectations" now @POTUS has to deal with Dem Leaders!
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) September 14, 2017
"BUILD THE WALL! BUILD THE WALL!"…or…maybe…not really.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 14, 2017
If he does not build the wall, he simply will not get reelected. If he does build it, he will win 2020 by a landslide. It is that simple. https://t.co/HWVKC8MFtu
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 14, 2017
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) September 14, 2017
— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) September 14, 2017
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