Politics Trump denies making deal with Pelosi, Schumer on DACA

13:55  14 september  2017
13:55  14 september  2017 Source:   cbsnews.com

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President Trump on Thursday denied reports that he struck a " deal " overnight with top Democrats to protect so-called “Dreamers,” while insisting “massive border "No deal was made last night on DACA . Pelosi and Schumer called Wednesday night's dinner at the White House “very productive."

The White House said Wednesday that reports President Donald Trump had reached a deal with Democratic leaders to pass legislation to protect the DACA recipients were exaggerated. Wednesday evening House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) released

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (2nd L), U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (2nd R), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (R) and other congressional leaders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2017.: FILE PHOTO: Trump meets Congressional leaders in Washington© Kevin Lamarque / REUTERS FILE PHOTO: Trump meets Congressional leaders in Washington

President Trump denied that his dinner with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer had resulted in a deal that would address the fate of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

"No deal was made last night on DACA," he tweeted early Thursday morning.

But on Wednesday night, the two leaders had announced that they had they had agreed to a law that would protect DACA recipients, and that the law would also include border security, "excluding the wall."

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) released a joint statement Wednesday saying they had reached an agreement with On Twitter Thursday morning, Trump denied reaching an agreement. "No deal was made last night on DACA .

“No deal was made last night on DACA ,” Trump said in an early morning tweet. In their statement, Schumer and Pelosi said: “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.”

"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," they said in a joint statement after their dinner with Mr. Trump.

The White House, however, did not mention any such deal excluding a border wall in its account from an anonymous official, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed the Democrats' version of events. The Trump administration announced the end of DACA earlier this month, and Mr. Trump has given Congress six months to act.

"President Donald Trump had a constructive working dinner with Senate and House Minority Leaders, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi as well as administration officials to discuss policy and legislative priorities," a White House official said in a statement. "These topics included tax reform, border security, DACA, infrastructure and trade. This is a positive step toward the president's strong commitment to bipartisan solutions for the issues most important to all Americans. The administration looks forward to continuing these conversations with leadership on both sides of the aisle."

Trump to dine with Schumer and Pelosi, talk DACA

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“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,” President Trump tweeted. Democrat leaders Pelosi and Schumer called Wednesday night’s dinner at the White House “very productive.”

On Thursday night, Schumer and Pelosi released a joint statement about their meeting with Trump , saying, “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.” The White House denied the deal

Sanders tweeted that, "excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to" when the Democrats' statement emerged.

Matt House, communications director for Schumer, tweeted that Mr. Trump was clear he still wants a wall — he just said he won't require wall funding to be tethered to Dreamers.

But, contrary to the White House's account, several moderates who met with the president earlier in the day said Mr. Trump had been talking about an immigration deal without border wall funding, CBS News' Walt Cronkite reports.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon, Rep. Tom Reed, R-New York, and Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, told CBSN the basic parameters of the president's immigration deal with include provisions similar to the Dream Act, and include increased funding for border security, but not for a wall, which the president would pursue separately. The president was in favor of skills-based immigration vetting, and particularly a bill Sen Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, and Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, have introduced, although Democrats pushed back on that concept somewhat.

Trump, top Democrats agree to work on deal to save DACA

  Trump, top Democrats agree to work on deal to save DACA The president discussed the deal during a dinner with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The meal included Chinese food and chocolate pie.Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The Washington PostIn a statement, the White House described the meeting as “constructive” and that it focused on “tax reform, border security, DACA, infrastructure and trade.”“The Administration looks forward to continuing these conversations with leadership on both sides of the aisle,” the statement added.

President Trump denied that his dinner with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer had resulted in a deal that would address the fate of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children "No deal was made last night on DACA ," he tweeted early Thursday morning.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer caused mass confusion when they claimed President Trump had made concessions on a DACA fix while giving up on the border wall. Meanwhile, President Trump denied a DACA deal had been reached.

"The president also, did say also that the wall can … doesn't necessarily have to be with DACA, it can be somewhere else so he'll give that a shot somewhere else but to tie it in, I think we are all on the same page that we are not going to tie the wall to DACA," Cuellar said.

Mr. Trump's seeming deal with Democrats comes after he sided with Democrats over his own party on a debt limit extension last week, shocking Republican leaders and even some in his own White House staff. The president's conversations with Democrats, along with his clearly expressed frustration with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, seem to indicate he will continue pursuing Democrats to get things done in the future.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a staunch conservative, called the president's purported DACA deal with Democrats, "Unbelievable."

Meanwhile, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, who has parted ways with the president on a handful of issues lately, praised the reported agreement.

Trump Contradicts Democrats, Says No Deal on ‘Dreamers’ Has Been Made

  Trump Contradicts Democrats, Says No Deal on ‘Dreamers’ Has Been Made President Trump said there would need to be a larger agreement on border security for any deal on young undocumented immigrants.“No deal was made last night on DACA,” Mr. Trump said.

Early Thursday morning President Trump denied that his dinner with Pelosi and Schumer had resulted in a deal that would address the fate of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children under "No deal was made last night on DACA ," he tweeted early Thursday morning.

Wednesday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer , and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said a deal was made on protecting younger immigrants from deportation As for the wall, the White House quickly denied the suggestion that Trump 's long-sought border was put in peril at the meeting.

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Gottheimer, co-chairman of the Problem Solvers Coalition, also told CBS News Mr. Trump asked the coalition to form a bipartisan commission on tax reform and infrastructure, and asked them to work on those issues with Gary Cohn, the president's top economic adviser.

Schumer and Pelosi said they also talked with Mr. Trump about stabilizing health care markets, with Republicans unable to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, as Mr. Trump had pledged to do.

"We also urged the president to make permanent the cost-sharing reduction payments, and those discussions will continue," the Pelosi-Schumer statement said.

CBS News' Nancy Cordes contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. Please check back for latest updates.

Democratic lawmakers arrested outside Trump Tower for DACA protest .
Three Hispanic House Democrats were arrested outside Trump Tower on Tuesday during a protest to demand action on shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation.Democratic Reps. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.), Ra l Grijalva (Ariz.) and Adrian o Espaillat (N.Y.) were all arrested while rallying outside Trump's Manhattan residence with advocacy groups, aides confirmed. The lawmakers and advocacy groups are pressing Trump to work with Congress to pass a "clean" version of the DREAM Act granting undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.

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