Just hours after the President’s dinner with Democratic leaders, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Trump explained the talks from his perspective.
In a series of tweets, the president asked his followers if anyone really wants to throw out dreamers who are “good educated and accomplished young people.”
The Twitter sequence started with Trump asserting that no final deal was made on DACA at the dinner.
The President denied that he was able to reach an agreement, which is contrary to what the leaders of the Democratic Party said following the dinner. Pelosi and Schumer made a joint statement Wednesday evening indicating an agreement had been reached on DACA reform, and that Congress would work out a bipartisan border security package quickly. The pair also alleged that the package would exclude funding for the border wall.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders immediately disavowed Schumer and Pelosi’s statement by tweeting that “excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to.”
Pelosi and Schumer did not respond to Sanders, but Schumer’s Communications Director Matt House did, tweeting that Trump had made it clear the wall was a priority, but not for the DACA legislation package.
Trump then took it into his own hands, responding early Thursday morning with a series of tweets about the bipartisan dinner. However, the President made it clear that without incorporation of his “WALL,” there would be no immigration reform deal. The President also denied that there was ever an agreement on a legislative package at Wednesday night’s dinner.
This confusion between party messaging comes at a time where the President has been vocal about trying to see more bipartisan support. On Wednesday, Trump said that he’s hoping to work more with Democrats to set aside differences and find common ground.
“If you look at some of the greatest legislation ever passed, it was done in a bipartisan manner. And so that’s why we’re going to give it a shot,” Trump said Wednesday before the dinner.