Top Democrats, Senator Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, announced a deal on Wednesday evening that they had made a deal with President Trump. Much to the dismay of grassroots conservatives, the agreement was to grant DACA amnesty, however no provisions for building of funding a border wall will be allowed in the deal.
However, after the Democratic leader’s statement was released, the White House quickly responded by insisting that – in fact – no such deal was actually made which precludes the building of a border wall. The announcements all happened in rapid succession after Pelosi and Schumer met with Trump for a “working dinner,” in which they discussed DACA and the future of ObamaCare.
Pelosi and Schumer’s joint statement noted that, “We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the President. The discussion focused on DACA. 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.”
In response, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that the topics of discussion were, “tax reform, border security, DACA, infrastructure and trade,” she vehemently denied that the Wall was off the table. “While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,” said Sanders, noting that the promise to build the wall was a cornerstone of Trump’s campaign and subsequent election success.
If confirmed, the deal would be the second time that Trump has gone across the aisle to make substantial deals with the Democrats – with the first deal being Trump’s acceptance of the Democrat’s 3-month debt ceiling extension plan over the Republican 18-month plan. On both these deals, Trump faced strong opposition from his party, from Republican leadership in the first case and from the conservative grass roots in this most recent deal.
But, in a move that has greatly confused matters, Trump took to Twitter yesterday to explain his thoughts on DACA amnesty – in light of his recent dinner meeting with Democratic leadership. In quick succession, the President tweeted, “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!…..” And, soon after that, Trump completed the thought, Tweeting out, “…They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security.”
Trump came into office, and successfully campaigned on his renown abilities, as one of the world’s greatest living deal makers – so, we may have to see what comes out of this strange and confusing negotiation stage between the President and Democratic leaders.