Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer announced that they’ve reached an agreement with President Trump to address thewho were brought to the U.S. as children under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
Notably, the leading Democrats said they agreed to finalize a package, “excluding the wall.”
“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 two leaders said in a joint statement after their dinner with Mr. Trump on Wednesday evening.
But the White House 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 administrationearlier 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.”
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.