McCarthy: Dems’ Attempts To Spin Messaging On DACA Deal Is ‘Not Healthy’

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Daily Caller News Foundation logo
Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
Font Size:

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Democratic leadership shouldn’t have used the media to spread the allegedly false narrative they struck a deal with President Donald Trump to protect “Dreamers” while pushing back plans to move ahead with the border wall.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement following their meeting at the White House Wednesday, asserting they came to an agreement with the president to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Trump took to social media Thursday morning to rebuff their remarks, tweeting: “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.”

McCarthy argued the two top congressional Democrats’ attempts to control the messaging on the discussion wasn’t productive in helping the parties find bipartisan solutions.

“It’s interesting how one side runs out and tries to frame what was said in there and then he [Trump] has to go on and clarify — that’s not healthy,” he told reporters Thursday.

The California Republican said they could learn from the working relationship between former President Ronald Reagan and former Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill on how negotiations should be conducted. He added it’s important for Trump to build a camaraderie with members across the aisle.

“You don’t talk outside, you build the trust within on whatever you’re talking about — you don’t use the press to spin one way or try to box somebody in and say that they said something they didn’t — it’s a real challenge,” McCarthy continued.

Follow Juliegrace Brufke on Twitter

All content created by the Daily Caller News Foundation, an independent and nonpartisan newswire service, is available without charge to any legitimate news publisher that can provide a large audience. All republished articles must include our logo, our reporter’s byline and their DCNF affiliation. For any questions about our guidelines or partnering with us, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.