House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed the notion President Donald Trump struck a deal with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to extend the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program without including language on a border wall during his weekly press conference Thursday.
The Wisconsin Republican said the president and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly called him Thursday morning to clarify Democratic leadership’s assertion they reached an agreement.
“It was a discussion and not an agreement or a negotiation,” he told reporters, adding he believes you can’t fix DACA — which safeguards more than 800,000 illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation — without securing the borders.
Ryan said he articulated the need for border security to be included in any agreement during his meeting with top House Democrats Wednesday evening.
“We have not begun negotiations, what we are doing is taking with ourselves here in our majority to make sure we are all on the same page before we proceed on all of these things,” he continued.
Ryan said he thinks it’s appropriate for Trump to have discussions with the opposing party on key issues.
The speaker’s comments echo the president’s comments on social media earlier in the day.
“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,” Trump tweeted.
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