President Trump’s signature campaign promise, the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, will remain on the back burner, the president said Thursday morning.
“The wall will come later,” Trump told reporters as he prepared to depart for Florida. “We’re right now renovating large sections of wall, massive sections, making it brand new. We’re doing a lot of renovations, we’re building four different samples of the wall to see which one we’re going to choose, and the wall is going to be built, it will be funded a little bit later.”
“Well, we want to get massive border security, and I think both Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer — I think they agree with it. We met last night, as you know, Schumer, Pelosi and a whole group and I think we’re fairly close, but we have to get massive border security.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement Wednesday night that Trump had agreed to support DACA legislation without getting funding for the wall in return.
“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,” they said.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders pushed back against that claim Wednesday night. “While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,” she said.
Trump’s statements Thursday morning made clear, though, that amnesty supporters will get their wish far sooner than supporters of the wall will get theirs.
In a series of tweets Thursday morning, Trump defended his new support for amnesty.
“Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military?” he asked. “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.” (RELATED: Trump Has Always Backed Amnesty, White House Says)