GOP Sen. David Perdue thinks Democrats misjudged the priorities of everyday Americans with the Schumer shutdown and said any negotiations on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals will have to include a border wall, Wednesday on “Fox & Friends.”
“Well, this is a great illustration of where the Democrats were just out of touch with the American people. The Schumer shutdown overplayed their hand and misread the American people,” Perdue said. “The Schumer shutdown was based on one thing, the Democrats misread the American public. This president has been very consistent all along … he wants a compassionate solution to the DACA situation. He wants to give them certainty. But any DACA solution has got to include border security, to include a wall.”
The Georgia Republican said President Donald Trump is simply enacting the will of the people and believes his stance on immigration is one of the main reasons he was elected to the oval office.
“This president knows what the American people want. He is instinctive about this issue. That’s how he got elected. One of the main issues he got elected on,” Perdue continued. “This is a deal that should get done. The president has done at lot of big deals. He know instinctively this deal should get done. We’ve got symmetry here. Both sides want to end diversity lottery. Both sides to different degrees want to solve the border security issue. And the president has been proven right over and over that a wall is necessary to do that.”
When asked how the Senate would reconcile their bill with the House, Perdue said there has been intense discussions between both chambers at the White House with Trump leading the meetings and thinks there is now a “road map” for a bill that can reach the president’s desk.
“We’ve been meeting with the House. We have had them in bicameral bipartisan meeting at the White House just a couple weeks ago. The president has been very engaged,” Perdue concluded. “We have got a plan right now and a road map that we believe will not only will pass the Senate, but will pass the House. The president is driving this agenda and he’s been very involved from the beginning.”
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