The week has turned nightmarish for congressional conservatives as President Trump continues to take the side of Democratic leadership, putting the impetus on Republicans to make decisions on politically-dangerous issues such as DACA and the debt ceiling.
After announcing the White House would scrap DACA in its current executive order form, Trump has done everything to keep the program’s future alive in the form of a potential congressional bill.
On Wednesday, he noted to reporters on Air Force One during his flight to North Dakota that, as well as striking a deal to raise the debt ceiling in tandem with the provision of Hurricane Harvey relief, he discussed DACA with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
“Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I,” Trump said. “I said if we can get something to happen, we’re going to sign it and we’re going to make a lot of happy people,” he added.
But he continued to remain vague about exactly what he would do should the Republican-controlled Congress fail to create DACA legislation.
“I want to see what happens in Congress. I have a feeling that’s not going to be necessary,” Trump said. “I think they’re going to make a deal.”
He noted the perfect bill would include both stronger restrictions on non-DACA illegals and a peaceful integration of Dreamers.
“I’d like to see a permanent deal, and I think it’s going to happen,” he said. “I think we’re going to have great support from both sides of Congress.”
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