An exchange between President Donald J. Trump and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was left out of an official White House transcript, from Trump’s immigration meeting with lawmakers on Tuesday.
According to the Washington Examiner, the transcript’s omission was of a key exchange between the president and Feinstein, in which the president appeared to endorse a previously offered, clean bill of permanent protection for DACA recipients, who are illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, before they could consent to the illegal migration.
Feinstein had asked Trump during the bipartisan meeting whether he could envision himself supporting a “clean” bill that addresses the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals program followed by “a commitment to that we go into a comprehensive immigration reform procedure.”
“I have no problem,” Trump responded. “We’re going to come up with DACA. We’re going to do DACA, and then we can start immediately on the phase two, which would be comprehensive.”
Trump added, “I would like to do that,” in reference to Feinstein’s proposal.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who was seated to Trump’s left, interjected, saying that Republicans want additional border security funding included in any compromise bill.
“I think that’s what she’s saying,” Trump said.
Participants at the meeting began talking so that their conversation is unintelligible, but Feinstein can be heard above the din asking McCarthy, “What do you think I’m saying?”
Asked to clarify, Feinstein said she felt security would come in the form of comprehensive immigration reform.
The White House failed to include the president’s “clean” DACA agreement in the official White House transcript of the meeting, released Tuesday evening. An administration official told the Post it had not been done deliberately, and aides issued a corrected transcript Wednesday morning.
Trump said he wants lawmakers to pass “a bill of love” that includes protections for DACA recipients.
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