President Trump sent mixed messages Thursday over whether he’s reached a deal with Democratic leaders on legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. On Wednesday, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said they’d agreed to a deal with the president that would protect some 800,000 DREAMERs, after Trump ordered the cancellation of the DACA immigration program. But on Thursday, Trump cast doubt over the deal, first tweeting, “No deal was made last night on DACA,” before later telling reporters he was largely in agreement with Pelosi and Schumer.
President Donald Trump: “Well, we want to get massive border security, and I think that both Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer—I think they agree with it. But—so, we met last night with, as you know, Schumer, Pelosi and a whole group, and I think we’re fairly close, but we have to get massive border security.”
Reporter: “Are Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell on board?”
President Donald Trump: “Oh, I think he’s on board. Yeah, Mitch is on board. Paul Ryan is on board.”
But House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday there was no deal struck with Trump, and accused Democrats of negotiating through the media. Meanwhile, Breitbart News, the far-right-wing website, had a headline encouraging people to burn MAGA hats—that’s “Make America Great Again” hats.