Trump Wants to See DACA Deal with 'Chuck and Nancy' and 'Make a Lot of Happy People'
WASHINGTON -- President Trump predicted on Air Force One en route to a tax reform event in Bismarck, N.D., today that there will be a solution forged with "Chuck and Nancy" on the DREAM Act and "a lot of happy people" as a result.
Trump characterized his morning meeting with congressional leaders including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as "very good," particularly in terms of a debt-ceiling hike. "Always we'll agree on debt ceiling automatically because of the importance of it," he said.
"Also on the CRs and also on Harvey, which now we're going to be adding something because of what's going on in Florida -- but we had a very good meeting. We essentially came to a deal, and I think the deal will be very good. We had a very, very cordial and professional meeting," he added.
The parties in the meeting agreed to a continuing resolution that would give Congress until Dec. 15 to pass a spending plan, averting a government shutdown at the end of this month.
In response, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) issued a one-sentence statement: "The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal is bad."
Asked about the White House sending mixed signals on its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Trump said there's been "no mixed signal at all."
"Congress, I really believe, wants to take care of this situation. I really believe it -- even very conservative members of Congress. I've seen it firsthand. If they don't, we're going to see what we're going to do," Trump added. "But I will tell you, I really believe Congress wants to take care of it. We discussed that also today, and Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I. And 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."
Asked if he wants to see a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries, Trump replied, "That's going to be discussed later, but we want to talk about legal right now. We haven't discussed that."
The president said he wants to see something from Congress "where we have good border security, and we have a great DACA transaction where everybody is happy and now they don't have to worry about it anymore because, obviously, as you know, before, it was not a legal deal."
"It was a deal that wouldn't have held up and didn't hold up. And even President Obama when he did it, when he signed it, he said this is obviously not something that's -- he called it short-term," Trump said. "I'd like to see a permanent deal, and I think it's going to happen. I think we're going to have great support from both sides of Congress, and I really believe that Congress is going to work very hard on the DACA agreement and come up with something."