President Donald Trump has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to securing funding for his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall, warning Democrats that the only way he will sign off on DACA protections for Dreamers is if they cooperate with his administrationâs agenda.
Trump took to Twitter on Friday to spell it out clearly for his political opponents: âThe Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc. We must protect our Country at all cost!â
The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc. We must protect our Country at all cost!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
In an interview with a New York Times reporter published Thursday, Trump shifted the blame to Democrats for almost universally rejecting any opportunity to forge bipartisan solutions to problems plaguing both sides of the aisle.
âNow, in my opinion, they should come to me on infrastructure,â he said. They should come to me, which they have come to me, on DACA. We are working. âŚ Weâre trying something about it. And they should definitely come to me on health care. Because we can do bipartisan health care. We can do bipartisan infrastructure. And we can do bipartisan DACA.â
When pressed as to whether Trump was moving toward the center as a way to broaden his base, Trump shot down the suggestion.
âNo, Iâm not being centered. Iâm just being practical,â he said. âNo, I donât think Iâm changing. Look, I wouldnât do a DACA plan without a wall. Because we need it. We see the drugs pouring into the country, we need the wall.â
Trump and the Democrats are expected to butt heads in January as both sides try to secure funding for pet issues in a spending bill. He will meet with Senate Majority Leader and Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan next week to discuss the matter.