TRUMP EATS CROW

CAVES ON DREAM­ERS OVER DEM DIN­NER

New York Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY JA­SON SILVERSTEIN and DE­NIS SLAT­TERY

PASS THE duck sauce, and hold the wall.

The top House and Se­nate Democrats an­nounced an im­mi­gra­tion re­form pack­age Wed­nes­day that will pro­tect Dream­ers and pro­vide bor­der se­cu­rity, fol­low­ing a din­ner meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Trump in the White House at which they had Chi­nese food.

The agree­ment does not include fund­ing for Trump’s long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mex­i­can bor­der.

It does pro­tect 800,000 im­mi­grants, known as Dream­ers, who were brought il­le­gally to the U.S. as chil­dren.

The im­mi­grants’ lives were up­ended when the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion de­cided to end the Obama-era De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals, known as DACA, which shielded them from de­por­ta­tion.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Chuck Schumer and House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Trump and sev­eral cab­i­net mem­bers fordinner, con­tin­u­ing the Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent’s sud­den out­reach to the other side of the aisle, which has hor­ri­fied his GOP col­leagues.

“We agreed to en­shrine the pro­tec­tions of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a pack­age of bor­der se­cu­rity, ex­clud­ing the wall, that’s ac­cept­able to both sides,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a joint state­ment af­ter the meal deal.

The agree­ment spec­i­fies bi­par­ti­san leg­is­la­tion called the DREAM Act that pro­vides even­tual cit­i­zen­ship for the young im­mi­grants, a source told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

Trump and the two top Democrats were joined by Com­merce Sec­re­tary Wil­bur Ross, Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steven Mnuchin, White House chief of staff John Kelly and Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Bud­get Di­rec­tor Mick Mul­vaney.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top two Repub­li­cans in Congress, were no­tice­ably ab­sent.

Ryan (R-Wis.) told the AP he was meet­ing with Pelosi be­fore her din­ner, and the two of them planned to dis­cuss im­mi­gra­tion re­form.

For most of this year, Trump has made the Se­nate and House mi­nor­ity lead­ers some of his big­gest tar­gets in Congress.

He has called Schumer a “clown” and “Fake Tears Chuck” be­cause the sen­a­tor be­came weepy at a protest of Trump’s travel ban. Pelosi, mean­while, was de­rided as a “loser” and a liar.

But Trump stunned Congress last week when he struck an un­ex­pected deal with the Democrats on debt ceil­ing and gov­ern­ment spend­ing leg­is­la­tion, shun­ning dis­cus­sions he held with Repub­li­can lead­ers and his own staff.

He later fired off a tweet re­as­sur­ing Dream­ers — at Pelosi’s re­quest.

Af­ter an­other bi­par­ti­san meet­ing at the White House ear­lier in the day, Trump told re­porters, “More and more we’re try­ing to work things out to­gether.”

The fate of Trump’s beloved wall, which he has vowed Mex­ico will even­tu­ally fund, re­mains to be seen.

White House press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders coun­tered the Dems’ claim that the bar­ri­cade was off the ta­ble.

“While DACA and bor­der se­cu­rity were both dis­cussed, ex­clud­ing the wall was cer­tainly not agreed to,” she tweeted.

Trump later en­joyed an af­ter-din­ner tweet, tak­ing aim at his least fa­vorite Demo­crat and her new book.

“Crooked Hil­lary Clin­ton blames ev­ery­body (and ev­ery thing) but her­self for her elec­tion loss.” Trump wrote of his pres­i­den­tial ri­val.“She lost the de­bates and lost her di­rec­tion!”

Pres­i­dent Trump had din­ner with Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Chuck Schumer and House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wed­nes­day – and the Democrats said they got some tasty con­ces­sions.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.