President Trump early Thursday said he made no deal with Democrats to protect young immigrants, pushing back on a statement by the party's leaders.
“No deal was made last night on DACA,” he said on Twitter, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote,” he added.
After a dinner at the White House Wednesday evening, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Trump agreed to work toward a deal that would protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation in exchange for new border security measures.
“We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the president,” Schumer and Pelosi said in a statement. “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.”
The White House rejected that statement almost immediately, telling The Hill in an email that while border security and DACA were discussed, the president didn't agree to exclude funding for the border wall from the package.
“While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
An earlier statement from the White House called the dinner “constructive” and said the conversations centered on “tax reform, border security, DACA, infrastructure, and trade.”