WASHINGTON (AP) — UPDATE:
House Speaker Paul Ryan says there is no agreement on a fix for so-called "Dreamers."
The Wisconsin Republican tells reporters that after speaking with President Donald Trump, he's confident the president did not strike a deal with Democratic leaders to resolve the status of immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as kids.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the outlines of a deal after dining Wednesday night with Trump. They said the deal would enshrine protections for younger immigrants and contain border security measures, but not Trump's long-sought wall.
Ryan says, "The president wasn't negotiating a deal last night; the president was talking with Democratic leaders to get their perspective."
President Donald Trump on Thursday said he was “fairly close” to a deal with congressional leaders to preserve protections for young immigrants living illegally in America but he’s insisting on “massive border security” as part of any agreement.
Trump, speaking to reporters before surveying hurricane damage in Florida, pushed back against Democratic leaders who claimed there was a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. He also said his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would “come later.”
“We’re working on a plan subject to getting massive border controls. We’re working on a plan for DACA. People want to see that happen,” Trump said. He added: “’I think we’re fairly close but we have to get massive border security.”
After he landed in Florida, he declared repeatedly, “If we don’t have a wall, we’re doing nothing.”
Trump, in a series of early morning tweets, disputed the characterization of a private White House dinner on Wednesday night by his guests, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the top Democrats on Capitol Hill. Trump said there was no deal.
But speaking on the Senate floor Thursday morning, Schumer insisted that both sides were in agreement and there was no dispute.