Shortly after the government shutdown at midnight on Friday, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, of New York, took the Senate floor to say that in his meeting with President Donald Trump, Schumer suggested exchanging financing the border wall for protection for those under the Obama-era DACA program.
According to Schumer, the President did not agree to this, but a recent New York Times piece that provides different information about the discussion.
“During the meeting, in exchange for strong DACA protections, I reluctantly put the border wall on the table for the discussion. Even that was not enough to entice the president to finish the deal,” said Schumer. But here’s how the New York Times described this.
“As the [cheeseburger] meal progressed, an outline of an agreement was struck, according to one person familiar with the discussion: Mr. Schumer said yes to higher levels for military spending and discussed the possibility of fully funding the president’s wall on the southern border with Mexico. In exchange, the president agreed to support legalizing young immigrants who were brought to the United States as children,” notess the New York Times.
“Mr. Schumer left the White House believing he had persuaded the president to support a short, three to four-day spending extension to finalize an agreement, which would also include disaster funding and health care measures,” the paper added.
So basically, Schumer did not agree to fund the wall, merely to discuss “the possibility” of funding the wall. President Trump is way too smart to fall for a trick like that.
So, in the end, it seems Schumer did not agree to fund the wall, only to talk about “the possibility” of funding the wall. Schumer will have a hard time fooling anyone, especially an experienced businessman like Trump, with his sleazy rhetoric.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on his meeting with President Trump: “In exchange for strong DACA protections, I reluctantly put the border wall on the table for discussion. Even that was not enough to entice the President to finish the deal” https://t.co/huVlNm6rf4
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