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No one knows what they’re doing.
- Fewer than 24 hours after Democratic leadership said that they had reached a deal with Donald Trump over DACA and the border wall, and mere hours after Trump denied that a deal had been finalized, Paul Ryan said that there “isn’t an agreement” in place. “These were discussions, not negotiations,” Ryan said of the Wednesday night dinner which he did not attend. Though Trump indicated to reporters that both Ryan and Mitch McConnell were “on board” over the DACA compromise, Ryan was more tepid during his public statements. “You cannot fix DACA without fixing the root cause of the problem,” Ryan said. “We do not have control of our borders. So, we need border security and enforcement as part of any agreement. I think that’s something the Democrats are beginning to understand.” [CNBC]
- Despite Trump’s insistence that he had not made a DACA deal with Democrats, his base was angered by the news that he might offer “amnesty” to Dreamers. [The Hill]
- Trump’s base is equally angered by the prospect that the president will not build a wall after making its construction a cornerstone of his campaign. “This is a betrayal,” Joe Walsh said on MSNBC. “Republican voters will not line up lock, step and barrel behind President Trump [...] Build the damn wall... If he betrays that promise, he’s dead, he is dead among his base.” [Talking Points Memo]
- Trump, however, told reporters that DACA is not “amnesty.” He added that though the construction of a border wall is not in the legislation he discussed with Democratic leaders, the wall will still be built. [Axios]
- Trump also said that citizenship was not in the bill he discussed with Democrats. “We’re not looking at citizenship,” he said. Nancy Pelosi said that citizenship was “in the bill.” Pfffttt. [Washington Post]
- Maybe the wall was never real, maybe it was just “symbolic.” [Mediate]
- “Nancy Pelosi rises again—thanks to Trump” is a headline that was published today. [Politico]
- The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General is investigating allegations that the reassignment of senior staff, particularly those who spoke openly about climate change, was politically motivated. [Washington Post]
- In an interview with CNN, Hillary Clinton said it is time to eliminate the Electoral College. [CNN]
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