Congressional Democrats say President Trump's morning tweets about border security and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals "are not inconsistent with the agreement reached last night" on legislation to protect so-called Dreamers.
President Trump on Thursday appeared to walk back claims by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that they struck a deal to pass legislation protecting young people who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children. The Democrats said the deal excluded a border wall.
Trump later said the deal would yield "massive border security," but said "the wall would come later," and that renovations to "massive sections" of the wall are taking place now.
Democrats, in the statement, said the two parties would negotiate the border security package.
"What remains to be negotiated are the details of border security, with a mutual goal of finalizing all details as soon as possible," Pelosi and Schumer said. "While both sides agreed that the wall would not be any part of this agreement, the president made clear he intends to pursue it at a later time, and we made clear we would continue to oppose it."
Pelosi and Schumer said border security would include "new technology, drones, air support, sensor equipment, rebuilding roads along the border," and other elements of an existing border security bill in the House.