New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said during a recent interview that the president agreed to come up with an alternative to his promised wall along the southern border in an effort to gain support among Democrats.
On the Pod Save America show, Schumer was talking about the widely publicized meeting Trump had with Democrat lawmakers earlier this month to discuss the fate of President Barack Obama’s Dreamers.
The lawmaker claims Trump told him that he wants Dreamers to continue living in the U.S., regardless of whether he’s able to get his wall built.
“On Dreamers, he said … he understood that they didn’t come in through any fault of their own, that they’re good Americans, good kids,” Schumer said.
“And then he said he wants the wall in return. And we said ‘No. No wall, Mr. President.’ And he tried that for about 15 minutes, but he’s not going to push me around verbally or any other way.”
“And he finally said, “OK, we won’t do the wall. We’ll do some other kind of border security,” Schumer added.
Schumer said Democrats aren’t willing to give much on the Dreamer Act.
In a joint op-ed with Rep.Nancy Pelosi Friday, the lawmaker said: “President Trump made it clear in our meeting earlier this month that he wants to protect DACA recipients and provide relief to young undocumented immigrants, as well as secure our borders. Democrats reiterated that, while we will review any proposed border security measures, we absolutely will not support increased interior enforcement or building the immoral, ineffective and expensive wall. And with those understandings, we agreed that there is a path forward.”