White House Removed Trump’s Comments On ‘Clean DACA Bill’ From Official Transcript
A line from President Trump regarding a clean bill to address recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was removed from the official White House transcript of President Trump’s comments during a meeting on immigration Tuesday.
During a televised session in the White House Cabinet Room with lawmakers from both parties., Trump was asked by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) if he would support “a clean DACA bill.”
“Yeah, I would like to do it,” Trump said during the meeting, according to The Washington Post.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) interjected and told the president he needed to be “clear.”
“I think what Senator Feinstein is asking here — when we talk about just DACA, we don’t want to be back here two years later. You have to have security,” McCarthy said during the meeting.
The White House’s official transcript did not include the line from Trump saying, “Yeah, I would like to do it.”
Trump on Tuesday said lawmakers should pass a “bill of love” to resolve the fate of young undocumented immigrants who benefit from an Obama-era program he scrapped last year.
“I hope we’re going to come up with an answer for DACA,” Trump said at a rarely televised session in the White House Cabinet Room with lawmakers from both parties.
The unusual setting allowed Democrats and Republicans alike to exchange their views on-camera for roughly an hour over the complicated immigration talks.
A White House official said anything left out of the transcript was not done on purpose, according to the Post.