WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said Thursday that a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border will not be built immediately, but that a deal to enshrine the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as law in exchange for enhanced border security is close.
“The wall will come later, we’re right now renovating large sections of wall, massive sections, making it brand new,” Trump told reporters while walking to Marine One.
Trump noted that a plan to strengthen border security while protecting DACA recipients was “fairly close” and that Republican leaders are currently “on board.”
The President’s comments come the morning after Pelosi and Schumer announced that they had agreed to a plan to pass DACA in exchange for border security, sans funding for a wall between the U.S. border and Mexico.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement Wednesday night claiming that excluding funding for the wall was “certainly not agreed to.”
Trump has recently irked members of his own party after striking an agreement with Democratic leaders last week to raise the debt ceiling for three months.
The latest deal came after a dinner with Pelosi and Schumer but no Republican lawmakers.