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Sen. Manchin: 'My Gut Tells Me' Trump Wants DACA Deal

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 January 2018 11:00 AM

President Donald Trump really means it when he says he wants a deal to protect the "Dreamers," some 800,000 young children brought to the United States illegally, Sen. Joe Manchin tells CNN.

"My gut tells me the President wants to get this done," the outspoken West Virginia Democrat told Chris Cuomo Wednesday on CNN's "New Day" program.

"I can tell you, sincerely, he believes these children need a pathway forward. He's sympathetic towards that."

Manchin said he knows that because he and fellow Red State Democrat Doug Jones of Alabama met with Trump during the three-day government shutdown, caused in part by Democratic Senators who initially refused to pass a funding bill that did not protect children covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program introduced during the Obama administration.

Democrats had wanted a "clean" DACA bill, while Trump and Republicans insisted that any DACA legislation must include tighter security measures, including a border wall with Mexico.

At another point, Manchin tried to clarify his comments in a New York Times report that he had told fellow Democrats "this place sucks."

"There's so many good people up here, both Democrats and Republicans, they're all my friends," Manchin told CNN. "We want things to work."

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