Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway Tuesday insisted that President Donald Trump brought Democrats and Republicans to the table over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and denied tweets posted by Sen. Dianne Feinstein blaming him for the current impasse over the matter.
"Respectfully, Sen. Feinstein is in error," Conway told Fox Business' Stuart Varney.
"The president literally brought Democrats and Republicans to the table in the Cabinet room, the whole world saw it live and unfiltered, and the president made it very clear that he was willing to have a disposition of not just the 600,000 DACA recipients who had come forth, but the 1.8 million or so who would be qualified under that particular action."
Conway, though, pointed out that it was former President Barack Obama who created the DACA program, and didn't present it Congress "because he knew it would probably never pass."
"This Congress had nine months in 2017 to do something, Stuart," Conway said. "Like many other issues, they failed. The president gave them another six months, still failed. This president made a very simple request. On his way to a merit-based immigration system, to ending catch and release, to funding our ICE gents and our border security, he wants the funding for the wall, the $25 billion for the wall in exchange for DACA."
But Democrats offered an "inadequate" solution, said Conway, "and they know it."
"So saying that the president walked away from a bad deal, this is Donald Trump," said Conway. "He's a master negotiator, communicator and dealmaker. He's not going to accept a bad deal that completely upends what he's promised with respect to protecting our national sovereignty and keeping the poison, the drugs out of our communities and people who shouldn't be here out of our nation as well."
Trump also is continuing to go after Amazon, and Conway said he's making a "very simple point" that the Postal Service is being misused for the internet giant's deliveries.
"I think what the president is talking about is the same type of fairness that he always addresses," said Conway. "In this case, he just wants there to be fair play. And that really is what the president's talking about here. He's very concerned that Amazon, you know, that the postal service is being used as a private delivery service as well."
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