REPORT: Pence pushes back on criticism of Trump’s proposal in roundtable meeting with reporters


Vice President Mike Pence sought to portray President Donald Trump’s latest proposal to end a partial government shutdown as a sincere, “good faith effort” to incorporate Democratic concerns into laws that will advance to the Senate floor this week, in a Saturday afternoon roundtable with reporters.

Trump laid out his latest proposal to Democratic lawmakers Saturday afternoon in a televised speech from the White House which includes funding for humanitarian aid, funding for more border patrol agents, $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall, and a three-year legal extension of the DACA and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs. Trump’s addition of the latter proposal is the latest effort to try and break a legislative logjam.

The article goes on to state the following:

Pence declared “this is not an amnesty bill” in response to criticism that the bill offers protections for DACA recipients, but noted that it is a “good faith effort” on behalf of Trump to try and solve this problem legislatively. The vice president dismissed concerns about preemptive statements by Democrats that the bill would not be considered by Democrats, saying that the compromise itself was crafted with moderate Democratic input.

Multiple reporters tweeted additional feedback from Saturday’s roundtable briefing.

PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor posted the following information:

VP Pence, Mick Mulvaney, Sec Nielsen & Jared Kushner held a meeting w/ reporters to make the case that the president’s proposal deserves a chance & that Dems should take it up. They say Senate & WH is working on wording of the bill and McConnell plans to bring it to a vote.

VP Pence pushing back on conservative backlash: “This is not an amnesty bill….There is no amnesty in the president’s proposals. There is no pathway to citizenship.” He added that that President Trump’s proposal is a “sincere effort” to make a compromise.

LA Times reporter Eli Stokols added:

PENCE, answering conservative critics yet trying to soften Dem opposition, tells reporters: “This is not an amnesty bill” but also that it’s a good faith effort to incorporate “ideas from both parties.”

KUSHNER told reporters the speech clarified what Trump will support. “This is something that this White House stands behind,” he said, nothing that the speech included what he called “overtures” for more comprehensive immigration reform down the road.

As for why Trump is backing this deal after saying he didn’t want to deal with DACA until after a SC ruling, Pence said he was “persuaded [by Democrats] that this is the right thing to do for the country right now.”

But Mulvaney indicated that the national emergency declaration remains on the table if Democrats say no to this, which he said would prevent 800k federal workers from getting paid: “If the bill is filibustered, people will not get paid.”

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