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Report: Trump Meeting With House GOP 'Didn't Move Needle'

But he wants them to send him an immigration bill
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2018 6:23 AM CDT
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, walks with President Trump as they head to a meeting of House Republicans to discuss a GOP immigration bill at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 19,...   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – President Trump met with House Republicans Tuesday amid mounting public outrage over the separation of children from their families at the border—but insiders say that while the closed-door address was vintage Trump, he didn't leave lawmakers with a clear path to a deal on immigration. Lawmakers say Trump told them to send him a bill, but some say he didn't express a preference between a compromise bill that includes protections for Dreamers along with border wall funding, or a more hardline bill. "It did not move the needle at all," one top Republican lawmaker tells Politico. "He made comments like 'I'm behind it 1,000%,' but what is 'it'?" In other coverage:

  • Ivanka isn't happy. Ivanka Trump is apparently among the many opponents of the border separation policy. Multiple GOP lawmakers tell the Washington Post that Trump told them his daughter was upset by images of children taken from their families and asked if they could do anything to stop it. They say Trump told them: "We need to figure this out. It’s a sad situation." He did not, however, tell them that he planned to back down on the policy, which he has the power to change.

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