White House legislative affairs Director Marc Short told reporters Tuesday morning that President Trump is not demanding funding for his border wall be tied to the fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Short said the administration didn’t want to “bind” itself by making a demand that would be unpopular with many lawmakers.
“We’re interested in getting border security and the president has made the commitment to the American people that a barrier is important to that security,” Short said during a roundtable hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “Whether it’s part of DCA or another legislative vehicle, I don’t want to bind us into a construct that would make the conclusion on DACA impossible.”
Short clarified that his comments did not mean the President was softening his stance on the wall.
“The president is not backing off a border wall,” he said. “The president is committed to sticking by the commitment that a physical structure is needed….whether that is part of a DACA package or another package, I won’t prejudge that today, but he’s committed to getting that wall built.”