It was during Oval Office negotiations over a potential DACA replacement last week that, in the course of dismissing one deal negotiated by Senate Democrats and Republicans, Trump used a vulgar word to describe African countries and wondered why the USA doesn't get more immigrants from places like Norway. "I'm sure we'll be writing another story", he said.
Talks on immigration continued Wednesday, with White House officials dispatched to meet with an array of House and Senate players, but the parties emerged to say they had only agreed that House and Senate leaders would meet again on Thursday.
Trump has stated that he would sign a bill that codified DACA in exchange for funding Trump's border wall, increasing border security protections, and ending the diversity visa lottery program and restricting chain migration. Red state Democrats don't want to run the risk of being labeled as responsible for a shutdown.
Congress has been struggling for months on funding legislation and the government now is running on its third temporary bill since the 2018 fiscal year began on Oct 1. The measure includes funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, but not a fix for young immigrants brought to the country illegally. A dispute over how much to allocate to defense and domestic programs also has been an obstacle to a broader fiscal agreement.
However, the Republican leader said he was waiting to find out what Trump would support before devoting floor time to any immigration bill.
In the Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't have a filibuster-proof majority, the question is whether Democrats would pick Friday's deadline to stick together and withhold all their votes on the short-term spending bill or whether enough Democrats - some who are facing tough re-elections in 2018 - would come along to keep the government open.
Despite being in the minority, Democrats have substantial influence on the issue because some Republicans concerned about government spending - such as Sen.
"It's not because immigration isn't included", Rounds said.
Republicans are at least nine votes shy of the 60 needed to advance a bill. But even there, Republican leaders are working with a thin margin.
"I'm looking for something that President Trump supports". "We are in Congress and, regrettably, Congress is an institution that only acts when it's forced to".
Trump protecting medical providers who oppose abortion
LGBT advocates and other civil rights groups say that more far-reaching conscience protections could endanger patient care.
House Republican leaders tried to win over wary conservatives for the spending bill by sweetening it.
A number of centrist Senate Democrats late Tuesday wouldn't say how they might vote and said they're waiting for events to unfold first, including Sens. But he said he doubts there will ultimately be a shutdown. "I don't know how this movie ends but you're gonna be taken care of".
Democratic strategists involved in 2018 races acknowledged the complicated politics of immigration but noted that protections for Dreamers are politically popular across the board and said Republicans - who control all levers of government power - would be blamed for a shutdown. A deal "can only happen with presidential leadership", Coons said, but Trump has been "jerking the wheel of the bus of our nation".
Pressed to clarify, he repeated: "I would hope we'd have something everybody has agreed to".
Why the president suddenly undercut Republican arguments was not immediately clear. The proposal, presented by Sens.
Dick Durbin of IL and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC argue their plan offers the best path that could break the impasse on the issue and help drive a deal for a broader spending deal. And his recent alleged comment about immigrants from "sh*thole countries", which the president denies having made, took away from the meeting's real objective and coverage of its goal: to write a policy both sides can get on board with. "I stand behind every word that I said", Durbin told reporters in Chicago on Monday.
Senators leading bipartisan talks on an immigration plan will introduce a measure Wednesday that reflects ideas rejected by Trump last Thursday in the Oval Office. Deals can't get made when there is no trust! "Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military", Trump added.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday defended Trump against accusations of racism, calling them "outrageous" and citing his success as a public figure and star turn on television as a host on NBC's reality show "The Apprentice". "Why did they want to be with him for years and years in various activities whether it was events, fundraisers and other things?"
A source close to the Freedom Caucus told Busines Insider that while the Caucus was not taking a concrete position yet, there was signifcant pushback among members.