At a joint news conference with the Norwegian Prime Minister, President Trump appeared to back-pedal his commitment to being available to special counsel, Robert Mueller.
At that same newser, the president insisted, funding for a border wall was necessary to move forward with an agreement on DACA.
The president has previously said he would be willing to meet with investigators, but then on Twitter, the president dismissed it all as quote, “the single greatest witch hunt in American history,” adding, “republicans should finally take control!”
The senate republican leading one of the investigations, seemed to balk at the president calling for “republican control” of the Russia investigation.
“I don’t intend to have a discussion with the president on that point and I hope he doesn’t call me and tell me the same thing you said he said,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R) Iowa.
Meanwhile, congressional negotiators say they are closing in on a DACA deal to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the u-s as children.
The president insisting that congress must agree to fund his wall, republicans on the hill seemed to temper expectations.
“It depends on how you define a wall,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe, (R) Oklahoma. “That wall doesn’t have to be 2000 miles of solid wall.”
Republican Jeff Flake, expects that congress could have an agreement before the January 19th spending deadline, it isn’t clear if DACA would be included in that bill or as a stand-alone.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has promised to deal with DACA before the month’s end.