Trump Says He Never Told House GOPers To Vote For Immigration Bill (He Did)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 8 : President Donald J. Trump stops to speak to reporters and members of the media as he departs for the G7 Summit in Canada, from the South Lawn of the White House on Friday, June 08, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
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President Donald Trump claimed on Saturday that he “never” told House Republicans to vote for either of the immigration bills that failed to pass this week – despite telling them merely three days ago in all-caps to do exactly that.

The bill Trump referred to in Wednesday’s tweet was a second immigration bill crafted by Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA) that offered a so-called “compromise” on immigration between conservative and moderate Republicans. It would’ve provided a path to citizenship to undocumented young people brought to the country as children, but it would’ve also eliminated several paths to legal immigration while giving $25 billion dollars to build Trump’s infamous border wall.

Like Goodlatte’s more conservative bill last week, the “compromise” bill went down in flames on Wednesday.

A GOP deputy whip who asked to not be identified blamed Trump for the second bill’s demise, complaining that his tweet was “24 hours too late.”

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