Sep 14, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
1 big thing: Trump's day of DACA

President Trump visited Irma-ravaged Florida today, but the conversation was dominated by the backlash to his DACA conversations with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. They released a statement last night saying they'd discussed passing protections for DACA recipients in exchange for more immigration enforcement, but nothing for a wall.

As a source close to the White House told Jonathan Swan: "[Trump] didn't just ruin his credibility. He ruined our credibility - because we've been publicly supporting him. He humiliated us."

Trump's statements on the subject throughout the day, below:

  • 6:11 am on Twitter: "No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote."
  • 8:26 am to reporters: "[T]he wall will come later."
  • 11:06 am to reporters: "Very important is the wall. We have to be sure the wall isn't obstructed because without the wall I wouldn't do anything... It doesn't have to be here but they can't obstruct the wall if it's in a budget or anything else... We're not looking at citizenship. We're not looking at amnesty. We're looking at allowing people to stay here... I just spoke with Paul Ryan, everybody's on board."
  • 4:18 pm to reporters: "[I]f the Democrats aren't going to approve it [money for the wall], then we're not going to do what they want... We're working on a deal for DACA, but a lot has to do with the amount of security. We want very heavy security at the border... DACA now and the wall very soon, but the wall will happen."

One intriguing line: Trump said "we'll talk about that" in response to whether he'd extend the DACA program in the event of Congress failing to pass legislation within six months.

Dive in: Reactions from Congressional leadership.

Go deeper: The conservative backlash to Trump's DACA-deal flirtation.

What you missed
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  2. More fallout for Equifax: In a surprising move, the FTC has confirmed that it's probing the breach at Equifax that exposed the data of up to 143 million people.
  3. Meet one of the people who got us to Saturn: The Cassini mission ends tomorrow. A scientist & engineer on the project for 13 years tells her story.
  4. Google hit with pay discrimination suit: Three female former Google employees have filed a lawsuit against the search giant alleging gender-based pay discrimination. More details.
  5. Apple weighs huge investment in Toshiba: Recap from Axios' Ina Fried, who points out Apple's current reliance on Samsung.
1 fun thing

Oprah Winfrey is a special contributor to "60 Minutes" for the program's 50th season. Her first segment comes on September 24. They're not yet spoiling the topic.

Mike Allen