Trump claims he 'never pushed' House Republicans to vote for hard-line immigration bill

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE falsely claimed on Saturday that he never urged congressional Republicans to pass a pair of immigration bills, saying that he knew all along that the measure would not win enough Democratic votes to pass in the Senate.

"I never pushed the Republicans in the House to vote for the Immigration Bill, either GOODLATTE 1 or 2, because it could never have gotten enough Democrats as long as there is the 60 vote threshold," he tweeted. "I released many prior to the vote knowing we need more Republicans to win in Nov."


The claim directly contradicts a tweet from the president on Wednesday, insisting that "HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II," referring to Republicans' compromise immigration bill introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Immigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview MORE (R-Va.).

Hours after Trump made the plea to Republicans, the House rejected the compromise measure on immigration in a worse-than-expected 121-300 vote. Votes on the bill had been delayed twice to give Republicans more time to win support. 

The compromise bill gained fewer votes than a hard-line measure rejected by the House last week in a 193-231 vote.

Trump has repeatedly urged Senate Republicans to do away with the 60-vote minimum for blocking filibusters, arguing that until they did, Democrats would continue to block key GOP legislation.

The House could still seek to take action on narrower legislation intended to end the separation of migrant families apprehended for crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally — a practice that resulted from the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy which seeks to aggressively prosecute those who cross into the U.S. illegally.

Any measure will have to wait until lawmakers return from their July 4 recess.