Trump says he spoke to Pelosi, McConnell on border package

Trump says he spoke to Pelosi, McConnell on border package
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE said on Wednesday that he spoke to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTimeline: The Trump whistleblower complaint DC statehood push faces long odds despite record support Ukraine could badly damage both Donald Trump and the Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDC statehood push faces long odds despite record support Overnight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts MORE (R-Ky.) as Congress struggles to agree on a border and humanitarian aid package to address the flow of Central American migrants.

Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House that he believes Pelosi “wants to get something done” and that the Senate and House will eventually “be able to do something very good.” 

“A lot of people are starting to realize that I was right when I said we have a crisis at the border,” the president said. “It wasn’t manufactured at all.” 

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Pelosi called Trump to try and reconcile the House and Senate border funding packages, according to a senior Democratic aide. The president and Speaker talked for 15 minutes. 

She told reporters at the Capitol that the House would not take up the Senate bill and that she asked the president for time for the two chambers to negotiate a compromise agreement. 

“They passed their bill, we respect that. We passed our bill, we hope they will respect that. And if there’s some improvements that we think can be reconciled,” she said. 

Senate Republicans are pressing House leaders to take up their own version of the border package and skip a formal negotiation through a conference committee. 

The House has passed a bill providing $4.5 billion in additional funds to help federal agencies handle the influx of migrants, and the Senate is set to approve legislation with a nearly identical funding level. 

But the two packages have significant policy differences over agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement and aid to Central American countries, creating uncertainty over whether a compromise can be reached before lawmakers leave Washington next week for the July 4 recess. 

The White House has threatened to veto the Democratic-led House’s package, saying it contains several “problematic policy provisions that would hinder the administration’s efforts to enforce our immigration laws and protect children.”

—Updated at 2:43 p.m.