Gardner: Bipartisan DACA solution possible despite Trump's 's---hole countries' comment

Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerEx-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Biden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program Gardner to lead new GOP super PAC ahead of midterms MORE (R-Colo.) said Sunday he believes President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE wants to reach a solution for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, despite Trump’s reported comment questioning why the U.S. accepts immigrants from “shithole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations. 

“I have no reason to doubt him, even today. Despite the blow up we had this past week, I do think he’s sincere, and I do think sincere people, with letting our better angels prevail, will come together with a solution,” Gardner said on CBS's “Face The Nation.”

Gardner called the president's "shithole countries" comment "unacceptable," but said it can't be allowed to "define this moment."


Trump announced last year that he would rescind DACA, an Obama-era program that allows certain immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to live and work without fear of deportation. 

Last week, Trump hosted a bipartisan discussion on immigration reform and called on those in attendance to craft a “bill of love” to solve the issue. He indicated he would sign whatever those in attendance submitted to him.

The White House pushed back on a bipartisan proposal late last week, however, and Trump has in recent days attacked Democrats for their role in DACA negotiations, claiming they don’t want to reach a deal. 

Gardner on Sunday said most Democrats and Republicans he’s worked with on immigration are committed to finding a solution. 

“I have no doubt that there are probably people on the Republican side of the aisle who may not want a solution on this, there are probably some on the Democratic side of the aisle who don’t want a solution on this. They’d rather have these things to fight about and to fight over,” Gardner said.

“Let the people who want to play politics, let them play politics. But that’s not what this moment is about,” Gardner added.