Manchin: We don’t need Pelosi’s type of rhetoric on immigration

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Senate panel approves Interior nominee over objections from Democrats MORE (D-W.Va.) on Sunday ripped House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi uses Trump to her advantage Fake Pelosi video sparks fears for campaigns Trump goes scorched earth against impeachment talk MORE's (D-Calif.) characterization of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE's framework for fixing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Pelosi said Friday that the president's DACA framework wanted to "make America white again."  

“You know what? We don’t need that type of rhetoric on either side, from Nancy, [Speaker] Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 MORE [R-Wis.], or anybody else," the red-state Democrat told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."

He said Congress would work with the White House's proposed guidelines.


"The president has laid out a template. We're going to look at that template, and we're going to work with it," he continued. 

Trump’s framework as released last week calls for granting a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million young immigrants eligible for DACA in exchange for tens of billions of dollars for his border wall and other policies that would restrict legal immigration.

Manchin went on to discuss the negotiations on Trump's proposed border wall and DACA. 

"Let me tell you one thing. We have the wall. We need to repair the wall. We'll need to build more wall. We need to do whatever we can to secure the border — the borders," Manchin said. 

"We had $42 billion of expenditures to secure America with that piece of legislation in 2013, but, also, there was a pathway to citizenship for 11 million people," he continued. 

"Now, if you want to go big, that's big. If you're going to go medium or you are going to go small, we've got to decide. You can't have big on one end of it, and then also medium or small on the other end. I think that's what we're trying to figure out." 

Manchin has proven to be one of the more moderate voices calling to negotiate with the president on immigration. 

The senator met with the president on Monday to discuss a path forward.

He was one of five Democrats who broke with their leaders earlier this month and voted for a House spending bill that would have kept the government open but did nothing on the DACA issue. 

Manchin said the Senate's Common Sense Coalition, which he is a part of, along with Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Collins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy 'innovation' Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights MORE (R-Maine.), will meet this week to discuss negotiations.