Trump told border official he'd pardon him if he went to jail over immigration moves: CNN

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE reportedly told the head of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that he would pardon him if he were sent to jail for violating immigration law.

CNN’s Jake Tapper reported Friday that Trump made the comment to CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan during a visit to the border at Calexico, Calif. Trump has since named McAleenan to serve as acting Homeland Security Secretary following the resignation of Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenDOJ to Supreme Court: Trump decision to end DACA was lawful Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign Trump casts uncertainty over top intelligence role MORE.

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CNN, citing two unnamed officials briefed on the exchange, reported that Trump told McAleenan he ”would pardon him if he ever went to jail for denying U.S. entry to migrants.”

It was reported earlier this week that during the visit to the border, Trump told CBP agents to block migrants from entering the U.S., a violation of federal laws and court orders.

Sources told CNN on Monday that Trump told agents that if a judge ordered them to let migrants in, they should say: “Sorry, judge, I can’t do it. We don’t have the room.”

"At no time has the President indicated, asked, directed or pressured the Acting Secretary to do anything illegal," a Department of Homeland Security spokesman told The Hill. "Nor would the Acting Secretary take actions that are not in accordance with our responsibility to enforce the law.”