Tweeting on Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump referred to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) as “Crying Chuck,” who the president wrote “fully understands” that “if there is no wall, there is no DACA.”

“Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fully understands, especially after his humiliating defeat, that if there is no Wall, there is no DACA. We must have safety and security, together with a strong Military, for our great people!” Trump tweeted. Earlier, Schumer told reporters, “The wall offer is off the table,” while saying that the border wall was part of an immigration deal that has been rescinded.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, when asked at the Tuesday White House press briefing whether getting a DACA deal done before the February 8th cut off date for the current government funding bill, said, “I don't think they're that far apart. Look, you saw a perfect example of their ability to come to the table and talk about a lot of things. I think there are a couple of places where everyone agrees.” She added, “DACA is something both Republicans and Democrats, the House and the Senate, all want to find a solution to -- a permanent solution to that. Border security -- Democrats may not agree on the exact amount, but they certainly agree that there is a need for that in their willingness to do that.” 

Democrats and Republicans, Sanders said, “have voted for ending chain migration, ending the visa lottery system in the past, so I think that indicates their willingness and their agreement on that issue as well.”

“I think there are some -- certainly, maybe the depth to which we go in each of those areas -- and that's part of the negotiation, but we certainly think that there are a lot of things that we agree on. And I think, if we focus on what we agree on a lot more than what we disagree on, we can have a lot of progress and hopefully get to something that helps everybody and solves a big problem,” she said.

When asked what the president wants to do to conclude an agreement, Sanders said, “He's going to continue what he has been doing -- talking to members from both the Republican side, Democrats, House, Senate. And one of the things I think that has been very important in this process, and one of the things I think was really important in the shutdown process is the president has laid out exactly what he wants to see, and he's laid out the principles that need to be addressed for a piece of legislation that he's actually willing to sign.” She added, Sanders added, “And I think that is a huge and, first, very important step, and then he'll help facilitate those conversations and negotiations as we move forward.”
 

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