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Trump delivers remarks at the GOP retreat

03 February 2018

The President, in remarks at a Republican congressional retreat in West Virginia, knocked Democrats for a lack of applause during his State of the Union address and sought to shift the onus of reaching an immigration deal on the opposing party.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said he was puzzled that the issue is not on the retreat's agenda.

The chances of a bipartisan immigration deal benefiting so-called Dreamers looked more remote Wednesday, the day after President Donald Trump made his pitch in his State of the Union speech, as Democrats saw not an overture but an escalation of his divisive rhetoric.

Trump's speech drew scorn from Democrats and a tepid response from one immigration hardliner, conservative Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa.

He's also attacking Democrats for not supporting his agenda.

"I've been hearing about DACA for so many years".

"Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives", he said, but promised to allow immigrants to sponsor only spouses and minor children, as "it would protect the nuclear family".

Democrats have leverage on the immigration issue because their votes are needed to pass spending measures in the Senate.

Trump plans to urge lawmakers at a GOP retreat in West Virginia to back his plan for a pathway to citizenship for almost 2 million young immigrants, in exchange for $25 billion for his border wall and major restrictions in legal immigration.

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They commended the decision of the UN General Assembly session on December 21, 2017, to invalidate the USA recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel .

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., appearing alongside Thune behind a lectern, embraced the cornerstones of the Trump plan on Thursday.

"We need to end chain migration and we need to cancel the awful visa lottery". In the House, conservatives have demanded a hard-line bill, with some arguing that the White House plan is too lenient on a path to citizenship.

At that time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised Democrats and a few Republicans that he would allow debate on an immigration bill immediately after the Senate votes next to fund the government; spending authority expires again on February 8.

"My view is ultimately the fallback position that could pass the House and Senate and get signed would be DACA and border security", he said. The White House framework represented "a good faith offer" from Trump, he said, and could provide a base bill for debate but he said it would ultimately not fly with Democrats.

Sanford noted that more than 30 House Republicans have now chose to retire, run for other office or outright resign amid controversy - hardly a resounding vote of confidence in the Trump administration.

"If we win more, we don't have to compromise so much", he added.

But then the hardliners in the House GOP and in the White House began to make their own pitch for a broader and more conservative deal. On top of those Democratic concerns, Republicans may have trouble passing another government funding bill themselves.

The top Senate Democratic negotiator, Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., has forcefully rejected the White House plan.

Trump delivers remarks at the GOP retreat