Trump: 'Does Anybody Really Want to Throw Out Good, Educated and Accomplished Young People?'

By Susan Jones | September 14, 2017 | 7:28 AM EDT

President Trump promised to build "the greatest wall that you've ever seen" on the campaign trail -- shown here in Derry, N.H. on August 19, 2015. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Michael Vadon) - Siding with Democrats who advocate amnesty for "dreamers," the hundreds of thousands of people who were brought to this country illegally as children, President Trump on Thursday issued two tweets on the subject:

"Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really! They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own - brought in by parents at young age," Trump wrote.

According to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, both of whom had dinner with Trump at the White House Wednesday night, they all agreed to "enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides."

But in two other tweets Thursday morning, the president said, "No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote."

Trump also appeared to be waffling on his long-promised border wall, saying it is already “under construction,” although not in the way he described on the campaign trail:

"The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built," Trump tweeted on Thursday.


During the presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly promised to build a "big, beautiful wall" and make Mexico pay for it.

At a town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire on Aug. 19, 2015, then-candidate Donald Trump told the crowd, "I will build the greatest wall that you've ever seen...I already know what it should look like.”

He talked about the Great Wall of China, saying, "We'd like to have that wall" because "nobody gets through."

He said the current border barrier between the United States and Mexico "is not a wall. It's a little fence."

Trump said he was talking about a real wall. "See that ceiling there?" he asked pointing to the top of the auditorium. "Higher."

"Did you ever see the plank for parking garages?" Trump asked. "So you take precast plank. It comes 30 feet long, 40 feet long, 50 feet long. You see the highways where they can span 50, 60 feet, even longer than that, right?

“And do you a beautiful nice precast plank with beautiful everything. Just perfect. I want it to be so beautiful because maybe someday they'll call it The Trump Wall. Maybe. So I have to make sure it's beautiful, right? I'll be very proud of that wall. If they call at this The Trump Wall, it has to be beautiful.

"And you put that plank up and you dig your footings. And you put that plank up -- there's no ladder going over that. If they ever go up there, they're in trouble, because there's no way to get down. Maybe a rope."

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