Sanders Shoots Down Flake’s Claims: ‘No Deal on DACA Yet’

Senator Jeff Flake made comments to reporters about a DACA deal that has been made. He said, “We’ve got this bipartisan group, we’re at a deal.”

However, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that’s simply not true.

During her press briefing on Tuesday she said, “There has not been a deal reached yet,” but then added that lawmakers are working to reach one.

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“We’re very focused on trying to make sure that happens,” Sanders continued, “The president has been clear about what his priorities are in that process.”

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IJR reports: 

While a spokesman for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said the talks were still ongoing, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) flatly denied a deal existing.

“There’s no deal” Cornyn reportedly said.

Sanders indicated during her press briefing that she was unaware of what Flake referred to when he suggested the senators reached a deal.

“I can’t speak to the specifics of Senator Flake. I can tell you that a deal has not been reached,” Sanders added.

Her exchange came as both parties attempt to find a compromise on DACA legislation, which the president said he wouldn’t approve without border wall funding.

Even if Flake’s group crafted a deal with a border wall, it’s unclear whether congressional Democrats would accept it.

In an interview on Sunday, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) toldMSNBC that he and “most Democrats’ would vote against a DACA bill that includes border wall funding.

He clarified that he could only speak for his chamber — the House of Representatives — but suspected the “overwhelming majority” of Senate Democrats would also oppose border wall funding.

Perhaps in Flake’s mind, a deal was reached. Checking out of the fight early, Senator?

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