Late Thursday morning, immediately after arriving in Florida to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, President Donald Trump took questions from reporters as Air Force One's engines hummed in the background. As it was in the gaggle before his flight, the specifics of his latest immigration reform plans were a key topic.
“We're not looking at citizenship, we're not looking at amnesty, we're looking at allowing people to stay here,” he said. “We're working with everybody: Republicans, we're working with Democrats, I just spoke with Paul Ryan, he's on board, everybody's on board. ... We're talking about taking care of people ... people that were not brought here of their own volition.”
He added that “if the wall is going to be obstructed when we need the funds at a little bit later date ... then we're not doing anything.”
Asked if he was saying there would be no relief for DACA recipients unless he got the wall, Trump responded that “they cannot obstruct the wall. The wall, to me, is vital. If I don't get the wall, then we will become the obstructionists.”
He then clarified the wall has to be in a concrete budget plan, or else “we're not doing anything.”