En route to Bismarck, North Dakota, President Trump answers questions about his decision to end DACA.

Q: Mr. President, what do you say to those who say there are mixed signals coming from the White House over DACA? 

THE PRESIDENT:  No mixed signal at all.  Congress, I really believe, wants to take care of this situation.  I really believe it — even very conservative members of Congress.  I’ve seen it firsthand.  If they don’t, we’re going to see what we’re going to do. But I will tell you, I really believe Congress wants to take care of it.  We discussed that also today, and Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I.  And I said if we can get something to happen, we’re going to sign it and we’re going to make a lot of happy people.

Q: Do you want a pathway to citizenship for those DACA recipients?

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s going to be discussed later, but we want to talk about legal right now.  We haven’t discussed that.

Q: What did you mean when you said you wanted to revisit the issue in six months?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, we’re going to see what happens.  I want to see what happens in Congress.  I have a feeling that’s not going to be necessary.  I think they’re going to make a deal.  I think Congress really wants to do this.

Q: And what would you like to see, Mr. President, in legislation?

THE PRESIDENT:  I’d like to see something where we have good border security, and we have a great DACA transaction where everybody is happy and now they don’t have to worry about it anymore because, obviously, as you know, before, it was not a legal deal.  It was a deal that wouldn’t have held up and didn’t hold up.  And even President Obama when he did it, when he signed it, he said this is obviously not something that’s — he called it short-term. I’d like to see a permanent deal, and I think it’s going to happen.  I think we’re going to have great support from both sides of Congress, and I really believe that Congress is going to work very hard on the DACA agreement and come up with something.  

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Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...

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