Trump asserts he didn’t push House GOP on immigration

Posted at 5:37 PM, Jun 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-30 17:37:06-04

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is claiming he never pushed House Republicans to vote for immigration bills that failed last week, his latest display of whiplash on the legislation.

Trump tweets from his New Jersey golf club he didn’t press GOP lawmakers to support the plans because it wouldn’t have cleared the Senate. He writes he released many House Republicans “prior to the vote knowing we need more Republicans to win in Nov.”

That contradicts a tweet three days ago in which Trump tweeted that House Republicans should pass the “STRONG BUT FAIR” bill even though Democrats wouldn’t allow it to pass the Senate. A week earlier, he urged Republicans to stop wasting time on the bill until after the elections.

The House overwhelmingly rejected an immigration bill last week.