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Conservatives lash out at Trump after alleged DACA agreement with Pelosi, Schumer

DACA deal or no deal?
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Conservatives are lashing out against President Trump after Democratic leaders in Congress claimed that they had reached a deal with the president to draft legislation that would protect people who came to the U.S. illegally as children and include border security measures, excluding the wall.

In a joint statement Wednesday night following dinner with Mr. Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said, "We 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."

While the president denied Thursday morning on Twitter that a deal was reached, he seemed to repeat the parameters of the agreement as he left the White House for a day-trip to Florida.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who has been a major supporter of Mr. Trump and his immigration policies, tweeted Thursday that Trump is leading with "DACA Amnesty 2017."

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, didn't seem happy Thursday. 

Breitbart, the conservative site run by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, posted a headline, "Amnesty Don." Right-wing activist Ann Coulter even suggested on Twitter that the president should be impeached.  

Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted that he blames Republicans.

Some Republicans, on the other hand, praised the president, including Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, and Rep. Peter King, R-New York.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, who's retiring, weighed in Thursday morning about the mixed messages from both sides.

Democrats, meanwhile, were applauding their leaders for negotiating an initial agreement.

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