Nobody knows what Trump is doing. Not even Trump.
Minutes later, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), took the opposite view, threatening to use a "discharge petition" with Democrats to force a vote on protecting the dreamers if the House doesn't act.
Ryan put the responsibility right back on Trump for the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) legislation. "We will not be advancing legislation that does not have the support of President Trump, because we're going to work with the president on how to do this legislation," he said. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) urged Trump to lead.
But what does Trump support?
"We love the dreamers. ... We think the dreamers are terrific," Trump said last week, four days before putting them in jeopardy of deportation.
"I have a great heart for the folks we are talking about, a great love for them," Trump said on the same day his administration announced the end of protection for the dreamers.
What does the president want? Nobody knows -- not his advisers, not his fellow Republicans in Congress, and probably not Trump himself.
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