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Trump proves he is a parrot

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Replied Trump: "I think a lot of people would agree with that. We need our military."

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., paddled Trump back the other way, saying more military spending would have to be accompanied by similar hikes for domestic programs such as infrastructure.

Replied Trump: "I think we can do a great infrastructure bill."

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Minutes after Hoyer invoked the phrase "comprehensive immigration reform" -- a phrase hard-liners see as code for "amnesty" -- Trump was using the phrase, too.

"When you talk about comprehensive immigration reform," Trump said (after Sen. Lindsey Graham, a GOP maverick, had also floated the idea), "which is where I would like to get to eventually -- if we do the right bill here, we are not very far way."

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., both said border security and a solution to "chain migration" -- a conservative priority -- must be included in the DACA bill. Trump readily agreed.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., proposed the opposite, a "clean DACA bill" -- that is, without border security and chain migration -- before taking up a comprehensive overhaul, and Trump said, "I would like to do that."

McCarthy, alarmed, swatted Trump back in the other direction. He reiterated that the DACA bill should include border security and chain migration.

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