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         Trump Today: President says Dreamers ‘have nothing to worry about’ for 6 months

This column provides a daily update on key presidential actions as well as comments, whether spoken aloud or on Twitter, by President Trump. Like the stock market, the deadline for Trump Today action is 4 p.m. Eastern time, even as we acknowledge that substantive news can and does occur after hours.

President Donald Trump said Thursday that so-called Dreamers have nothing to worry about during the six months he’s given Congress to work out reforms to an Obama-era immigration program that he rescinded earlier this week. He also praised Kuwait’s emir for being a partner in fighting ISIS, and was scheduled to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan for dinner.

‘NO ACTION,’ TRUMP TWEETS

Trump’s tweet on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was addressed directly to those “concerned about your status during the 6 month period.” On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the program unconstitutional and said it was ending. But that same day, Trump said he would “revisit” the issue if Congress couldn’t “legalize” the program. On Thursday, the president said there would be “no action” over the six-month period.

Trump’s tweet came after a request from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The California Democrat told her colleagues she spoke to Trump and asked him to make it clear that Dreamers protected under DACA won’t be subject to deportation over the next six months. “I was telling my colleagues, ‘this is what I asked the president to do,’ and boom, boom, boom, the tweet appeared,” she told reporters.

HURRICANE UPDATE

Trump met with officials monitoring hurricane preparation and response, as Irma bore down on Florida. He said there are “great teams” of people in place ready to help.

Also read: U.S. stocks bounce around as investors wrestle with ECB, Hurricane Irma.

And: Hurricane Harvey pushes U.S. unemployment claims to two-year high.


         Trump Today: President says Dreamers ‘have nothing to worry about’ for 6 months

TRUMP SEES REASON TO ELIMINATE DEBT CEILING

In brief comments at the White House, Trump said he saw “a lot of good reasons” to eliminate the U.S. debt ceiling. His comments followed a Washington Post report that he and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had agreed on a plan to eliminate regular votes on the borrowing limit. But Republicans in Congress would likely oppose that move.

MEETINGS WITH KUWAITI LEADER, RYAN

The president met with the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, and praised him for helping in the fight against ISIS, as well as for playing a leadership role in trying to end a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Arab neighbors.

Trump is hosting Wisconsin Republican Ryan for dinner at the White House a day after striking a deal to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government through Dec. 8. The Senate approved it Thursday afternoon and the House is expected to take up the legislation shortly.

The meeting with Ryan could be tense. Before the deal was announced, Ryan ripped the idea of tying a short-term increase in the borrowing limit to aid for Hurricane Harvey. And on Thursday morning, he publicly disagreed with Trump on corporate taxes, saying the 15% rate sought by the president won’t work.

See: Paul Ryan targets corporate tax rate in ‘mid-to-low 20s,’ not Trump’s 15%.

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