Here's all anyone knows for sure about the DACA meeting: It took place

On Wednesday evening, Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer announced they had concluded a victorious meeting with President Trump in which they said they had agreed on an immigration reform package that both protected DACA recipients and included components of border security minus a wall.

The two released a statement late Wednesday night saying they had specifically “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.”


But on Thursday, top Republicans flatly denied the existence of an agreement on immigration reform, which would present a stark departure from the conservative voices in the party.

First, the President himself appeared to backtrack on the alleged agreement, saying in two tweets Thursday that not only was there “no deal” on DACA — the U.S. southern border wall was still being built.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also chimed in, saying DACA and border security were merely “discussed” in the meeting and asserted that no deal had been reached.

House Speaker Paul Ryan — who was not in the meeting — also flatly denied there had been any agreement made on immigration.

“First off, there’s no agreement,” Ryan told assembled reporters. “The President and the chief of staff called me from Air Force One today, to discuss what was discussed — and it was a discussion, not an agreement or a negotiation.”

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas also told reporters that the deal did not exist..

“There is no deal currently made,” Cornyn said. “And, of course, there are 535 members of Congress who will take part — part of this conversation, and I know people have a lot of interest in discussing it.” He also tweeted a link to an article by RollCall titled, “Trump Denies Schumer-Pelosi Claim of Agreement on DACA, Wall.”

Some politicians went so far as to allege that Democrats hadn’t properly understood what had happened in the meeting. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, for example, told CNN that “As vigorous as the Democrats were, they were evidently wrong in their interpretation of the meeting, which obviously I’m happy for,” Grassley said.

And Majority leader Mitch McConnell also issued a mild statement skirting the controversy.

“As Congress debates the best ways to address illegal immigration through strong border security and interior enforcement, DACA should be part of those discussions,” McConnell said in a statement Thursday. “We look forward to receiving the Trump administration’s legislative proposal as we continue our work on these issues.”

The debate over what, exactly, occurred in the meeting is particularly noteworthy, in part because Trump broke with the GOP to side with Democrats just last week, reaching an agreement on a three-month extension on the debt ceiling.

But despite the criticism, Democrats aren’t backtracking. In a morning news conference Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reiterated the existence of the agreement and specifically noted the government’s newfound commitment to finding a pathway to citizenship for 800,000 young DACA recipients living in the United States.