September 6, 2017 / 5:45 PM / 10 months ago

Trump confirms he agreed debt ceiling deal, voices optimism on DACA

ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Sept 6 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had agreed on a three-month increase in the U.S. debt ceiling with congressional leaders that would include hurricane relief funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma approaching Florida.

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump also expressed optimism that Congress would find a permanent solution to help young immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children after his administration announced it would halt a program that allowed them to stay in the country.

“I think they’re going to make a deal. I think Congress really wants to do this,” Trump said.

“I’d like to see something where we have good border security and we have a great DACA transaction where everybody is happy and now they don’t have to worry about it anymore,” Trump said, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton on Air Force One; Additional reporting by Jeff Mason and James Oliphant in Washington; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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