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 Trump administration officials say Trump will not meet with lawmakers  Advertisement LIVE LIVE LIVE 00:00   Trump administration official says Trump will meet with legislators to discuss DACA issue             Embed  Copy Share    Share on Facebook           Embed   Trump administration officials tell CNN they are optimistic the president will meet privately with lawmakers to discuss his decision to end DACA.

The administration official told CNN on Tuesday that the administration officials said Trump would not meet at the White House with lawmakers on Thursday to discuss ending DACA, the controversial legislation that grants legal protections to immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

The official said that the White Trump administration is hopeful the president would meet privately at the U.S. Capitol Thursday with members of Congress to discuss what to do about the issue.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of the American Immigration Council on March 6 in Washington.

“It is a bipartisan issue,” the official said, referring to DACA.

“We would like to see a bipartisan approach.”     The official added that the president is not committed to ending DACA.

He added that Trump is committed to DACA as a way to ensure DACA recipients are protected in the immigration system.

As the president prepares to issue an executive order, the official added, he will be meeting with his advisers to determine what steps will be taken to ensure the DACA recipients remain protected in their status in the country.

While the official was not able to say what the White the White would be meeting Wednesday with members, he said the administration is confident the president understands the importance of the DACA issue.

The official told the news organization that DACA is a major priority for the White.

“There are more than 40 million people in this country who have DACA who have been in this nation for years,” the source said.

“They have a pathway to stay in the U, but we have a DACA program that we are implementing.”

The official also said the White believes DACA is the right thing to do for the American people.

 “We believe it is a critical national security issue,” he said.