Only days earlier Trump had said he could not change the controversial policy using presidential powers.
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White House officials, advocates and congressional leaders were blindsided Wednesday when word emerged that Trump was considering doing precisely what he'd forcefully claimed he couldn't do – act unilaterally to quell a growing humanitarian and political crisis.White House officials offered little explanation for the reversal or why the president didn't act sooner.That came in the form of the executive order, which Justice Department lawyers had drafted in the days earlier in case the president should want that option.Despite the presidential pomp – Trump gave Nielsen the marker he used to sign the order – the president's action is unlikely to completely fix the problem.House Speaker Paul Ryan heard about it as he was taking wayward GOP lawmakers to a midday meeting with Trump at the White House to cajole them to vote for a sweeping immigration bill.GOP leaders quickly convinced Trump to reverse course and hours later he tweeted his support.
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