- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 17, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released a scathing statement following Wednesday’s phone conversation with President Obama, but the commander in chief said Thursday the two men actually “had a very pleasant conversation.”

“You’re always kind of surprised by the mismatch between press releases and the conversation. I wished him a happy Passover and what I said to him privately is something I’ve said publicly, which is there is bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform,” the president said at a press conference. “It would strengthen our economy. It would help our security.”

Mr. Obama’s conversation with Mr. Cantor, Virginia Republican, came just hours after the White House released a statement blasting the House GOP for failing to act on immigration reform. It has now been one year since a bipartisan group of senators passed a massive immigration bill.

After the conversation, Mr. Cantor criticized the president for taking aim at Republicans while at the same time urging them to cooperate on immigration reform.

“After five years, President Obama still has not learned how to effectively work with Congress to get things done. You do not attack the very people you hope to engage in a serious dialogue,” Mr. Cantor said in a statement recounting the conversation.

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