By Sandra Rose  | 

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The White House flip-flopped a day after Joe Biden denied a report that he is paying illegal immigrants 450,000 each to settle a class action lawsuit.

In a carefully worded statement, White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday that the U.S. President is "perfectly comfortable" paying migrant families separated at the U.S. border in 2018.

Jean-Pierre, standing in for fully vaccinated press secretary Jen Psaki who was tested positive for Covid-19, said Biden will settle with illegal immigrants. However, Jean-Pierre said illegals may not receive $450,000 each.

"If it saves taxpayer dollars and puts the disastrous history of the previous administration's use of 'zero tolerance' and family separation behind us, the President is perfectly comfortable with the Department of Justice settling with the individuals and families who are currently in litigation with the US government."

She wouldn't specify an amount, however, the ACLU has said the Justice Department agreed to pay $450,000 per person and up to $1 million per family.

On Wednesday, Biden, 78, was asked by Fox News' White House correspondent Peter Doocy whether the reports were true.

"It's not true," Biden said. "Yeah. $450,000 per person, is that what you're saying? That's not going to happen."

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reportedly settled a class action lawsuit seeking "damages" for immigrant families who crossed the border into this country illegally.