Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Trump slaps down chief of staff on border wall 'evolution'

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly acknowledged Wednesday that President Donald Trump has'changed his position on major campaign pledges like the border wall that was supposed to stretch from sea to shining sea John Kelly suggests Trump wasn't 'fully informed' when he promised wall across entire border
Ellis Copeland | 20 January, 2018, 04:10

He's great. I think he's doing a great job. He praised his chief of staff, saying Kelly "has done a really great job".

Six months ago, President Donald Trump tapped Gen. John Kelly as his new chief of staff. Kelly was advertised as bringing message discipline, coordination and adult leadership.

While President Trump's opinion on which countries he'd like to see future U.S. immigrants come from has been clearly defined, but the same can not be said about the status of his much-beleaguered campaign promise to erect a wall along the Southern U.S. border.

The only thing both Trump and Kelly seem to agree upon is that what comprises the border wall has changed.

Though the retired Marine general had made similar remarks about the wall before, Trump fumed when he saw the interview Wednesday night. "He didn't say it the way you would like him to say it".

Hope to prevent a shutdown was further complicated by Trump's insistence on discussing a border wall on Thursday morning. Throughout his campaign and presidency, Trump has redefined the wall itself, beginning with a tall, solid piece of construction stretching across the U.S. -Mexico border, to allowing pieces of it to be "see through" and now implementing already-existing natural protections alongside man-made elements.

The White House defended Kelly's comments, asserting that Trump was more frustrated with the media for fueling the controversy. The comments contradict statements from Chief of Staff John Kelly as well as Trump's own record. Did the white house to invoke executive privilege? No. Trump said in another tweet that described Mexico as "now rated the most risky country in the world".

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That's pretty strong language, even if McConnell pulled up short of handing Trump a "fake policy" award.

"The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer term reimbursement, by Mexico", he wrote.

Mexico's foreign ministry reiterated again in a statement following Trump's tweet that it would not pay "in any way and under any circumstance" for a border wall on the USA side of its border with the Spanish-speaking country.

Mr Kelly said on Fox he told the caucus that "they all say things during the course of campaigns that may or may not be fully informed".

A "concrete wall is not a realistic solution in many places", Kelly said - noting that topography, among other issues, makes building a physical wall hard along certain parts of the more than 2,100 miles between the United States and Mexico. We need more Republicans to continue our already successful agenda!

During the campaign, Mr Trump's supporters cheered whenever he promised a barrier along the 3200 km US-Mexico frontier to keep out drug smugglers and undocumented immigrants and have Mexico pay for it. "So in one way or another, it's possible that we could get the revenue from Mexico but not directly from their government", he said.

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