Trump denies changing view on Mexico wall

Trump denies changing view on Mexico wall

Trump denies changing view on Mexico wall

Trump said that his plan for a wall along the Mexican border has "never changed or evolved", in tweets posted after his chief of staff said he was not "fully informed" when he pledged to build it past year.

In his first Mexico-related tweet of the day, Trump wrote, "The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it".

White House chief of staff John Kelly suggested during an interview Wednesday with Fox News that then-candidate Donald Trump was not "fully informed" when he promised to build a wall along the entire border with Mexico.

Though this was the most public rebuke of Kelly that Trump has delivered, it is not the first time the president has chafed under the watch of his chief of staff since he took up the job in late July.

During his election campaign, Mr. Trump insisted that Mexico would pay for the border wall in its entirety, however, Mr. Kelly says they are now looking at alternative ways to raise the needed funds, including possible visa fees or renegotiating the Nafta trade deal.

As House Republican leaders worked to avoid a government shutdown by rounding up votes for a short-term spending bill, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Wednesday expressed optimism that Congress will work out a deal to protect participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

He added that he had persuaded Trump that he did not need the wall and said the president's opinion on the once-sacred barrier had "evolved".

"Concrete wall is not a realistic solution in many places", Kelly said, noting that the physical features of portions of the border would make it challenging to construct a wall along the 2,100-mile stretch between the USA and Mexico.

"Certain things are said during the campaign that are not fully informed", Kelly reported said.

"In President Trump's world, you can have disagreements privately or publicly, but immigration is a hot-button issue for him, and it's something he doesn't like to see disagreements on, especially publicly", Ruddy said.

"At what point do you quit kicking the can down the road and passing just another CR in hopes that things get better in a few weeks", said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a leader of the chamber's most conservative faction.

"Campaign to governing are two different things and this president has been very, very flexible in terms of what is within the realms of the possible". He made a series of calls to associates and vented about his chief of staff, bitterly complaining that Kelly made him look like a flip-flopper on his signature campaign issue, according to a person familiar with the conversations but not authorized to discuss private conversations.

Democrats want the bill to include protections for immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children, known as "Dreamers". Part of negotiators' problem has been uncertainty over what Trump would accept.

The border between the United States and Mexico spans about 1,900 miles, of which almost 700 miles are now covered by walls and fences.

"A concrete wall from sea to shining sea" is not going to happen, Kelly said according to attendees.

"We need the Wall for the safety and security of our country".

Many Democrats have said that without an immigration deal in sight, they'll vote against a Republican bill preventing a weekend government shutdown.

The flare-up comes at a crucial time for the administration with the clock ticking down to a government shutdown on Friday night.

Kelly has repeatedly said that he doesn't pay attention to the president's tweets.

As recently as Sunday, Trump was far more pessimistic about the program's future and criticized its Democratic supporters.

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