The White House chief of staff, John Kelly, who will step outside the Trump government within days, claimed in the comments released on Sunday that the president's proposed border project was "not a wall" and abandoned all plans for a concrete wall Long ago – that directly contradicts the repeated allegations of the White House.
In a series of Twitter posts earlier this month, Trump insisted that "we're not building concrete walls, so we're building artistically designed steel slats." You can easily see through it. But Kelly's comments seem to have contradicted the president's tweet on Friday calling for "money for the completion of the wall" and his promises during and after the presidential campaign of 201
The relationship between Trump and Kelly is said to be in Months have deteriorated lately, and in early December Trump announced that the retired four-star naval general would "move on soon," even though he had already suggested staying in the post by 2020.
With the Los Angeles Times: " The president still says "wall" – often he is frankly called "barrier" or "fencing", now he tends to steel fins. But we left a solid concrete wall early in the administration. We asked people what they needed and where they needed it.
Within hours, the White House repressed Kelly's comments by highlighting Trump's earlier tweets on the subject.
"I think a lot of people who do not want to worry about border security and get Congress to do its job and close the loopholes insist that it's a wall, a wall or a wall "Trump consultant Kellyanne Conway told CNN Sunday. "The president said, he said last week, and he tweeted images of steel fins, which is already happening in California."
She added: "It really depends on what customs and border patrol say And they said they need barriers The president says a wall barrier, the president says they need steel fins They need technological improvements.
But in response to news that a second migrant child died in the custody of US officials this month, Trump apparently suggested that Border Patrol agents actually want a wall.
"To be honest, it's not a wall."
And on Sunday, Trump said the US needs a wall that is just "slightly bigger" than what it has called The "presidential complex" of former President Obama.
The President also doubled his election pledge that Mexico would finance the Wall – and suggested in an earlier tweet that he had kept that promise.
"Mexico is (indirectly) paying for the wall with the new USMCA replacing NAFTA!" Trump wrote. "Far more money for the US Because of the enormous dangers at the border, including the crime of large scale offenders and drug inflows, the US military will build the wall!"
Jakelin Caal, 7, and 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo were imprisoned this month after their arrival with their undocumented fathers. Jakelin suffered from dehydration and shock while Felipe died shortly before 23:50. on Christmas Eve, after he had flu-like symptoms.
Felipe's father, Agustin Gomez, had used "the opportunity" to travel to the Mexican border in the hope of going to the USA for a rumor, Catarina Gomez Lucas.
"We heard rumors that they could go over (to the US) and said they could go over with the kids," Lucas told the Associated Press.
Fox News Has Learned This Behind the Scenes At the weekend, several Senators are discussing a new potential compromise to end the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government. A bipartisan proposal is to provide US $ 5.7 billion in funding for the Wall and re-empower the US President for the Obama era (DACA) for those illegally brought to the US as children, as well as some other immigrant provisions.
There has also been talk of a special allowance for some classes of Central American refugees who should be given a more robust asylum status.
Speaking to CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham proposed a compromise – albeit on one condition only.
"To my friends of the Democrats: Without wall funding there will never be a deal," Graham said.
Regardless, Kelly told The Times He made sure that the President, despite the critics' claims, was always up to date before making important decisions.
"It has never been this way: The President just wants to make a decision that is based on no knowledge or ignorance," Kelly said in the paper. "You may not like his decision, but he was at least fully aware of the implications."
Kelly pointed to a potential big change in retirement, noting that he is currently working from 4 to 9 pm and has restricted freedom of movement.
"I am guarded by the secret service. I can not even get a beer, "he joked.
Fox News & # 39; Chad Pergram contributed to this report.