Trump Says Wall Position Has Never Changed, Despite Kelly Interview

President Trump holds up an executive order to start the Mexico border wall project during a signing ceremony at the Department of Homeland Security facility

John Kelly suggests Trump wasn't 'fully informed' when he promised wall across entire border

U.S. President Donald Trump insisted Thursday in a series of tweets his views on a border wall with Mexico have not evolved, pushing back against his own chief of staff's comments to lawmakers.

And in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday night, Kelly didn't deny saying those things. "I may terminate NAFTA", Mr Trump said in an interview with Reuters.

Whether a deal on immigration is close is still not clear, but Kelly said he's optimistic. "He doesn't restrict access to the President among those who need to see the President", he said.

Once again we find that Donald Trump and his chief advisors and aides can't get on the same page on practically anything.

"The president is pretty happy with his job overall", Ruddy said of Kelly. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), who attempted to befriend Trump, only to have Trump rip the rug out from under him on immigration. It's very hard, "riveted Kelly". Trump said in another tweet that described Mexico as "now rated the most risky country in the world".

Trump tweeted after posting the page link: "Despite some very corrupt and dishonest media coverage, there are many great reporters I respect and lots of GOOD NEWS for the American people to be proud of!"

"I don't think John Kelly's irrational". "He is a very special guy".

"Kelly has finally ventured into Steve Bannon territory when it comes to trying to create the perception that he's the 'great manipulator, ' saving the country from Trump's ignorance", the source told Axios.

"No, he did not say that", Trump said. "He didn't say it the way you would like him to say it". Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, is known for his strict style, and his presence has reined in some of the more freewheeling practices in the Trump White House.

"Negotiating with this White House is like negotiating with jello, it is next to impossible", Schumer said at a press conference. It is rare to see a White House chief of staff undercut a president's public statements.

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A second Republican with ties to the White House added: "This kind of thing isn't that different than how everything runs every day".

Both Republicans spoke on the condition of anonymity to offer a more candid assessment.

Here's the top-ranking Republican, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), publicly pleading with Trump for guidance on Wednesday: "I'm looking for something that President Trump supports, and he has not yet indicated what measure he is willing to sign". "He knows how important it is to his base". The meeting was "cordial" and "positive", participants said, but didn't produce any new path toward an agreement. "Guess what? Mexico's paying".

Trump frequently promised during the campaign that he would build a wall and "Mexico will pay for it". He said the USA needs a wall "to help stop the massive inflow of drugs from Mexico, now rated the number one most unsafe country in the world".

Another source in the room with access to notes from the meeting told CNN that Kelly was talking about the difference between campaign speech and actual policy, saying, "You make campaign promises but then you learn the reality of governing, which is hard".

But lawmakers pushed back against the administration's proposals to reduce the numbers of visas for family members, warning Kelly away from using the term "chain" migration that many in the Hispanic Caucus, in particular, find offensive.

"He called the meeting to listen, is how he framed it", Rep. Pete Aguilar of California said of Kelly.

According to the reports, Kelly told lawmakers some parts of the border do not need a wall and there will be no physical barrier "that Mexico will pay for".

Kelly also told caucus members that he had tempered Trump's negative view of DACA and that the president was committed to finding a solution to replace the program, which protects some 780,000 so-called "Dreamers". The $18 billion he's asking for now would pay for about 900 miles of wall.

"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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