John Kelly breaks with Trump: 'To be honest, it's not a wall'

31 December, 2018, 01:57 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq

But in his Los Angeles Times interview, Kelly suggested his tenure should be judged on the actions that Trump did not engage in, as opposed to the ones he did.

"People who just want to say "wall, wall, wall" want it to be a four-letter word and not respect what Customs and Border Patrol and ICE tell us they need, which is enhancements at the border", she said. Congressional Democrats have rejected that figure and in recent weeks have refused to publicly endorse a figure above $US1.3 billion, which continues existing funding levels and includes money for new border fencing and levee walls, but not the concrete wall Trump once demanded before he started more recently talking about "steel slats".

Mr Kelly will leave the White House on Wednesday after 17 months.

Trump has declined to comment on whether he might accept less than $5 billion for wall funding.

Lines of cars wait to enter the U.S.at the San Ysidro border crossing, December 21, 2018.

CNN host Dana Bash confronted White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday after she blamed Democrats for using migrant children deaths in custody as "political pawns".

No barrier: Central American migrants cross the US-Mexico border fence from Tijuana to San Diego County. "Things are already happening in California in terms of that". And they have said they need barriers.

While Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said the president "apparently lacks any capacity for human empathy" during an interview on MSNBC.

Two children from Guatemala, an eight-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl, have died in US custody in the last several weeks, sparking an worldwide outcry.

"To be honest, it's not a wall". The father of the young girl said it was not their fault, he hadn't given her water in days.


Media captionHow will President Trump deliver on border wall promise?

Working as Trump's chief of staff has been a "bone-crushing hard job", Kelly mused, "but you do it". NAFTA, which was negotiated this year, is set to be replaced in 2019 by the U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.

But Schumer and likely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are sticking with their offer of $1.3 billion for border security, without allowing the administration to build new sections of wall.

Jakelin Caal, 7, and 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo were each detained this month after entering the USA with their undocumented fathers.

While Mexico would see a proportionally greater impact, a border closure could also increase inflation and unemployment rates in the USA, according to Moody's Analytics Director Alfredo Coutino.

Some federal workers began to feel the pain of the partial USA government shutdown on Friday.

Trump earlier had upped the brinkmanship by threatening anew to close the border with Mexico to press Congress to cave to his demand for money to pay for a wall.

"This is only about the Dems not letting Donald Trump & the Republicans have a win", Trump tweeted Thursday.

Almost 70 people have been intercepted in the past three days as they try to reach England by crossing one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. Lindsey Graham, who said he hoped to end the shutdown by offering Democrats incentives to get them to vote for wall funding.

It marked the starkest admission yet by the president's inner circle that his signature campaign pledge, which sparked fervent chants of "build that wall" during Mr Trump's rallies and is now at the center of a budgetary standoff, would not be fulfilled as advertised.

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