US Prez says Mexico wall idea is intact

Saturday, 20 Jan, 2018

While chief of staff John Kelly said Mexico would not pay for the border wall, US President Donald Trump denied the comments saying that Mexico would pay "directly or indirectly" for the boundary wall while adding Mexico is "the number one most risky country in the world".

"The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it", Trump tweeted, using the same words Kelly did. Though Trump attacks the deal as being bad for workers in the USA, citing trade imbalances as evidence, a majority of U.S. states export billions of dollars' worth of goods to Mexico and Canada every year. Trump said in another tweet that described Mexico as "now rated the most risky country in the world".

On Wednesday, the president's chief of staff, John Kelly, said Trump was not fully informed when he promised to build a wall a year ago.

Mr Kelly said the administration was looking at creating a wall across 800 miles (1,300km) of the 3,100km stretch.

The White House defended Kelly's comments, asserting that Trump was more frustrated with the media for fueling the controversy.

CEO and longtime Trump ally Christopher Ruddy told the Post that Trump's rage toward Kelly was because he felt the retired general was speaking out of turn on an issue very dear to the president's base, immigration.

The proposed wall between the two countries was a topic of much debate during Trump's election campaign.

Without a long-term budget deal by midnight Friday, the federal government faces a possible shutdown.

In an apparent response to Kelly's comments, Trump said Thursday on Twitter the wall "has never changed or evolved" from what he initially planned for.

"Certain things are said during the campaign that are uninformed", Kelly said.

Kelly also reportedly told Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday that Trump's campaign promises were "uninformed". They've said it doesn't go far enough in meeting their demands to build the wall, reduce family-based immigration categories, and eliminate the diversity visa lottery.

"He has evolved in the way he's looked at things", Kelly continued.

Trump also criticized Russian Federation. There is a bipartisan bill on the table that has support from both sides of the aisle, but the president will not be happy with any legislation presented on the Congressional floor that does not include an initial wave of funding for the border wall he promised to his base. "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.