Trump says concrete wall was ‘never abandoned,’ contradicting Kelly’s comments
SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump defended his promise to build a solid wall along the U.S.-Mexico border early Monday, one day after outgoing chief of staff John Kelly said in an interview that erecting a concrete wall along the entire border was already off the table.
The president tweeted Monday morning that the concrete wall was “NEVER ABANDONED.”
“Some areas will be all concrete but the experts at Border Patrol prefer a Wall that is see through (thereby making it possible to see what is happening on both sides). Makes sense to me!” he tweeted.
An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media. Some areas will be all concrete but the experts at Border Patrol prefer a Wall that is see through (thereby making it possible to see what is happening on both sides). Makes sense to me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2018
Trump blamed the media in the tweet, even though Sunday’s news cycle reported on Kelly’s comments.
In an interview published in the Los Angeles Times Sunday, Kelly, who will be leaving his post this week, gave a wide-ranging account of some of the president’s policies, including immigration and the border wall.
“To be honest, it’s not a wall,” Kelly told the paper.
The interview comes as Trump is feuding with Democrats over funding for a border wall and security.
Kelly described in the interview coming into the job in early 2017 and seeking advice from border patrol agents, among others who secure the area.
“They said, ‘Well we need a physical barrier in certain places, we need technology across the board, and we need more people,’” he told The Times.
He added that the president uses the word “wall” often, but actually uses “barrier” or “fencing” to describe security measures along the border.
“But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration,” Kelly said, “when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it.”
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