Trump insists he never gave up on ‘all concrete wall’ as he throws shade at outgoing chief of staff John Kelly for saying White House abandoned the idea ‘early on in the administration’
- White House Chief of Staff said in an interview that Trump long ago gave up on the kind of concrete border wall he promised during the 2016 campaign
- President insisted Monday that he will still integrate concrete wall segments into a hybrid approach
- Most of what he’s discussing, however, is a ‘steel slat’ solution that combines strength with see-through visibility
- Trump originally described a ‘fence’ as he tested the presidential waters in early 2015
President Donald Trump insisted Monday that he hasn’t ruled out concrete slabs as elements of the border ‘wall’ he promised while he ran for president.
‘An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media,’ the president insisted in a morning tweet on the last day of 2018.
‘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!’
President Donald Trump pushed back against outgoing White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Monday, insisting he’s never completely abandoned the idea of building sections of concrete wall along the U.S.-Mexico border
The president tweeted that concrete slabs could be one part of a hybrid system of different kinds of barriers
Outgoing White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Sunday that ‘early on in the administration’ the president and his advisers gave up onthe idea of a solid wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
‘The president still says “wall” – oftentimes frankly he’ll say “barrier” or “fencing,” now he’s tended toward steel slats,’ Kelly said.
‘But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it.’
The president began his quest to block drug traffickers and illegal immigrants from traveling north into the U.S. by describing a ‘fence’ early on in 2015.
That later changed to a ‘wall’ during campaign rallies. But as president, he has embraced the idea of see-through metal barriers that can allow U.S. Border Patrol agents to keep an eye on the other side.
As John kelly prepares to leave the White House, he told the Los Angeles Times that Trump long ago abandoned the idea of a Game of Thromes-style solid wall on the southern border
In a January 2015 interview in Des Moines, Iowa, an optimistic Trump described his gfencing plan as a lark compared to the steel and stone skyscrapers he was accustomed to erecting.
‘The fence would be done at a very reasonable cost, relative to the value, and nobody would be able to penetrate that fence,’ he said then.
Minutes later onstage the future president said: ‘It has to be a beauty. Who can build better than Trump? I’ve built lots of buildings. Fences are easy – believe me.’
‘If I run and if I win, I would certainly start by building a very, very powerful one.’