Trump says the border wall 'has never changed or evolved,' contradicting Chief of Staff John Kelly
<p class="speakable">President Trump tweeted early Thursday that his border wall “has never changed or evolved,” following White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's suggestion the president’s attitude toward his paramount campaign promise had “changed.” </p><p class="speakable">“The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it. Parts will be, of necessity, see through and it was never intended to be built in areas where there is natural protection such as mountains, wastelands or tough rivers or water,” Trump tweeted.</p>
But on Wednesday, Kelly told Fox News that the president had “changed” his view. “This president, if you see what he has done, he has changed the way he has looked at a number of things,” Kelly said in exclusive interview on “Special Report” Wednesday. “He’s very definitely changed his attitude toward DACA and even the wall.” He added: "“Campaign to governing are two different things, and this president has been very, very flexible in terms of what is within the realm of the possible.” During the interview, Kelly was pressed over comments The Washington Post said he made to Democrats, suggesting Trump "wasn't fully informed" when he promised to make a wall that stretched across the entire U.S.-Mexico border."There's been an evolutionary process that this president has gone through... and I pointed out to all the members that were in the room that they all say things during the course of campaigns that may or may not be fully informed,” Kelly said. <b><a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/17/john-kelly-suggests-trump-wasnt-fully-informed-when-promised-wall-across-entire-border.html" target="_blank">JOHN KELLY SUGGESTS TRUMP WASN'T 'FULLY INFORMED' WHEN HE PROMISED WALL ACROSS ENTIRE BORDER</a></b> The president tweeted again, moments later, promising that the wall will be paid for by Mexico—as he vowed throughout his 2016 presidential campaign.
“The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the U.S. The $20 billion dollar Wall is ‘peanuts’ compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S. NAFTA is a bad joke!” he said.