'The $20 billion dollar Wall is "peanuts" compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S. NAFTA is a bad joke!'
Some Democrats who met with Trump aide John Kelly on Wednesday say Kelly told them there are parts of the border where a wall isn't needed and that Trump didn't know that when making campaign promises.
Trump's view of the wall has evolved as officials and ground explain the realities of the border, Kelly added.
"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.
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I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. "That's their choice", Durbin said. But she says she doesn't "dispute the president was using tough language".
Yesterday, Mr Trump said that terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would result in the "best deal" to revamp the 24-year-old trade pact with Canada and Mexico in favour of U.S. interests.
During an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday night, Kelly said Trump has "evolved" in his outlook.
"Campaigning is very different from governing", said Mr Kelly on Wednesday..
In a tweet, Times Trump-whisperer Maggie Haberman notes that the president's "annoyance" with Kelly has been growing, noting the low morale in the Kelly era.
The anti-immigration barrier has become the president's sole shoddy bargaining chip as he attempts to come to an agreement with the Democrats regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), but for whatever reason, in his mind, if DACA is to stay, so must the border wall - and there is no compromise.
Mr Kelly elaborated in an interview later with Fox News, saying the Republican president's views had "evolved".
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If Congress fails to act, funding for the CHIP program is scheduled to expire March 31. "We know what needs to be funded". That essentially means if the shutdown happens, we'll be paying people for doing work that is not being done.
Trump had repeatedly promised during his campaign, and over the course of his first year in office, that the US would build a massive border wall and that Mexico would pay for it.
Interestingly, Kelly repeatedly praised Trump's "flexibility" in office.
President Donald Trump during an interview with Reuters in Washington. 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.
Kelly also took credit for steering Trump in a more moderate direction during the sit-down, which was reportedly called at the urging of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), as the deadline for government funding creeps closer. Mr Trump has insisted that funding for his proposed wall along the US-Mexican border also be included.
Mexico's foreign ministry has reiterated that the country will not pay for the construction of the wall under any circumstances.
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The Senate needs 60 votes in the affirmative to pass a spending bill. The bill passed mostly along partisan lines, by a 230-197 margin.
Kelly told Fox News host Brett Baier in Washington on Wednesday that he was confident about a deal to allow so-called Dreamers to stay in the US, but both Democrats and Republicans have been frustrated by the inability to strike one that the president approves.