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Donald Trump insists the border wall will probably be constructed as promised

Donald Trump insists the border wall will probably be constructed as promised

" It is totally false that we are the most unsafe country in the world. There are other parts of the southwest border that are so wild and untamed that there is no traffic that goes through them", Kelly said.

Trump, Kelly added, "changed the ways he's looked at a number of things" - including the wall.

Kelly said on Fox he told the caucus that "they all say things during the course of campaigns that may or may not be fully informed".

Trump responded to the claims Thursday morning, tweeting that plans for the wall have not changed. 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.

As the White House and lawmakers feuded over who said what, prospects of a grand bargain on an issue that has bedevilled successive U.S. administrations receded.

Kelly did not address the vulgar comments controversy, but one of the lawmakers Kelly met with, Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, said in their moderate Republican meeting it came up "briefly" and it was acknowledged that "foul language" was used by multiple people at that meeting.

Kelly stunned Congressional Hispanic Caucus members by also suggesting that Trump's decision to protect "Dreamers" was a "done deal" even though they have yet to work out a compromise over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that the administration is ending. "This determination is not part of our negotiating strategy, but a principle of national sovereignty and dignity".

In an interview later with Fox News, Kelly confirmed making the comments and elaborated, saying the president has gone through an "evolutionary process".

"He campaigned against DACA", Kelly said of Trump, but since then, "he's lightened up".

People hold conversations through the US Mexico border wall at Border Field State Park in California
People hold conversations through the US Mexico border wall at Border Field State Park in California

- - President Trump insisted that he has remained consistent in his plans for a border wall, a day after Chief of Staff John Kelly said the president has "changed his attitude" on it.

Will they pay a political price from their base for not going to the brink - and, perhaps, over - to get help for the undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children? The Democrats want the funding to bring in "dreamer" immigrants (undocumented migrants who came to America as children with their adult immigrant parents) and help them to settle and have a good quality of life.

Congress faces a deadline of midnight on Friday to pass a stopgap measure that would fund federal agencies until next month.

"What worries me is that word 'directly, '" he said. "Guess what? Mexico's paying".

I'm still waiting for Congressman Leonard Lance's answer to, "Who's going to pay for Trump's wall?"

Mr. Kelly explained the administration is now looking at creating a wall across 800 miles (1,300 kms) of the 3,100 km stretch, a move that would include improving already existing fences.

Trump on Sunday tweeted: "DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military".

Shortly after the resolution passed, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling cited physical barriers, the possible impact to property owners, as well as potentially damaging relationships with friends and business acquaintances in Mexico, as reasons why a border wall would be a detriment to the region.

President Donald Trump contradicted his chief of staff over a border wall with Mexico.

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