Trump pushes back against aide over border wall
Updated: 5:35 a.m. on January 18
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pushing back against his own chief of staff over the border wall with Mexico.
Trump tweets that "The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it."
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 is now tweeting that some of the wall will be "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 ..."
He's also saying 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."
Posted: 11:40 p.m. on January 17
The White House chief of staff says President Donald Trump's views on immigration are evolving.
And that statement is giving some people hope for a compromise. But perplexing others.
John Kelly's comments come amid a shaky effort to reach a deal to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.
It's a push that the White House and Republicans say they would back if it's coupled with tough border security measures and other restrictions.
Kelly made the remarks Wednesday at a closed-door meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus — according to participants. And he made similar remarks later on Fox News Channel.
Kelly tells Fox that Trump has "very definitely changed his attitude" toward protecting the young immigrants, "and even the wall, once we briefed him."