Washington, D.C. — President Donald Trump reacts to the remarks made by John Kelly who said the president’s view about the US-Mexico wall had changed.
While chief of staff John Kelly said Mexico would not pay for the border wall, US President Donald Trump denied the comments saying that Mexico would pay “directly or indirectly” for the boundary wall while adding Mexico is “the number one most dangerous country in the world.”
The rebuttal was made through his Twitter account in a series of morning tweets as a reaction to the statements made by his chief of staff. According to Trump, “the wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through long-term reimbursement, by Mexico,” and then referred to NAFTA is “a bad joke”.
“The Wall is “peanuts” compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S.,” he added.
He also reaffirmed that his plan for the wall “has never changed or evolved since the first day I conceived of it”.
As part of his monologue on Twitter, Trump also said that the wall is “necessary” for the security of the United States and stressed that Mexico “is now rated the number one most dangerous country in the world.”
Kelly’s claim that Trump’s views on immigration had evolved at a time when lawmakers were trying to reach an agreement to protect hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth, known as Dreamers, from deportation. Both the White House and the Republicans have said that they will support such an agreement as long as it is conditioned by a tightening of border security measures and other restrictions.
Lawmakers continue to struggle to reach a bipartisan agreement to protect the Dreamers, which make up around 800,000 young people who arrived to the United States as children either because their parents entered the country illegally or because they stayed behind once their visas expired.
They could be deported if they do not have legal protection. Part of the negotiators’ problem has been uncertainty about what Trump would accept, however, in one of his latest Tweets, he says that “if there is no wall, there is no deal!”