'He Is a Very Special Guy' - Donald Trump Dismisses John Kelly Controversy

Sergio Conner
January 22, 2018

In an apparent rebuke of Gen Kelly, Mr Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday: "The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it".

"He is great, I think he is doing a great job", Trump aid.

President Donald Trump grew enraged after an interview his chief of staff, John Kelly, gave on Wednesday evening, CNN reported Thursday.

The Foreign Secretariat said that Mexico's position on renegotiating NAFTA will continue to be "serious and constructive, always placing the national interest first and seeking a result in which the three North American countries win".

There has been no clear indication Trump is completely unhappy with Kelly, or that he would dismiss a chief of staff for the second time in less than one year in office. "Yes, we heard him say that", the Arizona Democrat said.

Kelly on Wednesday also told Fox News that Trump's position on certain issues such as protecting immigrants brought to the US illegally as children and his much ballyhooed border wall have "evolved".

Trump said the country "just about never needed our military more than now".

The Mexican Foreign Ministry further disputed Trump's characterization of Mexico as the "most unsafe country in the world".

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One top Republican who has friends inside the White House said today that Kelly could still be on "thin ice" with Trump.

He also reiterated his campaign vow that Mexico will pay for the wall.

Mr Kelly made the remarks about President Trump and the wall on Wednesday at a closed-door meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, participants said, and he made similar comments later on Fox News Channel.

At a January 11 presentation of "The Wall: The real costs of a barrier between the US and Mexico", Felbab-Brown said not only would Mexico never pay for the wall, as President Donald Trump promised, but if it's built at all, funded with taxpayer money, the structure would "not enhance security, it will not stop contraband or people reaching the United States, it's not going to improve USA economic well-being", she said.

In an earlier tweet, Trump said Mexico would pay for the wall "directly or indirectly", pointing to ongoing free trade negotiations. He also said Trump had adjusted his view on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects some young unauthorized immigrants from deportation but is being wound down by the Trump administration. "Please don't use that term", she said.

Another lawmaker, Rep. Luis, Gutierrez, D-Ill., said Kelly told them that "there were statements made about the wall that were not informed statements".

"T$3 here are places where hydrographically, geographically, a wall would not be realistic".

Kelly also said that there will be no wall "that Mexico will pay for". The US government might shut down if the Democrats and the Republicans can't get along, which they never, ever can.

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