"An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media", Trump contended in a Twitter remark. "What we're talking about is a physical barrier where it makes sense".
"The president still says "wall" - oftentimes frankly he'll say "barrier" or "fencing"; now he's tended toward steel slats", Kelly told the Times.
Speaking of the wall, Gen. Kelly said that after consultation with border patrol agents it became clear that a continuous, opaque structure would not be suitable for stemming the flow of illegal immigrants. He also said the compromise should include changes in federal law to discourage people from trying to enter the USA illegally.
Trump has declined to comment on whether he might accept less than $5 billion for wall funding.
Trump also sought to push back against Democratic arguments that a border wall is an antiquated approach to illegal immigration. Trump held out for billions in federal funds for a border wall between the US and Mexico, which Democrats have said they were intent on blocking.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has vowed to pass legislation as soon as she takes the gavel, which is expected when the new Congress convenes, to reopen the nine shuttered departments and dozens of agencies now hit by the partial shutdown.
Trump said in the widely televised Oval Office meeting on December 11 that he would accept blame for any shutdown, but since it began, he's insisted that Democrats are at fault. White House officials have said Trump could be open to this idea again, though Democrats say they don't trust Trump to complete the deal without adding demands at the last minute.
In a series of tweets on Monday, he urged Democrats need to return from vacation and give Republicans the votes necessary for border security.
It remains to be seen, however, if the White House will go along with this plan.
The president shut down the government, demanding $5 billion for his border wall but Democrats have refused to meet the demand.
Nancy Pelosi is set to reclaim the speaker's gavel on Thursday, when Democrats take control of the House of Representatives. "Veterans on President Trump's handling of Border Security - 62% Approval Rating", Trump tweeted Sunday, referring to AP VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 115,000 midterm voters - including more than 4,000 current and former service members - conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago. Trump is insisting that Democrats fund the wall, which they oppose.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a key Trump ally on some issues, met with the president on Sunday and told reporters afterward he was optimistic that Republicans, Democrats and Trump could reach a deal to end the shutdown that includes wall funding and legal status for some illegal immigrants.
No end in sight for United States government shutdown
As Breitbart News reported on Friday, reports revealed that Pelosi was spending the shutdown at a luxurious resort in Hawaii. He's still at the White House, awaiting work by Congress on those spending bills that government employees are depending on.
The shutdown is forcing hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors to stay home or work without pay, and many are experiencing mounting stress from the impasse. Gates are closed at some national parks, the government won't issue new federal flood insurance policies and in NY, the chief judge of Manhattan federal courts suspended work on civil cases involving USA government lawyers, including several civil lawsuits in which Trump himself is a defendant. "Nobody wins in a shutdown, we all lose".
Andros Townsend wonder goal stuns Manchester City
City's response was disjointed before Sane cracked the outside of the right post with a 77th-minute free-kick. But it proved to be too little, too late as the hosts fell to their first home defeat of the season .
OPEC says it replaced Iran oil loss
Early Tuesday, the EIA said the U.S.is set to end 2018 as the world's top oil producer. It was only a one-week blip, however, as US imports exceeded exports last week.
White House: US Starts Withdrawing Troops From Syria
Jennifer Cafarella, a Syria expert at the Institute for the Study of War, said the withdrawal is likely to create new problems. Even the military defeat of the southeastern Syrian pocket now under attack, McGurk said, would take several more months.
Trump tweets he's alone at White House
It looks like Christmas will be over and done with before the federal government will have a chance to get fully back to business. Byungsuk Ko / EyeEm via Getty Images The Statue of Liberty will remain open after an emergency injection of state funds.
Lasith Malinga picked up in IPL auction
Hard-hitting wicketkeeper batsman Nicholas Pooran will join Kings XI's squad, for INR 4.2 crores (approx Dollars 583,000). Patel, who made his name at KXIP, was bought by Delhi Capitals after a bidding battle with the Punjab franchise.
Sanchez denies he had £20k bet on Mourinho getting sacked
The tweet did not go down well with Manchester United stalwart Gary Neville, who tweeted back telling Pogba to "do one as well". Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to be managing Manchester United beyond this season. "I'll take time getting to know them".