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John Kelly breaks with Trump: 'To be honest, it's not a wall'

01 January 2019, 12:29 | Tara Lloyd

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Outgoing White House chief John Kelly said he had "nothing but compassion" for undocumented migrants crossing into the USA and undercut the idea of a border wall in an interview Sunday that jarred with President Donald Trump's tough rhetoric on immigration.

"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.

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The president's long-promised border wall is at the heart of a federal government shutdown.

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.

"To be honest, it's not a wall", Mr Kelly said, when asked about plans for the border.

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.

Trump discussed 'slow & highly coordinated' exit from Syria with
He said up to 15,000 Syrian fighters trained in Turkey are ready to take part in the operation. Erdogan went on to say: "In Syria, it is a matter of freedom and its territorial integrity".

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".

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