President Donald Trump claimed Thursday that Mexico is "now rated the number one most unsafe country in the world" in a bid to garner support for his long-promised wall along the US border with the country.
Trump's messages respond to words of the White House Head of Staff, John Kelly, who meeting with Democrat legislators commented that the promises of his campaign on immigration, including the wall, were disinformed.
Shah, said Trump wants to see increased personnel, technology, and infrastructure, including the wall.
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That said, Mr. Trump has not always seen flexibility as a virtue - particularly when President Obama promised it to Vladimir Putin on a hot mic prior to the 2012 election.
Kelly reportedly told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that Trump's immigration policies on the campaign trail were "uninformed" and a truly border-length wall was unrealistic. The cost and scope of the proposed wall is a key element in any legislative deal.
The U.S. president tweeted early the next morning that his country still needed the Wall for the "safety and security of our country", stating that Mexico would "directly or indirectly" pay for its construction. A source told the publication that Kelly could be going down the road taken by former White House chief political strategist Steve Bannon, who took credit for helping Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton and was dubbed "The Great Manipulator".
Hopefully Gen. Kelly has informed the president of the eminent domain colossal hassle that awaits him from Texas private property owners alone, where of the 1,200-mile border, only 100 miles are government-owned. "One thing is to campaign, another thing is to govern".
White House chief of staff John Kelly listens as Trump speaks during a meeting on tax policy with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on October 31, 2017. "Campaign to governing are two different things", Kelly said.
Trump took a conciliatory tone later Thursday, telling reporters that the media took Kelly's comments out of context.