Trump's wall may be different than advertised

Trump's wall may be different than advertised

Donald Trump's outgoing chief of staff on Sunday admitted the president's planned wall along the USA and Mexico border would be more like a fence, as he gave his final interview before leaving office.

In an interview published Sunday in the Los Angeles Times, Kelly was quoted saying that the current White House plan for a barrier is "not a wall".

"An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media", the president said.

Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday morning that it was a "silly semantic argument" to debate what the border wall would be made of and sought to blame Democrats for refusing to compromise on the president's demand for billions of USA taxpayer dollars for a wall.

The U.S. government has been partially shut down for about a week amid the absence of a spending bill that addresses the border wall funding demanded by President Trump.

Democrats have said they believe investments in border security are necessary, but the idea of building a physical barrier on the border with Mexico would be a waste of money.

House Democrats are unveiling legislation to re-open the government without money for President Donald Trump's border wall. Trump disputes Kelly's comments on the wall.

Democrats have said they intend to vote on legislation to reopen the government on Thursday when the new Congress convenes. He just tweeted Sunday that a "ten-foot wall" around Barack and Michelle's Obama's home is what he has in mind for the entire southern border.

"To my Democratic friends, there will never be a deal without wall funding", Graham said Sunday on CNN.

During his interview with the Times, Kelly also said that the zero-tolerance policy at the border, which had resulted in the separation of children and parents, which caused worldwide outrage, had been the then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision and it came as a "surprise" to the White House. "There may be technological enhancements", she said on Fox News Sunday.

The remarks were a sharp contrast to the rhetoric of the president who regularly appeals to his overwhelmingly white political base by taking a hard line on immigration.

The six bills to fund the other departments have bipartisan support in both chambers but have been held up over the dispute over funding Trump's wall.

His comments, the first to reference the children's deaths, came the same day Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was finishing a two-day visit to the southern USA border, where she said in a statement, "The system is clearly overwhelmed and we must work together to address this humanitarian crisis".

"The deal we had in February - it's not going to be replicated", Graham said. Graham said it would involve tying wall funding to the BRIDGE Act, which he and Illinois Democratic Sen. "While one White House official says they're willing to compromise, another says the president is holding firm at no less than $5 billion for the wall".

Democrats maintain that they have already presented the White House with three options to end the shutdown, none of which fund the wall, and insist that it's Trump's move.

Conway responded with a tweet alluding to the oath Trump took when he became president.

Trump has taken digs at Conway, calling him "Mr. Kellyanne Conway", but the conservative lawyer hasn't relented in his insults.

President Trump also called out lawmakers for claiming a wall is old technology and won't work for security, saying it does when properly built.

It isn't the longest shutdown in history, but it does affect the income of several hundred thousand federal employees.

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