Kelly Says Trump Gave Up on Promise Long Ago

  • 12/30/2018 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Kelly Says Trump Gave Up on Promise Long Ago
By MC1 Daniel Hinton -, Public Domain,
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, departing White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said the Trump administration gave up on building a border wall long ago.

He told the interviewer it was a "bone-crushing hard job, but you do it" adding "military people don't walk away." 

Per the Daily Mail:

'The president still says 'wall' - oftentimes frankly he'll say 'barrier' or 'fencing,' now he's tended toward steel slats. But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it,' he said.


The president wanted Kelly to bring his military lens to the job - imposing order on a West Wing that had been marked by high staff turnover, a lack in a reporting structure, and inter-agency rivalry.


Kelly pushed back on the notion that the president doesn't like to read briefing papers or spends most of his time watching cable news in what's called 'executive time' - where Trump is not in the Oval Office but usually tweeting or talking on the phone.

'It's never been: The president just wants to make a decision based on no knowledge and ignorance,' Kelly said. 'You may not like his decision, but at least he was fully informed on the impact.' 

Prior to replacing Reince Priebus in the White House, Kelly served as a four-star Marine general and Homeland Security Secretary, where he oversaw immigration policy.
 Source: AAN
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