Trump says border wall stance has not 'evolved,' Mexico will pay

President Trump holds up an executive order to start the Mexico border wall project during a signing ceremony at the Department of Homeland Security facility

According to a Washington Post report, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly explicitly told Democratic lawmakers what the rest of us already suspected: President Trump was "uninformed" when it came to campaign promises he made regarding immigration reform.

"He has evolved in the way he looks at things", Kelly told the conservative network. "He's very definitely changed his attitudes toward the DACA (Dreamers) issue and even the wall once we briefed him", Mr Kelly added.

That includes paring back the scale of the wall and an acknowledgement that Mexico's government won't directly pay for it, although officials are looking at ways to indirectly extract money via other methods, Kelly said.

"He has, uh, changed the way he has looked at a number of things", Kelly said Wednesday. "And this president has been very, very flexible in terms of what is within the realm of the possible".

Regarding Trump's campaign promise Mexico would pay for whatever wall is built, Kelly said the administration has some ideas that deal with visas and renegotiating NAFTA.

Kelly, a retired Marine general, also spoke about the that resulted in emotions running high during a White House meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers regarding immigration. Trump's rejection angered the bargainers, and partisan feelings worsened after participants in a White House meeting last week said Trump had referred to African nations as "shitholes".

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Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), who was present at the meeting, later confirmed the Post report.

"There are open channels but I would prefer not to comment", Kelly said.

Kelly instead explained that the US need only construct "700 more miles of barrier" and that "concrete wall would be good in only certain places".

Democrats have insinuated that they are prepared to force a government shutdown if Republicans do not extend the Obama-era Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals Program, which protects some 700,000 immigrants who entered the country illegally as children.

Judy ChuJudy May ChuDems say tiny fraction of sexual assault charges against DHS are investigated Live coverage: Day four of the Ways and Means GOP tax bill markup Dem: I can't capture how emotionally insecure Trump is, and I have a psych PhD MORE (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as part of ongoing negotiations between the White House and Congress over immigration policy. "It's wrong", said House Speaker Paul Ryan.

He also denied that the White House asked ex-communicated former adviser Steve Bannon to invoke executive privilege during his testimony to Congress this week on the Russian Federation investigation.

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