Kelly says Trump's positions on issues are evolving

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Kelly says Trump's positions on issues are evolving

Another Trump associate familiar with the president's reaction to Kelly said his rage was similar to his response in the summer of 2016 when Paul Manafort, then his chief strategist, told an RNC meeting in Florida that Trump had been playing a "part" on the campaign trail but was starting to pivot toward presenting a more businesslike and presidential "persona".

Asked about the reported remarks in an interview on Fox News, Kelly said people say things during campaigns that aren't "fully informed" and that Trump had "evolved" in his stances on a number of issues.

Trump tweeted Thursday that some of the wall will be "see through", and he wrote that the wall was never supposed to be built where there are natural barriers.

While Trump has now insisted that construction of a physical wall along the southern border is vital for national security, border agents say there are better, less expensive ways to secure the border using technology. "It fell short of certainly what he was looking for based on the Thursday conversation and other conversations", Kelly said.

"The $20 billion dollar Wall is "peanuts" compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S. NAFTA is a bad joke!" he said, reasserting his position on the trade pact which is now being renegotiated.

Sticking points such as immigration remain, and President Trump has made it clear a shutdown would hurt the USA military.

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Democrats' votes are needed to advance the stopgap measure through the Senate, but they have been rebuffed in their demands to add protections against deportation for younger immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.

"Kelly thinks he knows what policies are important and what aren't, but Donald Trump is the president of the United States", said the associate, who also requested anonymity to speak more candidly.

According to a report by the Washington Post, the official said that some of Trump's campaign promises were "uninformed" when he made campaign promises about a wall. "But I'd prefer not to comment on that".

Prototypes of border walls in San Diego.

"There was no direction given by the White House", Gallego said.

Kelly did not address the vulgar comments controversy, but one of the lawmakers Kelly met with, Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, said in their moderate Republican meeting it came up "briefly" and it was acknowledged that "foul language" was used by multiple people at that meeting.

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Trump tweeted Thursday, "If there is no Wall, there is no Deal!"

"The President has said from the beginning, it's got to be bipartisan and unless it involves the House as well as the Senate, it's going to go down again as a bill that does not pass into law", he said.

Kelly had struck a nerve with Trump by speaking out on immigration in particular.

According to the Post, Kelly said the Trump administration is pushing for increased border security because cartels are still managing to sneak their illicit drugs into the U.S. Campaign to governing are two different things, and this president has been very, very flexible in terms of what is within the realm of the possible. "That's what I understood, and all of that was helpful".

The government is expected to shut down this weekend if Democrats and Republicans can't come to an agreement on whether spending legislation includes protection for DACA recipients.

Others in the GOP said they want a clear message from the Oval Office. But he said he was pessimistic leaders would grant other conservative-backed ideas, such as the promise of a vote on a more conservative immigration bill authored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va.

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