Trump tweet about the border wall posted near the Rio Grande

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Trump says his border wall is a wall—except for where it isn’t a wall

Everyone knows Trump wanted a wall. What this tweet presupposes is... maybe he didn't?


David Covucci


Posted on Jan 18, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 4:21 am CDT

This morning—as the immigration debate has embroiled Washington and put the government on the precipice of shutting down—the president tweeted an ontological treatise on what it means to be a wall.

The wall is the wall, the president notes, except where the wall is nature.

Trump’s dive into the nature of being of structures comes after his chief of staff, John Kelly, said on Fox News that Trump has learned and “evolved” on things in his first year as president, saying that candidates sometimes take positions that are not “fully informed” when they run: “He’s very definitely changed his attitudes toward the DACA [Dreamers] issue and even the wall once we briefed him.”

Nope, tweeted the president.

Kelly also spoke about the president’s strident stance that Mexico would pay for the wall.

“In one way or another, it’s possible that we could get the revenue from Mexico but not directly from their government,” Kelly said.

The president sort of concurred with that stance.

The House will vote today on a short-term spending bill to fund the government.

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*First Published: Jan 18, 2018, 7:32 am CST