Trump vs Kelly on the Border Wall

Trump vs Kelly on the Border Wall January 19, 2018

Once again we find that Donald Trump and his chief advisors and aides can’t get on the same page on practically anything. Chief of Staff John Kelly told members of Congress that Trump’s campaign promises on the border wall were “uninformed” and had changed, but Trump, unable to handle even the mildest suggestion that he is anything other than omniscient, quickly threw him under the bus.


White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that some of the hard-line immigration policies President Trump advocated during the campaign were “uninformed,” that the United States will never construct a wall along its entire southern border and that Mexico will never pay for it, according to people familiar with the meeting.

The comments were out of sync with remarks by Trump, who in recent days has reiterated his desire to build a border wall that would be funded by Mexico “indirectly through NAFTA.”

Trump amplified this stance Thursday in back-to-back tweets that called the North American Free Trade Agreement “a bad joke” and asserted that reworked trade deals with Mexico would somehow pay for the wall “directly or indirectly.”

“The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it. Parts will be, of necessity, see through and it was never intended to be built in areas where there is natural protection such as mountains, wastelands or tough rivers or water,” Trump wrote.

“The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the U.S.,” Trump continued. “The $20 billion dollar Wall is “peanuts” compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S. NAFTA is a bad joke!”

The problem, of course, is that he is either still uninformed, ignorant or lying. The wall cannot be paid for “indirectly through NAFTA.” That’s just gibberish. As he has demonstrated many times before, he has no clue what the difference is between the budget deficit and the trade deficit and not the slightest concept of border security in general. He just knew that building a wall was the most simpleminded thing he could think of, he promised it, then absurdly promised that Mexico would pay for it — something no rational person could possibly believe — and now he’s going to defend it to the death, even if his own aides are telling Congress otherwise because they know more than he does and they’re trying to actually get a policy adopted.

If there were an award for the worst boss in the world, Trump would have to be a major contender. He demands absolute loyalty but shows none in return. He’s absolutely convinced of his own perfection in every possible facet of life and equally convinced that no one else knows anything and he doesn’t have to listen to experts. He’ll throw you under the bus in a millisecond at the mere suggestion of anything that diminishes his ego. He’s utterly toxic.

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