President Donald Trump in a brief tweet-storm Thursday re-affirmed his commitment to a border wall with Mexico, contradicting what White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told some Democratic lawmakers yesterday.

In a meeting with members of the Hispanic Caucus the White House chief of staff Wednesday said said that the president had “evolved” regarding his position towards a border wall with Mexico, and that as a candidate, was not “fully informed” when he promised to undertake such a large scale project.

Throughout Wednesday evening, President Trump was reported to have taken calls from allies who described Kelly’s comments to select members of congress as undermining, with the potential of isolating his base.

Trump’s anger culminated this morning in two fiery tweets where he shot back at his own chief of staff.


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Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.) who was at the meeting with Kelly, said that the group was told that “a 50-foot wall from sea to shining sea isn’t what we’re going to build.”

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), who also attended the meeting criticized Kelly, telling CNN that the president and his White House chief of staff’s message should be consistent, noting that inconsistency “makes it hard” for members to negotiate.

This comes amid Democratic lawmakers threatening a government shutdown due to Congress and the president’s inability to reach a deal to protect some 780,000 young people who are part of the DACA program from deportation. In the meeting Wednesday, Kelly was reassuring to members of the Hispanic Caucus that negotiations would move forward and that a permanent solution could be reached.

Kelly on Fox News Wednesday night defended his comments during the meeting with select Democratic lawmakers and said, “there’s been an evolutionary process that this president has gone through, as a campaign, and I pointed out to all the members that were in the room that they all say things during the course of campaigns that may or may not be fully informed.”

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