Donald Trump is currently keeping the government shut down over his temper tantrum with not getting funding for his border wall. But there are signs that he may be starting to cave already.
After a meeting with Democrats, Trump downgraded his claims of the need for a “border wall” and changed the term to “border fence,” maybe in the first instance he’s used that term publicly.
Trump said the following on New Year’s Eve:
Fast forward to yesterday, and he had this to say…
So, clearly Trump is caving in his wall promise. It doesn’t matter, of course, because Democrats in the House are not going to give him the funding for it regardless.
This isn’t the first evidence that Trump is caving. In an interview with Los Angeles Times, John Kelly said “To be honest, it’s not a wall.” Then he added that Trump actually calls it “fencing” privately in the administration, so even Trump knows this is not going to be a wall despite his constant demands for a strong wall to protect our borders. Kelly could just let this go, but the fact that he’s choosing to bring it up shows that he knows its over for Trump.
The Hill also reports that Kelly confirms that Trump has moved on from the push for a concrete wall along the southern border.
“The president still says ‘wall’ — oftentimes frankly he’ll say ‘barrier’ or ‘fencing,’ now he’s tended toward steel slats,” Kelly added. “But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it.”