Kelly dismisses need for wall along full US-Mexico border

Kelly dismisses need for wall along full US-Mexico border

Kelly dismisses need for wall along full US-Mexico border

John Kelly, President Trump's former chief-of-staff, appeared to part ways with several of the administration's immigration policies, including Mr. Trump's promise that a "big, beautiful" wall must be built along the southern border, in a wide-ranging discussion at Duke University on Wednesday.

"When he can't think of anything to say, Trump starts chanting ["Lock her up"], and you sit there and you think, 'Does he think I was elected?'"

If Hillary Clinton had beat Trump in the 2016 presidential election, he still would have taken the Chief of Staff position under her. Kelly told the audience "If Hillary Clinton had called me, I would have done it".

In the same interview, Kelly also denied reports that President Trump simply makes gut decisions without being informed.

And he pushed back against Trump's oft-stated comments that many immigrants seeking entry into the U.S. along the border with Mexico are criminals. "I don't blame them for that", he said. The partial shutdown began as Trump refused to sign a bipartisan budget to keep the government funded because it did not include $5.7 billion he had demanded for a border wall.

Kelly dismisses need for wall along full US-Mexico border

The former chief of staff also shared a view on people who illegally cross the border at odds with the picture painted by his former boss, stating, "They're overwhelmingly not criminals, they're people coming up here for economic purposes".

The remark was a bit of a pivot from Kelly's past comments on immigrants.

In May 2018, Kelly also told NPR that immigrants who come to the US illegally are "not people that would easily assimilate into the United States, into our modern society".

Clinton's supporters claimed Trump's "obsession" was the result of his losing the popular vote or, while on the opposite end of the spectrum, the president's supporters said his fixation was based on a desire to see Clinton in jail.

In one question, Kelly was asked what advice he would give to his successor, to which he quickly replied, "Run for it".

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