According to an opinion editorial published in The New Yorker Monday, sources have reported that Gen. John Kelly, the former Homeland Security secretary, now newly-appointed White House chief of staff, may have convinced President Trump to give up on his plans to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
CNN contributor Ryan Lizza, writing in The New Yorker, stated that he was told by “several sources” who attended a private briefing in Aspen, Colorado, two weeks ago between Kelly and some of the nation’s senior national security officials, that Kelly had assured them he believed he had convinced Trump that a physical wall wasn’t necessary along the entire border.
Kelly reportedly explained that he had spent a lot of time discussing the matter with the president and advised him that the border could be secured by using sophisticated monitoring technology, air surveillance and fencing.
Instead of pushing for a wall along the border, he said Trump could start using the term “barrier.”
According to the report by yet unnamed sources, Lizza claimed officials in the room were fascinated by Kelly’s admission, indicating perhaps he was one of the few people who might be able to “tame Trump and get him to back off some of his most cartoonish policy ideas, even the ones that were core campaign promises.”
Kelly reportedly added one comment that could change everything, however, stating, “But you never know; one tweet, and that could all change.”
Since the reported meeting, Kelly has been moved from the Department of Homeland Security to his new position as White House chief of staff. One of his first actions upon being sworn in Monday, July 31, was to have President Trump fire newly-appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
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