Donald Trump and his administration are sending conflicting messages about the agenda he ran on in 2016.

He appears to be backing away from the hardcore positions that appealed to the legions of cheering supporters who catapulted him into the White House.

Trump and his advisers have abandoned key components of his plan to deport millions of illegal Hispanic immigrants, suggesting that many or even most of them will remain in this country.

His campaign pledge to build “an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall,” seems to be crumbling among Republicans on Capitol Hill. And it is now clear that his endlessly repeated promise to make Mexico pay to build a wall isn’t worth the paper it was printed on.

Instead, he’s pleading with Congress to include a billion-dollar down payment in the 2017 federal budget. Meaning that taxpayers will foot the entire bill.

Conservative talk show firebrand Rush Limbaugh, one of Trump’s staunchest supporters, isn’t happy with the president’s flip-flop.

Trump was “caving on his demand for a measly $1 billion in the budget for his wall on the border,” Limbaugh told his radio audience this week.

Meantime, GOP congressional leaders are no longer talking about building a 2,200-mile wall. Instead, the talk is all about beefing up security along the border with drones and other surveillance gear and personnel.

During his campaign, Trump flat-out condemned China as a “currency manipulator,” but now says that designation no longer applies.

He preached “America First” in his campaign, urging that we retreat from institutions like NATO. And he was critical of corporate welfare programs like the Export-Import Bank.

But now he opposes GOP efforts to abolish the bank and stoutly defends membership in NATO.

Perhaps nowhere is the backtracking more surprising than the growing internal debate about whether illegal immigrants, other than those who have committed crimes, should be deported.

That debate has centered on “dreamers,” illegals who were brought here when they were very young by their parents.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump appeared to support the “dreamers” program, saying they should “rest easy” and not be concerned about deportation.

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions was asked about the president’s remark, he said, “There’s no doubt the president has sympathy for young people who were brought here at early ages.”

But when the program’s host asked if Trump’s remark meant that they could remain in the country, Sessions said this:

“Well, we’ll see. I believe that everyone that enters the country unlawfully is subject to being deported. However, we’ve got — we don’t have the ability to round up everybody, and there are no plans to do that.”

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly went even further. These people were here “unlawfully,” he acknowledged, but added, “we are not targeting — my organization has not targeted these so-called dreamers.”

But then, in a stunning turnabout, Kelly addressed the broader immigrant community: “If you are simply here illegally, we don’t really have the time (to) go after you. We’re looking for bad men and women.”

The president made many dubious promises in his campaign, but now he’s having trouble with another wall — one constructed by our Founding Fathers, and made up of three, totally independent branches of government.

Donald Lambro

is a syndicated columnist.

(29) comments

Carlos Ponce

Sorry, Donald Lambro, your column is full of nonsense.
Trump is not "backing down". despite what the Leftist propagandists like Lambro claim.
First, Hispanic immigrants will be deported. Trump never said that. What he promised what he promised that ILLEGAL entrants into this country would be deported. What Propagandist like Lambro fail to grasp is that there are LEGAL immigrants that Republicans and Trump favor and there are ILLEGAL immigrants that should be deported but the felons are the first to go. But we can thank the Leftist Propaganda machine for one thing. They have so DEMONIZED Trump and his agenda that illegal crossings into our Southern border have dropped and many already here are either returning to their homeland or going elsewhere (Canada).
As for paying for the wall, Mexico is going to do it. It may be as our Senator Ted Cruz has proposed that money from "El Chapo" (14 billion) be directed into the project. Or there are other proposed ways.
"Don't let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL. It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc." Donald Trump Tweet
"Meantime, GOP congressional leaders are no longer talking about building a 2,200-mile wall." Again, Lambro has a narrow definition of the word "wall". "[D]rones and other surveillance gear and personnel" have ALWAYS been part of the equation. A physical brick and mortar wall as Lambro suggests will be there but not along the entire border but where necessary and possible.
And Trump saying we should withdraw from NATO, NAFTA, etc is part of "The Art of the Deal". By saying that Trump made them renegotiate their positions. But Lambro doesn't get it.
Trump said they were "not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals." That means if a "Dreamer" happens to be a CRIMINAL then OUT.
DACA -"To be eligible, illegal aliens must have entered the United States before their 16th birthday and prior to June 2007, be currently in school, a high school graduate or be honorably discharged from the military, be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012, and not have been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor or three other misdemeanors, or otherwise pose a threat to national security. The program does not provide lawful status or a path to citizenship, nor does it provide eligibility for federal welfare or student aid."
So there are a myriad of ways a "Dreamer" may lose his DACA status. Being a CRIMINAL is but one way.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deferred_Action_for_Childhood_Arrivals

Jim Forsythe

GOP congressional leaders are no longer talking about building a 2,200-mile wall." they may be changing what the wall will look like ,
but not the  President
Apr 25, 2017
President Trump also said in an exchange with pool reporter, CBS News’ Major Garrett, that the wall will be built “soon.”
“We’re already preparing, we’re doing plans, we’re doing specifications,” Mr. Trump said. “We’re doing a lot of work on the wall. And the wall gets built.” The president said the wall would stop drugs and people from crossing the border illegally. “It’s going to have a huge effect on human trafficking,” he claimed.

Is the congress part of fake media?
Is Wednesday Apr 26, 2017
Trump tweeted Tuesday, "Don't let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL. It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc."

big, beautiful wall
March 22, 2017
HE promised to build a “big, beautiful wall” between Mexico and the USA, and it seems President Trump is intent on delivering just that — at least on the US side.
New specifications released for Mr Trump’s much-debated wall say it’s got to look nice on the US side, and presumably menacing on the Mexican side, with no instructions for aesthetics for the “other” side.
It’s just got to be “physically imposing” in height — ideally, the specs say 9.14 meters high — although at least 5.4 meters “may be acceptable”, according to design specifications for wannabe wall contractors

"he has promised"
Thu February 16, 2017
President Trump has been looking at various blueprints with his advisers, a senior administration official told CNN. He could ultimately insist on a concrete wall stretching across the entire border, as he has promised. It would be a far bigger and a vastly more expensive project, and any plan would need to be sent to Congress for funding approval.

Doyle Beard

Back when theseSchumer. Obama and Clinton were senators they all voted for the wall

Jarvis Buckley

Donald your liberal thoughts have died on the vine. President Trump is turning this Country around. Slowly
but surely.

Kelly Naschke

What do you expect from a political hack...I mean "journalist"...whose file photo is from the 60's? That typewriter looks like it belongs in the Smithsonian....along with the antiquated ideology from the "resistance".

Steve Fouga

The big, beautiful, physical wall will never be built. Too expensive. President Trump will be out of office long before it could be finished, maybe even before it could be started. And few others in D.C. want it. Whoever follows him will cancel it, if it's still in process.

The "wall" that will work best -- which is already working since his executive order -- is one we already have: our laws. Enforce them!

Carlos Ponce

The big, beautiful, physical wall will be built. It won't line the entire border. Trump and others said that BEFORE the election. When it does get built I'd like a picture of Steve Fouga standing next to it to be printed in the Galveston County Daily News. Smile, Steve!
While you're there, ask the Border Patrol if one was needed.

Jim Forsythe

When Trump said I will build a wall  , was his promise real or just a metaphor. All his supporters shouting build that wall, were wrong?
I guess, build that metaphor, does not not have a good ring to it.
"Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump’s border wall: It’s not really a wall at all.
Instead, the wall is “a bit of a metaphor as to border security,” in the words of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida."

Not all, may go for less of a wall. If you are not for the wall, you are for amnesty?
"Some immigration hard-liners were outraged as fellow Republicans debated about what constituted a wall.
The pro-amnesty people are trying to redefine the word ‘wall,'” said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. “They don’t want security at the border, they never have, and we should not let them play linguistic or semantics games to try to pull down a mandate that the American people commanded when they went to the polls.”

Steve Fouga

I'm a pretty happy guy, Carlos, so it wouldn't be hard to get me to smile.

[beam] See?

Carlos Ponce

Remember, it was God's idea to build walls long before Donald Trump.
"I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Rev.21: 2
"It had a massive, high wall, with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationed and on which names were inscribed, [the names] of the twelve tribes of the Israelites." Rev. 21:8
Donald Trump calls for a doorway."This will be a wall with a big, very beautiful door because we want the legals to come back into the country.”
"There were three gates facing east, three north, three south, and three west.
Rev 21: 13
"He also measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits* according to the standard unit of measurement the angel used. The wall was constructed of jasper, while the city was pure gold, clear as glass." Rev 21:17-18
A big beautiful wall, even more spectacular than the one Trump will have built.
"During the day its gates will never be shut, and there will be no night there." Rev 21:25
So can ANYBODY just get in? No, they will be properly vetted.
"The treasure and wealth of the nations will be brought there, but nothing unclean will enter it, nor any[one] who does abominable things or tells lies. Only those will enter whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.Rev. 21: 26-27
Some Trump haters will say he cannot enter this gate but don't judge. Worry about yourself instead.[innocent]

Jim Forsythe

He also measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits. So, the border wall is going to be 216 feet long  .
There were three gates facing east, three north, three south, and three west. I guess the plan is to build a wall around the USA

Carlos Ponce

144 cubits: Revelation 21:17 That's how THICK God's wall is.
"The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick.
(New International Version)
Then he measured the walls and found them to be 216 feet thick (according to the human standard used by the angel)" .(New Living Translation)
Trump's wall will not be that thick.

Revelation 21:16 " In fact, its length and width and height were each 1,400 miles" (New Living Translation)
" He measured the city with the rod and found it fifteen hundred miles* in length and width and height." (NAB)
" and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. (New American Standard)
"He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long."
One stadia equals 607 feet
One cubit is the length of a forearm.
" one hundred and forty-four cubits according to the standard unit of measurement the angel used"

Jim Forsythe

Trump's thick is Trumps?

Carlos Ponce

Trump's wall will not be 216 feet thick like God's wall. There are various designs under consideration. The same type will not be used everywhere there is a brick and mortar wall. It depends on which one best suits the need.

Jim Forsythe

How thick is Trumps?

Carlos Ponce

Jim asks, "How thick is Trumps?" I believe I posted that various designs are under consideration. So it depends on which is picked and which one you are talking about.
Thickness is not mentioned in the specs.
Read the articles
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/18/politics/trump-border-wall-specifications/index.html
http://www.abc15.com/news/national/documents-detail-specifications-sought-for-wall-along-border-with-mexico

Steve Fouga

Good grief. [rolleyes]

Carlos Ponce

Charlie Brown?

Steve Fouga

Joel Osteen?

Carlos Ponce

Heavens, no!

Jim Forsythe

Your saying, thick as a brick?
Your wise men don't know how it feels to be thick as a brick.
And the sand-castle virtues are all swept away in
The tidal destruction
The moral melee.
The elastic retreat rings the close of play as the last wave uncovers
The newfangled way.
But your new shoes are worn at the heels and
Your suntan does rapidly peel and
Your wise men don't know how it feels to be thick as a brick.

Jim Forsythe

Said Trump: “I will build the best wall, the biggest, the strongest, not penetrable, they won’t be crawling over it, like giving it a little jump and they’re over the wall, it costs us trillions. And I’ll have Mexico pay for the wall. Because Mexico is screwing us so badly. I will take it from out of just a small fraction of the money they’ve been screwing us for over the last number of years"

Carlos Ponce

It will be done.[beam]
Be patient, Jim.

Jim Forsythe

  Will we draw China into this too the point of all out war, with the deployment of  THAAD?
"Are we in a alliance with South Korea, or not? Is this the best way to  give reassurance to them, about us.
Trump’s comments in an interview with Reuters on Thursday that he wanted Seoul to pay for the THAAD deployment perplexed South Koreans and raised questions about his commitment to the two countries’ alliance."

Should we have said this first, and not have South Korea be worried about are commitment to them?
 " South Korea said the United States had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the $1-billion battery designed to defend against North Korea..

What will the outcome be ,by us poking the Russian bear?
—" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country may take further military action against Kurdish militants in Iraq and Syria, saying U.S. support for such groups "must come to an end."
The U.S. has provided air cover and other support to Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State group. NATO member Turkey views the Syrian Kurdish forces as extension of its own Kurdish insurgency, and launched airstrikes against them last week."

Are we trying to engage both Russia and China , and have  conflicts with both at the same time?

Carlos Ponce

"Will we draw China into this too...." Don't you remember the Korean War or the MASH Movie and TV Series ? China has been involved ever since there was a North Korea, no drawing them in.. They've been there since the inception.

Carlos Ponce

"Are we trying to engage both Russia and China , and have conflicts with both at the same time?" You sound like the pacifists of the late 1930s: "Are we trying to engage both Germany and Japan , and have conflicts with both at the same time?"

Jim Forsythe

The difference from what was on MASH and what is happening now , China was out front  at that time. Now they are behind the scenes. If we get into a all out war, we will be in combat with almost 3 million people in the Chinese military, China has the world's largest fighting force, add Pyongyang's military of 1.2 million members, just 100,000 shy of the entire size of the US military.
Seoul is only 35 miles from the border with the North, putting 25 million people there within range of North Korean artillery and rockets .
Then add the following.
""If the US air bases can be taken out, the US' technologically superior F-35 and F-22 stealth fighters, and its B-1 and B-52 heavy bombers would be low on options to rearm and refuel.
A 2016 report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said China's DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile -- dubbed by analysts the "Guam killer" -- allows China to bring unprecedented firepower to bear on Guam, home to the US' vital Andersen Air Force Base."
"China also boasts newly developed air-launched, land-attack cruise missiles which can be fired by its fleet of 36 H-6K long-range bombers

What the views of the   some church's, at that time ,about pacifists!
."Significant, though generally neglected, story is the wartime experience of pacifists and of groups strongly affected by pacifist
sentiment. The major Protestant denominations—the Baptists, Congregational Christians, Episcopalians, Methodists and Presbyterians—represented one of the largest constituencies in the general peace movement of the inter-war years
If not fully committed to a pacifist position, their pacifist sentiment ran deep. Consequently, the great debate over American intervention between 1939 and 1941 was nowhere more heated than in the church
It was clear that the denominations were in the midst of a general reorientation on the question of war, but their official meetings revealed the persistence of pacifist sentiment. In 1940 the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (northern) felt compelled to recognize that on the issue of the morality of war "good and honest men differ violently upon what is the right and Christian thing to do," and the General Council of the Congregational and Christian Churches went so far as to adopt two distinct statements on the question, since they had "agreed to differ but resolved to love." The Methodist General Conference in the same year came closest to endorsing the pacifist position: "The Methodist Church, although Taking no attempt to bind the consciences of its individual members, will not officially endorse, support, or participate in war

Carlos Ponce

Your first paragraph sounds like you miss Mao.[wink]
Working behind the scenes? Not evidenced by their turning back North Korea's coal. Read "China criticizes North Korea, praises US on nuclear issue"
http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/19/asia/china-us-north-korea-statements/index.html
“We must see clearly that China and North Korea are no longer brothers in arms, and in the short term there’s no possibility of an improvement in Chinese-North Korean relations.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/world/asia/china-north-korea-war.html?_r=0
Pacifists are good people but often short sighted. I admire their goals but they need a reality check. If the pacifists of the late 1930s and earl 40s had their way there would be a NAZI flag over Europe today.

Jim Forsythe

Have they really stopped trading? If they are not telling the truth about this, what else are they hiding?
Fri April 21, 2017
The docking of six North Korean ships at a port in northern China has raised questions over a Chinese ban on coal imports from the nuclear-armed state.
The ships docked Thursday and Friday at a port in the city of Tangshan in northern Hebei province, near Beijing.
All six North Korean ships were loaded with anthracite coal, according to a daily docking plan published on the port of Jintang's website. Unloading times of up to six hours were listed for the ships.
Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang said Friday that his country's policy of not accepting coal imports from North Korea had not changed.
This is a game of charades that has been played multiple times since 1991. China uses North Korea to increase its leverage at the bargaining table with the United States when it comes to issues like trade. Washington protests, and China gets North Korea to fall back in line

 With   the elections in South Korea coming up,  and one of the candidates said they will work to get rid of the THADD , our working with South Korea may get harder.?

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