White House Chief of Staff John Kelly laid out what exactly the president wants in a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program during a Wednesday night Fox News segment.
Kelly, speaking with host Brett Brier, said President Donald Trump wants to see $20 billion for a border wall, along with 700 miles of addition wall and fencing. The president also wants to see a tamp down on chain migration, with immigration only applying to the nuclear family, Kelly added.
What Trump wants in DACA deal, Chief of Staff John Kelly says on Fox:
-$20 billion for wall
-700 miles of additional wall/fencing
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) January 17, 2018
“We can talk about this, but that’s where he is,” Kelly told Brier.
Democrats and Republicans are struggling to get an agreement passed on DACA as the government is at risk of getting shut down. Kelly met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Wednesday to see if a deal could be made. The caucus said the talks were “positive,”however, a concrete agreement wasn’t reached, Politico reported.
Kelly also spoke out about his future in the administration and assured the media that he would not be leaving his job anytime soon.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly doesn’t plan on leaving the White House any time soon.
The chief of staff said he plans on staying in his job “for the long haul” during a Wednesday night interview with Fox News Host Brett Baier.
“I am,” Kelly said. “Not only is this the toughest job I’ve ever had, and I’ve done a lot of things in my life, this is the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life. I’ve got no reason to be doing this other than my sense of service to the country. That’s my number one motivation, always has been for my whole life.”
Kelly also stressed how important this job is, saying if the administration fails, then the people will suffer.
“If the president is un-informed one time and makes the wrong decision, that’s on me. Those decisions at his level are so critical that people’s lives obviously depend on it,” Kelly said. “So, I’m in it for the long haul.”