Trump’s Former Chief Of Staff Contradicts His Justification For National Emergency

Last night, Trump’s former chief of staff and former Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, contradicted Trump’s claims about immigrants and his justification for declaring a national emergency.


Kelly said immigrants seeking asylum were “overwhelmingly not criminals.”

NBC News: “Contrary to Trump’s comments that many immigrants coming to the U.S. border are criminals, Kelly added: ‘And by the way, they’re overwhelmingly not criminals. They’re people coming up here for economic purposes. I don’t blame them for that.’”

Kelly said it was the U.S. demand for illicit drugs that destabilized countries south of the border and caused violence that forced most immigrants to flee their home countries.

Daily Beast: “His comments about the border situation run counter to how his former boss has portrayed the situation. Kelly talking about he garnered insight leading the U.S. Southern Command as a Marine general into how American demand for illicit drugs destabilized countries south of the border and pushed many to flee from violence.”

Kelly asserted that we do not “need a wall from sea to shining sea.”

NBC News: “He didn’t defend Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to get funding for a border wall and said: ‘We don’t need a wall from sea to shining sea.’”

Kelly said a full border wall would be a “waste of money.”

Politico: “He also reiterated his position that a border wall spanning the entirety of the U.S.-Mexico border would be a ‘waste of money,’ despite overseeing the beginning of what would become the longest government shutdown in U.S. history over Trump’s demands that Congress fund such a project.”

Kelly said he disagreed with Trump’s decision to deploy U.S. troops to the southern border.

NBC News: “Kelly also expressed disagreement with deploying U.S. troops, even National Guard troops, to the border, as Trump did last fall before the midterm elections. ‘Generally speaking I would always look for another way to do it,’ Kelly said.”