Trump changes tune: ‘Lets just call them WALLS’

Trump changes tune: ‘Lets just call them WALLS’

President Donald Trump updates reporters in the Rose Garden on Jan. 25 about the partial government shutdown. (Jon-Christopher Bua/TMN)

WASHINGTON — After spending weeks using various euphemisms to describe a proposed barrier between the U.S. and Mexico, President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that it should now just be called a wall.

While Trump used the term “wall” for his campaign and the bulk of his presidency, he started softening his language last month to appeal to Democrats.

“Barrier, wall, or steel slats, whatever you want to call it; it’s all the same,” Trump said during a signing ceremony in late December.

On Jan. 11, in an appeal to get Democrats to return to Washington during the shutdown and allocate money for the wall, he said: “They can name it whatever. They can name it ‘peaches.’ I don’t care what they name it.”

During remarks in the White House’s Rose Garden on Friday, the president said: “We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier.”

Last week, White House aide Kellyanne Conway even scolded one reporter for referring to his proposal as a wall.

“Why are you still saying wall … when the president’s said you could call it whatever you want,” Conway said.

But Trump had described it as a wall on Twitter earlier that morning.

Thursday’s tweet comes as a bipartisan, bicameral committee of lawmakers are negotiating on a border security proposal that could thwart a government shutdown.

Trump has demanded $5.7 billion for the wall while Democrats have stood firm against it, leading to an impasse that left the government partially shut down for 35 days.

The president has said that if lawmakers don’t agree to the wall  before Feb. 15, he will either allow 25 percent of the government to shut down again or he will declare a national emergency to bypass Congress.

After Thursday’s tweet, Trump said that Republicans are “wasting their time” by talking with Democrats.

“I’ve got you covered,” Trump tweeted.

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