How Long Before Trump Attacks John Kelly
This post has been updated.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is running out the door and he’s already letting us know that he doesn’t agree with President Trump and that he was in fact, one of the adults in the room.
For no reason other than to create hate, divisiveness, and build a taller wall within our own country, President Trump recently blamed the deaths of two children in ICE custody on the Democrats. Yeah, I know: shameful and disgusting.
But General Kelly in his outgoing interview with the Los Angeles Times, seems to be on a different page than Trump when it comes to immigration and just about everything else. Forget page, more like a different book, if not library.
In his interview, Kelly said:
“Illegal immigrants, overwhelmingly, are not bad people. I have nothing but compassion for them, the young kids.”
Kelly was referring to immigrants being misled or coerced by drug traffickers. Let me go off topic for one second to explain.
I’ve had clients who whether online or in person, think they have fallen in love with the man of their dreams. Whether it is a U.S. or Mexican citizen, at some point, they are asked to deliver a car to a cousin or other family member who is in dire need.
When they cross the border and get busted, that’s when they realize their car is full of drugs. If not, the cartels threaten violence against their families to force them into drug running.
Kelly also brought up an interesting point that I have experienced as well. “If you want to stop illegal immigration, stop US demand for drugs, and expand economic opportunity” in Central America.
Years ago, I had a satellite office in Naples, Florida that handled exclusively foreclosures and bankruptcies. This was during the housing crisis and Naples was hit especially hard, one of the worst in the country.
Many of my clients told me they were returning to their country of origin or moving to other Latin American countries because the economy was collapsing. If you look at the drop in illegal immigration, it starts around that same time period.
Of course, Trump ignorant as always and playing to his base, tweeted the opposite of Kelly’s statement by saying to cut off aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
” …..Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money. Word is that a new Caravan is forming in Honduras and they are doing nothing about it. We will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries – taking advantage of U.S. for years!”
But the contradictions don’t end there. Kelly also said the White House had long since moved on from the idea of a “solid concrete wall.” But, here comes President Trump’s tweet this morning:
“An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media. Some areas will be all concrete but the experts at Border Patrol prefer a Wall that is see through (thereby making it possible to see what is happening on both sides). Makes sense to me!”
Kelly even said that Customs and Border Protection agents told him they needed physical barriers in some areas, but largely indicated a desire for new technology and additional personnel. As indicated in my post earlier this morning, now White House Counsel Kellyanne Conway is also using the same play on words.
What resonated the most in Kelly’s interview? When Kelly said to judge him by what the President didn’t do versus what he did. Read between the lines. Imagine what other insane ideas Trump had tossed around that may never see the light of day.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
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