Kellyanne Calls Debate Over Wall a ‘Silly Semantic Argument’ After John Kelly Confesses It’s ‘Not a Wall’


Kellyanne Conway grumbled about semantics when asked in an interview about President Donald Trump‘s border wall, dismissing John Kelly‘s recent comments about the much talked about barricade.

As Conway spoke to Fox News’ Sandra Smith about border security and the ongoing government shutdown, the host brought up an interview Kelly gave to LA Times where he suggested that Trump has dropped the idea of building a concrete structure that stretches across the U.S-Mexico border.

“To be honest, it’s not a wall,” said Kelly. “The president still says ‘wall’ — oftentimes frankly he’ll say ‘barrier’ or ‘fencing,’ now he’s tended toward steel slats,” Kelly added. “But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it.”

Smith noted that this fits with Trump’s new characterizations of the “wall,” so she asked Conway about the wording of Trump’s rhetoric and whether he’s willing to ease off of his $5 billion border security demands.

“It is a silly semantic argument,” Conway said. “Because people who just want to say ‘wall, wall wall’ want it to be a four-letter word and not respect what Customs and Border Patrol and ICE tell us what they need, which is enhancements at the border.”

Conway continued to say Trump has already compromised on border security, arguing that “always saying ‘wall or no wall’ is being very disingenuous and turning the complete blind eye to what is a crisis at the border.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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