Does Trump Even Want a Wall? Maybe Not!

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Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

One last 2018 barf to rule them all.

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • In an exit interview with the Los Angeles Times, outgoing White House chief of staff John F. Kelly said that the Trump administration had abandoned the border wall campaign promise long ago, contrary to what Trump says now. “The president still says ‘wall’ — oftentimes frankly he’ll say ‘barrier’ or ‘fencing,’ now he’s tended toward steel slats. But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it,” Kelly said. [Los Angeles Times]
  • America is, in fact, far more polarized now than it was since before Donald Trump took office. [CNN]
  • A women’s march in California has been canceled over concerns that it would be “overwhelmingly white.” [Washington Post]
  • Russia has detained a U.S. citizen on suspicion of spying. [The Guardian]
  • A look back on the controversial healthcare record of Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch. [NPR]
  • Donald Trump lied more than 7,600 times in 2018. [Washington Post]
  • Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal said that Donald Trump’s decision to pull troops from Afghanistan without negotiating a peace deal with the Taliban has “basically traded away the biggest leverage point we have.” He also called Trump immoral and dishonest. [CBS News]
  • Top Pentagon spokesperson Dana White is stepping down. [CNN]
  • In 2018, U.S. stocks had their worst year since the 2008 financial crisis. [AP]
  • House Democrats say they’ll vote to end the shutdown this week. [NBC News]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:


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Prachi Gupta is a senior reporter at Jezebel.


I always forget that Donald J. Trump, who boasts his experience in real estate and construction, wants to build a transparent wall in the desert. I just want someone to explain to me how that works and I freely admit that this might be my ignorance here, but that sounds questionable.