President Trump praised his chief of staff John Kelly on Thursday amid reports that the president was unhappy with Kelly's claiming to lawmakers this week that Trump's campaign promises on the border wall were "uninformed."
"No, he did not say that," Trump told reporters in Pennsylvania on Thursday when asked about Kelly's reported comments. "He didn’t say it the way you would like him to say it.”
The White House chief of staff reportedly told lawmakers that Trump's original promise to build a wall that stretched the entirety of the Southern border was "uninformed," and that the president's view has evolved since he learned that the landscape would preclude the need for a wall in certain areas, among other changes to the prospective wall.
Trump was reportedly angry with the way the media portrayed Kelly's comments, which the chief of staff had repeated later Wednesday during a televised interview on Fox News.
“He is great, I think he is doing a great job," Trump said of Kelly. "I think general Kelly is doing a really great job. He is a very special guy.”
Trump has pushed congressional Republicans to include funding for the border wall in any legislation that extends protections to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Current protections for those immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will expire in March, when Trump has vowed to wind down DACA.