The wall of Trump's dreams

The answer must surely be that somewhere in his mind Trump does not actually support the construction of the Wall, at least not in any conventional sense. John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, told legislators as much last week. Trump, Kelly suggested, had not been “fully informed” of the practical questions surrounding its construction and the present state of border security while on the campaign trail. Since then, lawmakers were told, his views had “evolved.”

This seems plausible and even in a sense admirable. It is normal, healthy, sane human behavior to change your mind about something after you come to understand it better. Which is exactly why only a few hours after Kelly spoke the president decided to contradict him. Trump responded with one of those prose poems he is so fond of composing and sharing with the world’s litterateurs via Twitter: