After days of speculation regarding if Donald Trump was backing out on his immigration policy of strong deportations and building a wall along the border, the presidential candidate clarified the rumors once and for all Monday.
And the answer is no, he is not flip-flopping his proposal. Trump insisted his immigration policy is not changing, explaining that this week he plans to expand upon his proposals. BuzzFeed, who first surfaced the rumored reports without much evidence, was also lambasted by Trump when he gave his explanation to Fox News.
“Just to tell you about BuzzFeed, they guaranteed that I wasn’t going to run and the writer that wrote the article said he’ll take a year’s salary off if I run. And I ran,” Trump said, referring to write McKay Coppins’ betting his entire annual salary on Trump not appearing on the Iowa ballot. He continues:
“So, you know, BuzzFeed, they’re not so accurate on this… but I’ll tell you, we are dealing with people—We have to be very firm. We have to be very, very strong when people come in illegally. We have a lot of people that want to come in through the legal process and it’s not fair for them. And we’re working with a lot of people in the Hispanic community to try and come up with an answer.”
Trump complimented the meeting with the Hispanic advisory council, calling the participants “great people” and “highly respected people in the community.”