2 Days Before Trump’s Big Immigration Speech, Top Aide Offers Few Specifics

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Donald Trump’s campaign manager repeatedly declined the opportunity to clarify the GOP nominee’s immigration policies an in interview just two days before his much-touted speech on the subject.

Asked on Bloomberg TV’s “With All Due Respect” on Monday about the “confusion” over Trump’s plan and whether he still wants to have an armed force deport millions of undocumented immigrants, Kellyanne Conway told the hosts that they would just have to watch his upcoming address.

“Why can’t anybody in the campaign answer the question whether he is still in favor of a deportation or not?” host John Heilemann asked.

“I’ve answered that many times. He had not talked about that in a very long time,” Conway said.

“So is in favor of or against it?” Heilemann pressed.

“And he has not talked about that in a very long time,” she repeated.

Told that she wasn’t actually answering the question, Conway said, “Well, you’ll have to wait until Wednesday.”

The only hints that Conway provided as to what the speech will entail were that Trump still plans to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, end sanctuary cities, and offer no amnesty for undocumented immigrants.

The “faces of their campaign,” she said, were “angel moms” whose children were killed by immigrants in the country illegally.

Asked if Trump would provide any specific numbers on topics like the number of Americans killed by undocumented immigrants, Conway said, “He may,” insisting that he will have “facts and figures.”

“This is what presidents and leaders do. They put out plans long before they are elected so people can at least go ahead and look at them and say I either like your plan or I don’t,” she said.

The real estate mogul’s key speech on his signature campaign issue will come over a year into the presidential campaign.

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