Paul Manafort, a top adviser to Donald Trump, told the Huffington Post in an interview published Wednesday night that the Republican presidential candidate will gradually soften his stance on a ban on Muslims traveling to the United States.
“He’s already started moderating on that,” Manafort said. “He operates by starting the conversation at the outer edges and then brings it back towards the middle. Within his comfort zone, he’ll soften it some more.”
“He’ll still end up outside of the norm, but in line with what the American people are thinking,” he added.
Trump proposed barring Muslims from entering the country last year, but earlier in May, he said that the ban was “just a suggestion.”
Manafort told the Huffington Post that he is confident Trump will win the presidency.
“He gonna win unless we — meaning people like me — screw it up. This is not a hard race,” he said.
He added that Trump will win without changing his tactics very much.
“You don’t change Donald Trump,” Manafort told the Huffington Post. “You don’t ‘manage’ him.”
The top adviser also dismissed Trump’s problems winning over women and Latino voters.
“Hillary is the one who’s got a gender gap. And while we are behind among women over all, we’re ahead among white women even now. We’ll get some black and Hispanic women as we go along,” he said.