Trump Insists He’s ‘Not Flip-Flopping’ As Staff Waffles On Deportation Force

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Briar Woods High School, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Donald Trump on Monday brushed away suggestions that he’s trying to walk back his hardline stance on immigration, even as senior campaign staffers said that he may not stick to his campaign promise to forcibly deport millions of undocumented immigrants.

“I’m not flip-flopping,” Trump insisted in a phone call on Fox News. “We want to come one a really fair, but firm process. Fair but firm.”

The Republican nominee met with a Hispanic advisory council in New York on Saturday, where Buzzfeed News reported that Trump promised a “humane and efficient” way to work with those living in the U.S. without papers. The report suggested that Trump may make an effort to grant undocumented immigrants legal status and allow them to remain in the country.

During the primaries, Trump often spoke of his plan to use “really good management” to employ a deportation force to “humanely” remove 11 million undocumented immigrants in the first two years of his administration. Republicans on Capitol Hill, even those who supported Trump’s bid, criticized mass deportation as unrealistic, exorbitantly expensive and unconstitutional.

Asked Sunday on CNN if that was still the Republican nominee’s plan, newly-promoted campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said, “To be determined.”

Conway insisted that Trump made no overtures towards legalizing undocumented immigrants during his Saturday meeting.

“What he supports is to make sure we enforce the law, that we are respectful of those Americans who are looking for jobs, and that we are fair and humane to those who live among us,” she said.

Trump’s other signature immigration proposals include having Mexico pay for a new border wall along the southern border of the U.S. and cutting off remittances to Central America sent by immigrants living here.

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  1. Now we just need some PAC to start producing ads about how Trump is playing the White Power movement and that he has no intention of Making America Great [White] Again. I’ll bet we could start pulling votes off the right flank as well as his general existence repelling anyone left of David Duke.

  2. No, no, it’s not flip-flopping, it’s evolving.

    Which is definitely better and a sign of admirable strength, integrity and “listening to the people”.

    Unless you’re a Democrat, in which case, it’s a cardinal sin, to be derided and condemned vehemently.

  3. Trump’s immigration plan is more mangled than his syntax!

  4. If you were to Google Hillary Clinton as I just did, you’d get 247,000,000 hits. I suggest more people do that in order to catch up with her campaign and not be asked to focus almost solely on trumpet which seems to be the topic du jour. And yesterday and the day before.

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