In a rare sit down interview with NBC this weekend, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump offered some of his campaign’s policy proposals for the first time since his presidential announcement on June 16.
Appearing on “Meet the Press” on Aug. 16, Trump was asked a number of questions about his ideas to reform the nation’s immigration system by host Chuck Todd.
“We’re going to keep the families together, but they have to go,” Trump said, referring to undocumented immigrants currently in the United States with spouses, siblings and newborn children.
“We will work with them," he added. "They have to go. Chuck, we either have a country, or we don’t have a country."
Trump also said he would remove the executive action signed by President Barack Obama late last year that legalized up to 3.7 million immigrants who were brought to America as children. Known as DREAMers, they currently receive protection under federal law due to Obama’s action. However, multiple court rulings over the last year have inhibited the action’s full effect from taking place, Newsmax noted.
Todd also questioned Trump on his previous pro-choice stance and allegations that he leans more Democratic than he has let on so far.
“I’m pro-life and I was begrudgingly the other way,” Trump said about his previous stance on abortion and his current stance, of which he has clarified before. “I’ve always hated the concept of abortion, always hated it. And through various things and seeing various things, I’ve totally evolved on that issue and I’m pro-life.”
Trump also stated that he believes in exceptions, such as rape, incest and the life of the mother.
When asked if he had ever donated to Planned Parenthood in the past, Trump could not recall a specific time when he did, but left open the possibility of having previously donated.
“I don’t know, but it’s possible," he said. "I give to so many charities, Chuck. I give to so many organizations over the years. Hundreds of millions of dollars. And so I don’t know. I don’t think so. But it’s possible somewhere."
Trump also revealed a plan to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) by cutting off the terror group’s money supply by taking over oil production fields located in the Middle East. While Trump said that his administration would share some of the monetary resources with the Iraqi government, his major concern was to take care of wounded veterans and their families.
“We’ve had soldiers that were hurt so badly and killed,” Trump said. “I want their families to get something. Wounded warriors all over the place. They got nothing. And they can’t even say we had a victory.”
Trump also discussed President Obama’s deal with Iran, the federal minimum wage, Obama’s birth certificate (which Trump largely brought into the limelight in 2011), and Republican presidential contender and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. You can watch the full interview at this link.
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