Donald Trump, who has made slandering illegal immigrants from Mexico a keystone of his presidential campaign, met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday — the Republican presidential nominee had returned to the aggressive tenor that has defined much of his campaign. Trump talks tough on immigration in phoenix.
“Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation”, Trump
Today, earlier in a major speech on immigration in Phoenix, Repeatedly raising his voice to a scream, he said that “anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation,” and he swore to crack down especially hard on illegal immigrants who have committed other crimes.
With less than 10 weeks until the election, Trump increasingly has tried to adjust his pitch to appeal more to moderate voters, as polls show he has fallen sturdily behind Democratic rival Hillary Clinton nationally and in battleground states.
However, the visit to Mexico and the speech in Phoenix could provide a quaking contrast for voters and send a confusing message about the kind of president he would be.
Trump said at the joint news conference in Mexico that he and Peña Nieto didn’t discuss who would pay for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, despite his long-standing vow to compel Mexico to foot the bill.
He and Peña Nieto avoided direct confrontation in front of the cameras, airing their differences on immigration, border security and trade in cordial tones.
But later, Peña Nieto tweeted: “At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall.” The Trump campaign did not immediately comment on the apparently conflicting accounts.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller issued an opaque statement Wednesday evening saying the meeting “was not a negotiation. . . . It is unsurprising that they hold two different views on this issue, and we look forward to continuing the conversation.”
Peña Nieto spokesman Eduardo Sanchez said that the president told Trump, “Mexico won’t pay for the wall,” but that his comments did not spur a discussion.
The address in Phoenix was considered a chance for Trump to clarify whether he still wants to forcibly deport all of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants after sending mixed signals recently. He left that question unanswered — dismissing it as irrelevant — while also strongly suggesting that he would push to deport as many people as possible.
Trump was joined in the meeting by former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who have become fixtures at his campaign rallies.
After shedding, for at least an afternoon, the combative tone that has become his calling card, Trump earned praise from strategists in both parties. Howard Wolfson, a former strategist and communications director for
Clinton the presidential rival of Trump, tweeted: “If you believe Trump needed to pivot, moderate and look more Presidential, that event was a home run.”