Donald Trump is answering a growing number of questions surrounding his hardline stance on immigration.
The Republican presidential front-runner spoke to Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday night and responded to a report that the New York Times has off-the-record audio which shows that Trump’s position might be softer than he portrays on the campaign trail.
Buzzfeed reported that sources at the Times said Trump made it apparent that his immigration positions aren’t set in stone and could be used in future negotiations.
Trump told Hannity that the Times is “the most dishonest media group,” and is likely grasping at straws because the business is failing. Trump then cut to the bottom line.
“Everything is negotiable,” Trump said.
“I would say this. Look, I’ve always said we have some good people over here and they’re going to go out. But we will work out some system that’s fair, but we either have a country or we don’t. We need a border. We need a wall,” he continued.
Trump went on the talk about the drug problem in New Hampshire before coming back to his negotiation stance.
“There’s always going to be some negotiation. I mean, whether the wall is 50 feet tall or 40 feet tall and one of the things, one of the reporters said to me, well, ‘What happens, you know, Vincente Fox made this statement, how do you respond?’ It was an arrogant, terrible, horrible statement. And I said, here’s how I respond: The wall just got 10 feet higher. And I meant it. He was incensed,” he said.
As for the Times’ recording of him off the record, the paper said it could not release the audio without the permission of Trump himself.
“If [Trump] wants to call up and ask us to release this transcript, he’s free to do that and then we can decide what we would do,” Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal told Buzzfeed.
Many conservatives have called on him to do just that.
The response on social media was mixed:
For those wondering, BuzzFeed’s NYTimes/Trump is the definition of Yellow Journalism.
Ben Smith is as sleazy as it gets.
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) February 29, 2016
Off the record means just that. NYTimes playing dirty tricks to derail Trump on Super Tuesday.
— Crystal Wright (@GOPBlackChick) March 1, 2016
— US Nation News (@USNationNews) March 1, 2016
— John Teasley (@teasleyj) March 1, 2016
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 1, 2016
Demand Trump authorize NY Times to release audio of him saying he won’t secure borders & deport illegals! Why won’t he if not true? #TheFive
— Feisty☀️Floridian (@peddoc63) February 29, 2016
— O Bow Mao Truth Team (@BowMaoTruthTeam) March 1, 2016
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 1, 2016
To every Trump fan still cheering this lying demagogue: “Everything is negotiable.” You ppl should be embarrassed. https://t.co/giJB6oEx2S
— Bob Frantz (@FrantzRadio) March 1, 2016
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