Donald Trump Secretly Told The NY Times What He Really Thinks About Immigration

Source: BuzzFeed News | February 29, 2016 | Ben Smith

The New York Times is sitting on an audio recording that some of its staff believes could deal a serious blow to Donald Trump who, in an off-the-record meeting with the newspaper, called into question whether he would stand by his own immigration views.

Trump visited the paper’s Manhattan headquarters on Tuesday, Jan. 5, part of a round of editorial board meetings that — as is traditional — the Democratic candidates for president and some of the Republicans attended. The meetings, conducted partly on the record and partly off the record in a 13th floor conference room, give candidates a chance to make their pitch for the paper’s endorsement.

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On Saturday, columnist Gail Collins, one of the attendees at the meeting (which also included editor-in-chief Dean Baquet), floated a bit of speculation in her column:

The most optimistic analysis of Trump as a presidential candidate is that he just doesn’t believe in positions, except the ones you adopt for strategic purposes when you’re making a deal. So you obviously can’t explain how you’re going to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, because it’s going to be the first bid in some future monster negotiation session.

Sources familiar with the recording and transcript — which have reached near-mythical status at the Times — tell me that the second sentence is a bit more than speculation. It reflects, instead, something Trump said about the flexibility of his hard-line anti-immigration stance.

So what exactly did Trump say about immigration, about deportations, about the wall? Did he abandon a core promise of his campaign in a private conversation with liberal power brokers in New York?

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  •  slhancock1948 #1812

    Just watched the live stream broadcast of the Cruz rally in San Antonio. He mentioned this. I wonder out loud if Phyllis Schafly will NOW rescind her endorsement of Trump? For the life of me, I just never got what she believed Trump was going to do. He has not said the same thing twice since he posted his manifesto. He has no core values. What was she thinking? What did she get influenced into believing?

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     Scarlett_Says #1818

    If it wouldn’t be such a disaster for our Republic, I’d love to see Trump elected just so he can break every promise he made to the FR Trumpanzees.

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