Snapshots: Trump ‘softening’ on immigration
Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he is open to “softening” laws dealing with immigrants in the country illegally, the latest sign that the Republican presidential nominee is considering easing the hardline stance he has taken since the beginning of his campaign.
Trump, taping a town hall in Austin, Texas, for Fox News, was asked by moderator Sean Hannity if he would change current statutes to accommodate law-abiding citizens or longtime residents who have raised children in the United States.
“There certainly can be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people,” Trump answered. “We want people — we have some great people in this country.”
Trump has repeatedly declared that if elected, he would deport the 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally.
But he has hedged his stance in recent days, and during the taping he ruminated aloud about the fairness of breaking up families. He even polled the audience about what they would do about the crucial policy.
“So you have somebody who’s been in the country for 20 years, has done a great job, and everything else,” Trump said. “Do we take him and the family and her and him or whatever and send him out?”
The crowd’s reaction was split: Some cheered when Trump suggested that the immigrants be allowed to stay, others roared when he suggested deporting them.
Clinton: Health claims ‘wacky’
Hillary Clinton is pushing back against charges that she’s physically unfit for the White House.
The Democratic presidential candidate said the accusations are part of a “wacky strategy” by GOP rival Donald Trump and an “alternative reality” that’s not focused on the kinds of issues that are most important to voters.
“I do feel sometimes like this campaign has entered into an alternative universe,” she said in an appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” taped Monday afternoon.
“I have to step into the alternative reality and, you know, answer questions about, am I alive, how much longer will I be alive, and the like.”
Clinton said she doesn’t question Trump’s health — she believes he’s “healthy as a horse.”
“This has become one of their themes,” she said. “Make sure I’m alive.”
The comments marked the first time Clinton has addressed debunked rumors about her health, which have been encouraged by Trump and his backers.
Much of the speculation stems from a concussion Clinton sustained in December 2012 after fainting, an episode her doctor has attributed to a stomach virus and dehydration.
Trump has questioned Clinton’s stamina at campaign rallies and speeches, saying in a foreign policy address earlier this month that she “lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS.”