TAMPA — Donald Trump returns to Florida today amid signs he’s backing away from some of the hardline proposals on illegal immigration that were a signature element of his ascent to the Republican presidential nomination.
“There certainly could be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people,” Trump told Sean Hannity of Fox News in an interview Tuesday night.
Trump is scheduled to appear at a 1 p.m. rally here. Follow PostOnPolitics.com and @gbennettpost on Twitter for coverage.
Trump told Hannity he’s still for building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. But his past calls for deploying a “deportation force” to remove an estimated 11 million people in the country illegally (in as little as 24 months, Trump once suggested) appear to be in question.
Hannity asked Trump: “Is there any part of the law that you might be able to change that would accommodate those people that contribute to society, have been law abiding, have kids here – would there be any room in your mind, because I know you had a meeting this week with Hispanic leaders.”
Said Trump: “I did, I had a meeting with great people, great Hispanic leaders, and there certainly could be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people…We have some great, great people in this country.”
Trump has trailed Democrat Hillary Clinton by single digits in several Florida polls since both parties held their nominating conventions last month. An online poll by Saint Leo University released Tuesday gives Clinton a 52-to-38 percent lead in the state.