August 22, 2016

Donald Trump's rise in the 2016 GOP presidential primaries has been predicated by his hard core stance against undocumented workers and immigration policies in America.

Deporting and building walls that Mexico will pay for has been his rallying cry to supporters.

But something seems to be a-changin'

Buzzfeed reported that over the weekend, Donald Trump met with Hispanic leaders and "suggested he is interested in figuring out a “humane and efficient” manner to deal with immigrants in the country illegally."

On Sunday, new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway also signaled a possible change to Trump's immigration plans when she told CNN that his deportation force was "to be determined."

So this morning he turned to the only network he seems to appear on now, Fox News and joined his favorite trio of supporters at Fox and Friends - Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Ainsley Earnhardt -- by phone.

It's long past time any network allowed Trump to phone in an interview, but then again, it's Fox.

After taking time to bash Hillary Clinton and the Clinton foundation, Doocy asked Trump about the meeting at Trump Towers on Saturday and Buzzfeed's report that Trump was open to legalization.

Doocy asked, "Are you open to leaving eleven million or so, illegals in this country right now. What's going on?"

Trump bashed McKay Coppins when he said, "Just to tell you about BuzzFeed, they guaranteed that I wasn't going to run and the writer that wrote the article said he'll take a year's salary off if I run. And I ran."

But what he said next does signal a possible softening of his previous xenophobic positions.

Trump continued, "We have to be very firm. We have to be very, very strong when people come in illegally. We have a lot of people that want to come in through the legal process and it's not fair for them. And we're working with a lot of people in the Hispanic community to try and come up with an answer."

I thought we had an answer from Trump since he's been saying he's going to deport eleven million people and build a wall.

Steve Doocy then asked, "So you're not flip-flopping?"

"No, I'm not flip-flopping. We want to come up with one a really fair, but firm answer. That's — it has to be very firm. But we want to come up with something fair."

"Firm, but fair." Is this a new campaign slogan?

He certainly is changing his tune. No more talk of rapists and criminals attacking our population and stealing our jobs.

Stay tuned. This could get interesting.

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