Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that “Whenever somebody hears that it was an illegal that was involved with the death of their children, it becomes politically incorrect for a politician to help them” at a press conference on Friday after meeting with the parents of children killed by illegal immigrants.
Trump said of the killings, “there’s no reason for it. People came into the country illegally and killed their children. … And nobody wants to talk about it. We just spent a lot of time discussing what happened. And the folks were telling me something that was incredible. Whenever somebody hears that it was an illegal that was involved with the death of their children, it becomes politically incorrect for a politician to help them. That’s how messed up our nation is.”
He continued, “what happened the other day with Kate [Steinle] was incredible, and very interestingly, I started about a month before talking about the borders. But everybody in the press knows, I’ve been talking about this for years. And right after I guess I caused controversy, and for no reason, because I was talking about Mexico is sending people that Mexico doesn’t want, and everybody knows that’s what I was saying.” Before re-iterating that he has no animosity towards Mexican people and respects the country of Mexico and criticizing the press for being “very dishonest.”
Later, Trump said, “I heard there were going to be big protests outside, you heard that. There’s hardly anybody. And I can tell you, if you look at who those people are and where they came from, they were very well spoken. Check out the Mexican government, because I’ve been talking about the horrible trade deals that the United States is making with Mexico. And again, I respect Mexico for it, but I don’t respect our leaders. And those trade deals are taking our jobs, they’re taking everything. … And I’m telling you that Mexico is more concerned about my talk on trade, than my talk on illegal aliens or immigrants, believe me. Because now Mexico is having a hard time making deals because they’re saying, ‘Oh, Trump has brought this to light.’ So, I have brought the immigration problem to light, especially concerning the illegal aliens and the illegal immigrants, But I have also brought trade to light. Because we are losing billions and billions and hundred of billions of dollars with China and Japan and Mexico and every single country that we deal with. We don’t make good deals anymore in the United States.”
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