Rick Perry Dodges Trump’s Immigration Comment, ‘Wouldn’t Make that Statement’

Fox News
Washington, DC

GOP presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) was asked about fellow contender Donald Trump’s statements on illegal immigration during an appearance on Special Report with Brett Baier on Fox News Wednesday evening.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best… They’re sending people who have lots of problems,” Trump said during his formal campaign launch. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”

Perry said he wouldn’t make those statements – referring to Trump’s comment on illegal immigrants during his official campaign announcement.

He went on to say Mexico is the number one trading partner with Texas.

Perry said he wants to secure the border first – but doesn’t support an amnesty hand out.

Fellow GOP presidential candidate George Pataki criticized Trump’s statements on Twitter Wednesday.

However, GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he doesn’t think Trump needs to walk back his statements and agreed that illegal immigration is a big problem facing the nation.