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Washington, Aug 22 : Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, appearing to temper his hard-line approach to tackling immigration, said on Monday that he wants to come up with a plan that is “really fair” to address the millions of undocumented immigrants now in the US.

The changed comments from Trump, who is planning a major immigration speech this week, comes after he vowed to build a wall along the border with Mexico and deport immigrants who have entered illegally. The strategy had helped propel Trump to winning the Republican presidential nomination, writes the New York Times.

Asked on Fox News if he was flip-flopping on his immigration ideas, Trump insisted that he still intends to be “strong” while emphasizing the importance of fairness.

“We want to come up with a really fair, but firm, answer,” Trump said. “It has to be firm. But we want to come up with something fair.”

Trump’s different tone could be an attempt to court moderate Republican voters disturbed by his tough stances on immigration. His remarks come as recent polls have shown him falling behind Hillary Clinton in several swing states.

Trump’s new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, signalled over the weekend that the candidate has been rethinking his approach.

Pressed in an interview on CNN as to whether a deportation force was still on the table as a law enforcement measure, Conway danced around the question before demurring.

“To be determined,” she said.

Over the weekend, Trump met with his newly formed Hispanic advisory council, and BuzzFeed reported that he expressed interest in finding a “humane and efficient” way to deal with undocumented immigrants that sounded at odds with his previous plan to remove them from the country.

During his primary campaign, Trump assailed all his Republican rivals for being too weak on immigration. He kicked off his campaign saying that Mexico was sending criminals and rapists into the country, vowed that Mexico would pay for his planned border wall, and called for the “mandatory return of all criminal aliens.”

On Sunday evening, the campaign of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton released a statement scoffing at Trump’s potential change of heart on deportation, reported CNN.

“Donald Trump’s immigration plan remains the same as it’s always been: tear apart families and deport 16 million people from the United States,” said campaign chair John Podesta.

Jose Fuentes, a Trump supporter and the former attorney general of Puerto Rico, was at the roundtable with Trump on Saturday, and said he did not walk away with the interpretation that Trump was open to legalization for some undocumented immigrants.

He said it was Trump who brought up the issue of those who are in the US illegally and
asked the group to share their ideas on how to deal with them. Fuentes said that Trump used the language of wanting to handle the issue in a “fair,” “humane,” and “legal” way, but Fuentes said he didn’t automatically take that to mean that Trump was going allow some to stay or have legal status.

“He wanted to hear our ideas on how to deal with it. He requested that we put it in writing,” Fuentes told CNN. “But that doesn’t mean he’s going to take them or that he’s changed his mind.”

The new tone from Trump comes as be continues to struggle in the polls with nonwhite voters. Since reshuffling his campaign leadership last week, Trump has already expressed “regret” for remarks that he has made during the campaign that might have been hurtful, and he expanded his outreach to black voters. While it may be too late to win over skeptical Hispanic voters, expressing the desire to be more fair could still help Trump with swing voters, says the NYT.

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Trump confirms CIA chief met Kim Jong Un in North Korea

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Donald Trump confirmed CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with the leader of North Korea last week.

“Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week. Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed, ” U.S. President Trump says in Twitter post.

He added: “Details of summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for world, but also for North Korea!”

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President Trump says WTO ‘unfair to U.S.

China, which is a great economic power, is considered a Developing Nation within the World Trade Organisation.

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WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump blasted the World Trade Organization on Thursday, saying the international trade body was “unfair” to the United States while giving China “tremendous perks and advantages,” but he offered no evidence or examples to back up his claim.

“China, which is a great economic power, is considered a Developing Nation within the World Trade Organization. They therefore get tremendous perks and advantages, especially over the US Does anybody think this is fair. We were badly represented. The WTO is unfair to US,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

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President Trump suggests no deal on DACA

He also urged Republicans in charge of the Senate to “go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws Now.”

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Washington, April 2 : US President Donald Trump suggested on Sunday that there would be no deal to legalize the status of hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers”, undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.

“No MORE DACA DEAL!” Trump said in an emphatic tweet Sunday morning. DACA refers to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama administration program that shields Dreamers from deportation, Xinhua reported.

Trump shut it down last fall but gave lawmakers six month to come up with a permanent solution.

Though Congress has been unable to reach a consensus on the issue and stalled the progress, legal challenges to the Trump order has managed to keep DACA in place for now.

The President tweeted a claim on Sunday that Border Patrol agents can’t do their jobs properly because of “ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws” that allow people caught for illegally staying in the country to be released while awaiting a hearing.

He also urged Republicans in charge of the Senate to “go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws Now.”

In order to end debate and move forward to a vote on a measure or piece of legislation, Senate rules require 60 votes in the 100-member Senate. Republicans now only control 51 seats, and GOP Senate leaders have opposed Trump’s repeated call to change the longstanding rules.

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