Sunday, March 6, 2016

Trump's GOP rivals attack his 'flexibility' on torture, immigration

With an eye on the general election — and suddenly "flexible" on immigration — Donald Trump has backed off from some of the hardline rhetoric that has fueled his presidential campaign, at least for the moment.
"Believe it or not, I'm a unifier," Trump offered during a raucous rally Friday in suburban Detroit. "We are going to unify our country."
Republican adversary Ted Cruz wasn't having it. "Donald is telling us he will betray us on everything he's campaigned on," he said as he campaigned in Maine, one of five states voting in weekend primaries and caucuses.
Harry Reid: ‘I’m Kind of Pulling for’ Trump
Trump's apparent outbreak of moderation on several fronts, including the most inflammatory one, immigration, comes after a dominant Super Tuesday performance that extended his reach for the Republican nomination and as GOP establishment figures stepped up to assail him.
In the rollicking Republican debate Thursday night, Trump retreated from a position paper on his website, saying he had swung in favor of more temporary H-1B visas for skilled foreign workers. His stance against that had been one of the few specific policies he had laid out.
"I'm changing, I'm changing," he said. "We need highly skilled people in this country." Hours later, his campaign released a statement backing away from the new position, deepening the sense that Trump's agenda may be less strategic than improvisational.
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