President Donald Trump's tone and language on immigration during his State of the Union address is what he "sounded like when he first launched his bid in 2015, according to The Washington Post reporter Robert Costa on Tuesday night.
"If you're looking for a presidential pivot, recall that this tone and language on immigration is exactly what President Trump sounded like when he first launched his bid in 2015, almost four years ago," Costa tweeted. "That was before Miller, before Bannon. This is who he is."
Trump during his speech renewed his calls for a wall along the southern border and said tolerance for illegal immigration is "not compassionate," but "cruel."
"Simply put, walls work and walls save lives," Trump said. "So, let's work together, compromise, and reach a deal that will truly make America safe."
Of the barrier, the president said: "This is a smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier – not just a simple concrete wall. It will be deployed in the areas identified by border agents as having the greatest need, and as these agents will tell you, where walls go up, illegal crossings go way down."
Miller, a senior policy adviser for Trump, has played a major role in shaping immigration policy, and even pushed to enforce the family separation policy at U.S. borders, according to The New York Times.
"No nation can have the policy that whole classes of people are immune from immigration law or enforcement," he said last June. "It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero-tolerance policy for illegal entry, period. The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law."
Trump during his announcement to run for president in 2015 charged Mexican immigrants were rapists who were bringing drugs into the country.
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