Donald Trump last night doubled down on his stance on illegal immigration, telling Sean Hannity that the country of Mexico is “sending us their criminals.”

“In other words, instead of putting them in their jails, they’re sending them to us,” he claimed.

“We’re not talking about the good people. The good people come and they’re great people—they’re better than good people. I love the Mexican people. They have tremendous spirit. They have tremendous vibrance and life. I love them. I have so many friends. I respect the country of Mexico,” he said.

The problem, Trump said, is that Mexican leadership is much smarter than American leadership, and that the country is killing us on jobs and economic development.

Trump said that Hillary Clinton would be “so weak” on immigration and added that Jeb Bush is “a joke” on the issue, too. He recalled how Bush said that immigrants come to the U.S. illegally as “an act of love.”

“This has nothing to do with love,” Trump said. “This is serious stuff. […]  These are dangerous people, and you saw that in San Francisco.”

Trump also reacted to media reports that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told him to tone down his rhetoric during a phone call this week. Trump told Hannity that Priebus actually called to congratulate him on topping the polls.

“He just couldn’t have been nicer,” he said.

Trump also speculated that Priebus probably “gave out the story” to media outlets.


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