The New York Times is sitting on an audio that allegedly has Donald Trump saying something along the lines that he only makes his statements on illegal immigration to appeal to voters and to use them as a starting point in negotiations.
That does fit with the fact that Trump has made it clear he will negotiate and he will negotiate with the left. It also coincides with his tendency to appear to flip flop.
The Editor-in-Chief of Buzzfeed said Monday that during the same interview with the New York Times editorial board on January 5th in which Trump said he wanted a 45% tariff, he also told them his stance on illegal immigration was a strategic starting point and he says what the people want to hear to gain their support.
On Saturday, columnist Gail Collins, one of the attendees at the meeting (which also included editor-in-chief Dean Baquet), floated a bit of speculation in her column:
“The most optimistic analysis of Trump as a presidential candidate is that he just doesn’t believe in positions, except the ones you adopt for strategic purposes when you’re making a deal. So you obviously can’t explain how you’re going to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, because it’s going to be the first bid in some future monster negotiation session.”
Sources familiar with the recording and transcript — which have reached near-mythical status at the Times — tell me that the second sentence is a bit more than speculation. It reflects, instead, something Trump said about the flexibility of his hard-line anti-immigration stance.
Since it was the off-the-record portion of the interview, the Times can’t release the audio without Donald’s permission.
They would let it leak if it helped them but they want Trump to win the primary because they think he will lose to Hillary.
We need to look askance at what the New York Times says but we need to hear that audio.