MSNBC: Reince Priebus Calls Trump, Asking Him ‘to Tone It Down’

‘Chairman Reince Priebus spent nearly an hour on the phone with Trump yesterday … Priebus asked him to tone it down when it comes to his comments on immigration’

GEIST: “We are digging in for the marathon my friends. Let's start with that very colorful show, it called interview between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and NBC's Katy Tur. The Republican National Committee has confirmed to NBC that Chairman Reince Priebus spent nearly an hour on the phone with Trump yesterday, following that interview talking about a wide range of topics and a source briefed on the conversations says Priebus urged him to ‘tone it down’ when it comes to his comments on immigration. Here is Trump in that NBC interview doubling down on the controversial comments he made at his announcement speech.”

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TRUMP: “I’m talking about the Mexican government forces many bad people into our country, because they’re smart. They’re smarter than our leaders, and their negotiators are far better than what we have, like to a degree that you wouldn’t believe. They’re forcing people into our country. This guy that killed the wonderful young woman from San Francisco, he went back to Mexico, they forced him out. They force people into our country and they are drug dealers, and they are criminals of all kind. We are taking Mexico’s problems… I have a great relationship with the Mexican people. I have many people working for me -- look at the job in Washington -- I have many legal immigrants working with me. And many of them come from Mexico. They love me, I love them. And I'll tell you something, if I get the nomination, I'll win the Latino vote… Hillary's weak on immigration. I might be divisive on immigration, but she's weak on immigration, which is far worse. Hillary would let everybody come in. Killers, criminals, drug dealers, everybody. If you listen to Hillary, everybody is going to be flowing through the nation… I will make that wall impenetrable. OK? Impenetrable. You don’t have to worry about how high it will be, and Mexico will pay for that wall.”

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GEIST: “Trump's mention of that hotel in D.C. is not by accident. It was in response to a question in The Washington Post article which cited hotel workers who told the paper they had come to the United States illegally. Trump campaign reissued a statement about that report following yesterday’s interview that reads in part, ‘our contractors are required to have prospective employees produce documentation that established his identity and employment eligibility in compliance wit immigration law.’”

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