He also accused the Chinese Communist Party – without providing any evidence – of orchestrating illegal immigration into the US and said he believed China would try to interfere in the presidential election, adding that he liked President Xi Jinping “a lot”. “He was a very good friend of mine during my term,” he said. Asked on “Sunday Morning Futures” by the interviewer, Maria Bartiromo, whether he thought “military-aged men” from China were “being directed by the Communist Party to come here,” Trump said: “I believe so”.
Referring to a recent incident in New York City in which a group of men identified by police officials as migrants from Latin America attacked police officers, Trump said: “The heads of these countries are smart. They’re not sending the people that are doing a great job and that they love in the country. They’re sending people, for the most part, that they don’t want, and they’re putting them into caravans.” That statement echoed one of the most incendiary lines from his first campaign announcement speech in 2015: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” he said at the time, continuing: “They’re bringing drugs… crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” He also has repeatedly and falsely said that migrants from South and Central America are coming from “mental institutions” and jails.
Trump also spoke approvingly, as he has before, of the military-style mass deportation of Mexican immigrants under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Mass deportations are part of an extreme expansion of the anti-immigration policy that Trump is planning if he is elected again.
In a separate interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Trump’s last Republican primary opponent, Nikki Haley, accused Trump of “playing politics with the border.” Trump has been loudly trying to kill a bipartisan immigration and border security deal in Congress. “He shouldn’t be getting involved, telling Republicans that, wait until the election because we don’t want this to help Biden win,” Haley said, adding: “He’s absolutely playing politics by telling them not to do anything.”