The Republican presidential nominee has taken a lot of heat for his executive order temporarily banning travel to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
But as he made a late-afternoon stop in Phoenix, Arizona, Trump did not deny he’s made the order an issue.
He instead took a more expansive view.
Trump is now suggesting that the ban is an example of how he and his Republican Party are anti-immigration.
He’s been talking about it for weeks, Trump told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson.
He even suggested that President Obama was responsible for the immigration restrictions that he signed into law.
“I think that’s what I did.
I’m the one that signed it,” Trump said.
“I’m the president.
I signed it.
It’s his call.
It is his call.”
Trump is also suggesting that President Barack Obama, who Trump has frequently criticized, is responsible for some of the immigration crackdowns in the U.S. and has the blame for the recent spike in immigration.
“You look at what’s happening,” Trump told Carlson.
“There is a huge spike in illegal immigration in this country, and I think that was caused by the Obama administration.
And the people who are going to make up the numbers are the same people that made up the illegal immigration numbers, right?
They’re not doing it in the proper way.”
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.