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Trump campaign manager: Forced deportation 'to be determined'

By Allen Cone
Trump campaign manager: Forced deportation 'to be determined'
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday. Trump said he regretted some of his remarks have caused "personal pain." Photo by Nell Redmond/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Donald Trump's position on forced deportation for undocumented immigrants is now "to be determined," his new campaign manager said on Sunday.

That's what Kellyanne Conway, the Republican nominee's campaign manager, said on CNN's State of the Union when repeatedly asked whether the Republican presidential nominee has changed its position on deportation.

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Trump said last fall people in the country illegally should be removed. But in June he softened his statement to say he would deport only "bad dudes."

On Saturday, Trump met with a Hispanic Advisory Council at Trump Tower in New York and mentioned a "humane and efficient" way to deal with undocumented immigrants, according to Buzzfeed.

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"So what Donald Trump said yesterday in that meeting ... varied little from what he has said publicly," Conway said. "What he supports is to make sure we enforce the law, that we are respectful of those Americans who are looking for jobs, and that we are fair and humane to those who live among us."

In another matter, Conway reiterated that the candidate won't release his tax returns because are under audit.

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When she didn't work for the campaign five months ago, Conway urged Trump to "be transparent" and release his returns. But since joining the campaign, she understands the seriousness of an audit.

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Conway and Breitbart News' Steve Bannon were hired to run the campaign last week.

"This is the best week, I think, so far in the Trump campaign," Conway said on ABC's This Week. "Mostly because he's able to be himself, the authentic Donald Trump."

Trump's tone in speeches has changed and he began using a teleprompter. On Thursday in Charlotte, N.C., Trump said he regretted past comments that have caused people "personal pain."

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Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus predicted the change will attract more voters.

"I think what you're going to see is these polls beginning to tighten in the next couple weeks, and by Labor Day or thereafter I think you're going to be back to an even race if we continue down this path," Priebus told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

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