NPR’s politics team is live annotating Trump’s speech below. Portions we commented on are highlighted, followed by analysis, context and fact check in italics.
Donald Trump’s Remarks on Immigration
August 31, 2016, Phoenix
What a crowd, what a beautifcul crowd. Thank you, thank you. Wow. That’s a lot of people Phoenix, that’s a lot of people. Thank you very much. Thank you.
Thank you Phoenix. I am so glad to be back in Arizona. A state that has a very very special place in my heart. I love the people of Arizona and together we are going to win the White House in November. Now you know, this is where it all began for me. Remember that massive crowd also. So I said let’s go have some fun tonight, we’re going to Arizona.
This will be a little bit different, this won’t be a rally speech per se.
Instead, I’m going to deliver a detailed policy address on one of the greatest challenges facing our country today, illegal immigration.
I’ve just landed, having returned from a very important and special meeting with the president of Mexico. A man I like and respect very much and a man who truly loves his country, Mexico.
And by the way, just like I am a man who loves my country, the United States.
We agreed on the importance of ending the illegal flow of drugs, cash, guns and people across our border and to put the cartels out of business.
We also discussed the great contributions of Mexican American citizens to our two countries, my love for the people of Mexico and the leadership and friendship that we have between Mexico and the United States. It was a thoughtful and substantive conversation, and it will go on for a while and in the end we’re all going to win. Both countries. We’re all …