President Trump touched on immigration and how he has to “govern with heart” while speaking to reporters in the White House Tuesday.
“You know, governing–when you’re a businessperson, you don’t have to worry about your heart, the heart,” Trump said, touting his time in business.
“You really do what’s best for you–you know, for almost purely monetary reasons. You know, you make your money. You’re competing against people.”
Trump sounded off on immigration, saying that as a businessperson he could have already figured it out, but he wants to approach the issue by putting himself in “their position.”
“And when you’re–in doing what I’m doing now, a lot of it is heart, a lot of it is compassion, a lot of it is far beyond money–such as immigration, such as the things we’re talking about. From a purely economic standpoint–if I was doing this purely from an economic standpoint, I would sit down and tell you in one second what I’d be doing, okay? It’s so simple. But I’m not. I’m doing it because millions of people are affected. I mean, I just–I put myself in their position.”
Trump said, “I’m telling you, the immigration is so easy to solve if it was purely a business matter, but it’s not.”
“And I think that’s something that I’ve learned maybe more than anything else. You have to–you govern with all of the instincts of a businessperson, but you have to add much more heart and soul into your decisions than you would ever have even thought of before.”
President Trump proposed an immigration plan last week that would provide a pathway to citizenship for almost 2 million people in the United States illegally, despite campaigning on ending President Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal immigrants brought here as minors.
In exchange for this concession, Trump asked for $25 billion in funding for a border security, as well as an end to chain migration and the diversity lottery.
Many Democrats attacked Trump over the proposal. For example, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that the plan was a “campaign to Make America White Again.” (RELATED: Nancy Pelosi: WH Immigration Plan Is A ‘Campaign To Make America White Again’ [VIDEO])