Donald Trump has no regrets.
The bombastic real estate mogul and reality television star said Wednesday he has no second thoughts about anything he said in his blustering — and oft lampooned — 45-minute campaign kickoff speech.
That includes a remark that portrayed immigrants from Mexico as “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.” It drew condemnation from the Mexican government as “biased and absurd.”
“I know the speech went well. There’s nothing in there I didn’t mean,” Trump told The Associated Press in an interview.
“I did it with no notes, no teleprompter. I like going off-script a little bit,” Trump said. “I meant everything I said, and I think a lot of it resonated with different groups of people.”
Trump made the comment about immigrants while boasting about his ability to fortify the U.S. southern border, saying “nobody builds walls better than me, believe me.”
Republished with permission of The Associated Press.