During a podcast episode that aired on Thursday, Megyn Kelly reportedly challenged former President Donald Trump about his previously broken vow to remove birthright citizenship.
Trump informed Kelly that despite making a pledge to do so in 2016, he never carried it out due to legal complications and the COVID-19 outbreak. Trump promised to “100%” put an end to it through executive action if reelected.
“You’ve said that you will end it by executive order if put back in the White House, but putting aside the legal questions around whether that’s possible… You made this promise back in ’16 and then you didn’t do it once elected. And then as president, you kept saying that you were gonna find an executive order on this and you didn’t, so why should people believe you now?” Kelly asked the former President.
“Because the lawyers didn’t want me to do it, because the lawyers were saying you have to go through a whole big thing all over the country, you need votes of every state and everything else. I would do it. One thing I’ll say, when I look at the way Biden just signs these executive orders on student loans and on everything, knowing that you can’t do it, knowing it’s gonna be overturned, I’d rather get it through Congress. And we were working to get something through Congress,” Trump responded.
Birthright citizenship will be abolished, according to other Republican presidential hopefuls in 2024, such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Nikki Haley, a former UN ambassador, and billionaire Vivek Ramaswamy also think that children of illegal immigrants shouldn’t be given birthright citizenship.
Trump also previously pledged to build a wall along the southern border during the 2016 presidential campaign.