Are any of Trump’s statements during the GOP primary valid in the general election? Does it matter?

Of course, in an election, you move to the center after winning a primary but can you change your entire world view?

Apparently you can…

Self-funding?

The candidate “took steps to appropriate much of the Republican National Committee’s financial and political infrastructure for his presidential campaign,” the New York Timesreports. Having spent around $40 million on the primaries, Trump, who claims to be worth as much as $10 billion, insists that “he may need as much as $1.5 billion for the fall campaign, but that he will seek to raise it from donors.”

Self-fundraising?

An ambitious fundraising effort that aims to collect as much as $1 billion to support presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee is taking form, with plans to kick off an aggressive schedule of finance events in Los Angeles at the end of this month.

Investor Thomas Barrack Jr., who did real estate business with Trump in the 1980s, is scheduled to host a campaign fundraiser honoring the candidate on May 25, according to multiple sources familiar with the plans. The gathering at Barrack’s home is set to include a photo line, cocktails and dinner. A spokesman for Barrack declined to comment and referred questions about the event to the Trump campaign. A campaign aide confirmed the event was taking place.

Immigration?

The most optimistic analysis of Trump as a presidential candidate is that he just doesn’t believe in positions, except the ones you adopt for strategic purposes when you’re making a deal. So you obviously can’t explain how you’re going to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, because it’s going to be the first bid in some future monster negotiation session.

Muslim ban?

Minimum wage?

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump seemed to reverse himself on the federal minimum wage during an interview Sunday morning.

“Let me just tell you, I’ve been traveling the country for many months. Since June 16th. I’m all over,” Trump told NBC News’ Chuck Todd. “I have seen what’s going on, and I don’t know how people make it on $7.25 an hour.”

“Now, with that being said, I would like to see an increase of some magnitude,” he added. “But I’d rather leave it to the states.”

Trump continued, “I think people should get more … I don’t know how you live on $7.25 an hour. But I would say let the states decide.”

Taxes?

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Sunday he was open to raising taxes on the rich, backing off his prior proposal to reduce taxes on all Americans and breaking with one of his party’s core policies dating back to the 1990s.

“I am willing to pay more, and you know what, the wealthy are willing to pay more,” Trump told ABC’s “This Week.”

After effectively sealing the Republican nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential election last week, Trump has used speeches and interviews to offer more details on his policy positions.

Debt?

Fortune magazine asked Trump in an interview published Thursday how paying off the $19 trillion debt in 10 years was possible; a pledge The Post called  “nonsensical, and as The Hill reports, even budget hawks called ridiculous.

In the interview, Trump denied ever making the claim. “No, I didn’t say 10 years,” Trump responded. “First of all, with low interest rates, you can think in terms of refinancings, and get it down. I believe you can do certain things to pay off the debt more quickly. The most important thing is to make sure the economy stays strong. You can do it in smaller chunks. You can do it in larger chunks. And you can do it in refinancings.”

Whereas he told The Post he would “get rid” of the $19 trillion, he told Fortune he now wants to pay off a “percentage” of it. He hasn’t determine what percentage, saying “It depends on how aggressive you want to be. I’d rather not be so aggressive.” Why? Because he has some spending to do.

Don’t forget: We have to rebuild the infrastructure of our country. We have to rebuild our military, which is being decimated by bad decisions. We have to do a lot of things. We have to reduce our debt, and the best thing we have going now is that interest rates are so low that lots of good things can be done that aren’t being done, amazingly.

Tariffs?

Neil Cavuto asks him about the 45 percent tariff comment, which was reported by the New York Times. “That’s wrong. They were wrong. It’s the New York Times, they’re always wrong,” Trump said. Timesjournalists who were present for the editorial meeting promptly took to twitter and pushed back:

Nothing matters.

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