Trump Denies Slamming Rubio on Immigration, Despite It Being on His Website


Donald Trump was confronted at tonight’s CNBC debate for criticizing both Mark Zuckerberg and Marco Rubio on immigration. He denied it, but it happens to be taken from Trump’s own website.

Moderator Becky Quick brought up two things: 1) that Trump criticized the Facebook founder on immigration, and 2) that he called Rubio “Zuckerberg’s personal senator.”

Trump denied saying either of those things.

The problem there is that this was taken from Trump’s own website. Part of the immigration policy he laid out includes a section on H-1Bs, which gives workers the ability to hire foreign workers. Trump is at strong odds with Zuckerberg on the issue and this is what his website says (emphasis added):

We graduate two times more Americans with STEM degrees each year than find STEM jobs, yet as much as two-thirds of entry-level hiring for IT jobs is accomplished through the H-1B program. More than half of H-1B visas are issued for the program’s lowest allowable wage level, and more than eighty percent for its bottom two. Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give these coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the U.S., instead of flying in cheaper workers from overseas. This will improve the number of black, Hispanic and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favor of the H-1B program. Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Senator, Marco Rubio, has a bill to triple H-1Bs that would decimate women and minorities.

After Trump denied to Quick that he called Rubio Zuckerberg’s “personal senator,” Quick apologized and they moved on. Later on in the debate, Quick brought up to Trump that it came from his own website.

Watch above, via CNBC.

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