GOP platform gets official Trump makeover – see what was decided

The official policy platform of the Republican Party just got a Donald Trump makeover.

Members of the Republican Platform Committee endorsed some of the presumptive presidential nominee’s proposals, voting Tuesday to include language on immigration as well as a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to The Hill.

Committee members endorsed language applying “special scrutiny” of those wishing to enter the U.S. from “regions associated with Islamic terrorism.” The addition of language on building the border wall was also a win for Trump as it passed unanimously through a subcommittee and was not amended at the at the full committee hearing.

“Back on June 16 of 2015, Donald Trump proposed this, and it resonated with the people of America,” said committee member and delegate from New Hampshire, Stephen Stepanek who endorsed Trump last month.

“So not only is the Platform Committee recognizing the position Donald Trump has held throughout the primary process, it has been endorsed by the American people, who have overwhelmingly supported his positions and overwhelmingly made him the presumptive nominee,” he said, according to the Hill.

The addition of the border wall language is significant due to the controversial nature of the topic throughout Trump’s campaign. The party is now, in effect, fully embracing the proposal calling for a wall that must cover “the entirety of the Southern Border and must be sufficient to stop both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.”

“I support the presumptive nominee, and so putting language in there to support his proposals is a good idea,” said Kelly Armstrong, a Platform Committee member and delegate from North Dakota. “At the end of the day, a strong immigration policy is something Republicans will support, and we’ll support our nominee’s positions on that.”

 

Though not all Committee members agreed, most saw the benefit of bringing the party platform in line with Trump’s proposals that have resonated with the American people.

“By the time we leave the Platform Committee meeting and by the time Republican delegates leave Cleveland, we’ll go home united and ready to support Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, a delegate on the committee.

“You’re going to see a very united Republican Party,” she told the Hill. “So many [delegates] have already come around. … A number of individuals are no longer talking about how they wish their candidate had won. They’re talking about what can we do to help Donald Trump.”

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