DENVER (CBS4) – On a day Donald Trump promised to boost military spending by tens of billions of dollars, his son talked to sportsmen in Colorado about getting a Republican in the White House.
CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd talked one-on-one with Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday. A lot of people are wondering if and when Donald Trump comes back to Colorado. His son told Boyd it will be soon.
Donald Trump has only made one campaign appearance in Colorado and just started airing his first ad. But his son insists Colorado is important to his father.
When asked why he hasn’t made more of an aggressive effort in Colorado, Trump Jr. replied, “I think he’ll be here. I thik he’s obviously focused on a lot of places that are a lot more difficult of an electoral map for Republicans than Democrats.”
Donald Trump has gone back and forth on whether he would deport everyone in the United States illegally. His son said for now the policy is mass deportation.
“You can’t start a good-faith negotiation with someone essentially committing a crime or perpetrating a fraud to get in there,” Trump Jr. said. “He’s not against immigrants … I’m the son of an immigrant, he is the son of an immigrant; but those people also went through a process.
“They’re here. There is damage that has been done by illegal immigration in this country. It’s cost people, especially, by the way, in the inner cities and of the Latin communities — it’s cost them jobs, it’s driven down wages, it’s made it difficult for those people to surmount some of the incredible hurdles that they do face in the inner cities.”
Trump Jr. was in Colorado talking to sportsmen and fundraising. He told Boyd the military in Colorado is a huge component of his father’s support in the state and he says “without a doubt” his father will be back.
Boyd asked Trump Jr. why his father hasn’t made a more aggressive play in Colorado.
“I think he’ll be here. I think he’s obviously focused on a lot of places. There are a lot of places that are a lot more difficult on an electoral map for a Republican than a Democrat,” Trump Jr. responded. “So we have to be in a lot more places. Colorado is a place near and dear to my heart. I lived here for 18 months after graduating from college. I love it here; I grew up coming here all the holidays with my family. I still come with my kids, now that I have five kids. It’s an important state for us … my father will be here a lot.”
Trump Jr. says the upcoming debates are significant and to look for his father to be himself.
He says his father isn’t doing the traditional mock debate prepping, but rather he’s preparing by talking to the American people about the issues.
Trump Jr. also weighed in on a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage in Colorado. He says while it’s a state issue, raising it too fast is disastrous to business and leads to automation.
Watch CBS4 News at 10 on Wednesday for CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd’s report on what Trump Jr. thinks a better solution to the minimum wage debate is and what he thinks of drilling on federal lands in Colorado.