Katrina Pierson, a spokeswoman for Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE, said Trump's position on immigration hasn’t changed, despite a week of speculation that he may be softening his stance on the hot-button issue.

“Well, it is not really complicated,” she told Fox News on Saturday.  

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“Mr. Trump is simply trying to have a discussion about what needs to happen and what he wants to do. He has said many times in many rallies that he doesn’t want to be like [President] Obama and start signing executive orders, and he will have to work with Congress to get some of the more complex things done. But his overall message has not changed. There is no path to citizenship. There is no path to — those here illegally will have to leave.”

Speaking earlier Saturday at an event with Republican Sen. Joni Ernst in Iowa, Trump pledged that "on day one" of his presidency, he would "swiftly" remove "criminal, illegal immigrants."

He also accused the media of missing "the whole point" on immigration.

"In recent days, the media — as it usually does — has missed the whole point on immigration. All the media wants to talk about is the 11 million or more people here illegally," Trump said, speaking from the "Ride and Roast" event in Iowa.

"But my priority is the well-being of 300 million American citizens, including millions of Hispanic citizens and legal residents who want a secure border, a safe and drug-free community, and a growing economy."