"I like letting the states set the minimum wage," Trump said during an interview on Fox News' "Hannity."
"New York is totally different than if you go to Alabama or Arkansas ... you're talking about a whole different cost of living," Trump said. "So what's good for New York is not necessarily good for somewhere else."
"New York is very expensive to live in, and I could see having more in New York and less in other places," he said, saying "states have to compete with each other."
"In some states where it's more expensive, maybe they do have to lift the minimum wage," he said.
Trump reversed course last week and expressed openness to increasing the federal minimum wage, which is at $7.25 an hour. Some cities have raised it to $15, and raising the minimum wage is a common talking point among the Democratic candidates.
Trump said over the weekend he'd support a federal minimum wage "floor." Republicans have generally voiced opposition to raising the federal minimum wage, arguing it reduces the number of available jobs.
The businessman argued Clinton would be "horrible" for the economy, mentioning her husband's support of the North American Free Trade Agreement in the 1990s.
Trump was also asked about whether his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States was "just a suggestion" as the businessman remarked the previous day, which led some to speculate he was softening his stance. Trump pivoted to specifically discuss Syrian refugees in response.
"I would not allow people to come in from Syria. They're not vetted properly," Trump said. "We cannot allow people to come in from Syria, and I would stop it, and I would stop it immediately."