GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE offered his personal definition of conservatism on Sunday amid criticism he is not a true Republican.


“Well, for me, conservatism as it pertains to our country is fiscal,” Trump told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“We have to be strong and secure and get rid of our debt,” he said. “The military has to be powerful and not necessarily used, but very powerful.”

“I want people to be taken care of from a healthcare standpoint,” Trump added. “I want Social Security without cuts. And to me, conservative means a strong county with very little debt.”

Trump’s remarks come as he leads multiple national polls as the front-runner for the GOP’s presidential nomination next year.

The outspoken billionaire admitted on Sunday that some of his critics’ worries about his ideology are fair, given his past beliefs.

“Well, I think they have a point from years ago,” he said. “But, they also have that same point with Ronald Reagan, who was a Democrat absolutely with a liberal bent.”

“And Ronald Reagan became, you know, not only a Republican but a pretty conservative Republican,” Trump said. “Not the most, but a pretty conservative Republican.”

“He is somebody I actually knew and liked,” he added of the former president. “And he liked me. But I think when you get right down to it, people do evolve on certain issues.”

Detractors have repeatedly argued that Trump is too liberal on issues like healthcare and abortion.

The New York business mogul countered on Sunday that his stances are gradual developments based on his experiences.

“I’m pro-life and I was begrudgingly the other way,” Trump said as an example. “As a real estate developer and as what turned out to be a world-class businessman based on what I’ve done, you don’t ask questions about, ‘Gee, are you pro-choice?’ Are you pro-life?’ ”

“And through various things and seeing various things, I’ve totally evolved on that issue,” he added. “And I’m pro-life.”

Trump on Sunday released a policy statement on immigration, saying reform must put “the needs of working people first — not wealthy globetrotting donors.”

Trump called for a wall to be built across the southern border, demanded that current immigration laws be enforced and said any immigration plan “must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.”

—This report was updated at 10:59 a.m.