Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE's campaign manager on Thursday sought to clarify that the candidate does not support "amnesty," "sanctuary cities" or "open borders" after the GOP presidential nominee used softer language in a series of statements on immigration.


"It is this week what it's always been. No amnesty, no sanctuary cities so that innocent victims like Kate Steinle who was murdered right in front of her father in San Francisco over a year ago ... by a man who had been deported five times," Kellyanne Conway said on CNN's "New Day."

Trump supports requiring businesses to use a federal database that tracks immigration status to "make them more accountable," Conway said.

She tried to draw a distinction between Trump's plans and those of his former primary rivals Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOwners of meatpacker JBS to pay 0M fine over foreign bribery charges Questions raised about conflicts of interest around Biden son-in-law America needs an industrial policy — now more than ever MORE and Jeb Bush, whom he targeted for harsh criticism on the issue.

"It is different," Conway insisted.

"Sen. Rubio is a particularly different case because he led the Gang of Eight," she said. "Their plan was amnesty. Their plan was — and is — if they had their way, and I think it hurt him to try to work with these Democrats who want open borders."

Conway also criticized Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonLate night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study 10 steps toward better presidential debating Continuity is (mostly) on the menu for government contracting in the next administration MORE for her position, saying the Democratic nominee supports lax immigration policies.

"She's actually considered moving to the left of President Obama on the issue of immigration, and the only way that the voters are going to know that is if we tell them, because she won't," Conway said.

"She's hiding from that."