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Trump Raised $5M on Wednesday: Report

Donald Trump was able to raise $5 million dollars in a single day from small online donations.

The Hill reports:

Republican presidential nominee Donald raised more than $5 million on Wednesday, the day he visited Mexico and delivered a highly anticipated immigration speech, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Trump’s digital director, Brad Parscale, told the Journal that Wednesday’s haul is a new daily record for the real estate mogul. He said that it consisted of online small-dollar donations and doesn’t include donations made through the phone or mail.

The fundraising record comes following Trump’s last-minute trip to Mexico City to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto amid reports that the GOP nominee is softening his stance on immigration.

At a joint press conference Wednesday afternoon, Trump called for an end to the “humanitarian disaster” of illegal immigration and said the U.S. and Mexico have a “shared objective” in ending it. Trump said that he met with Peña Nieto for more than an hour and ended his speech by calling the Mexican president a friend.

Taking questions from reporters following the speech, Trump said their discussion of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border did not include payment. Peña Nieto later contradicted Trump’s answer, saying he told the businessman Mexico would not be paying for construction of the wall.

At a rally in Arizona later on Wednesday, Trump returned to his usual rhetoric and laid out a hard-line immigration plan that shut down any rumors that he would be pivoting or softening his position on the issue. He promised to build his signature border wall and warned that no one illegally in the country would be exempt from deportation.

“Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have laws and to have a country. Otherwise we don’t have a country,” Trump said Wednesday night.

Trump has been stepping up his fundraising as he seeks to close the gap with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. In July, he raised $80 million, but he still lags behind Clinton, who raised $90 million and continues to boast a significant cash-on-hand advantage.

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