Maybe, according to The Hill.
The meeting at The New York Times took place on Jan. 5 and was partially conducted off-the-record. The meetings are conducted ahead of the newspaper endorsing a candidate.
A columnist at the newspaper wrote about Trump's immigration plans. People familiar with the off-the-record interview suggested that what the columnist wrote reflects something Trump said to them.
"The most optimistic analysis of Trump as a presidential candidate is that he just doesn’t believe in positions, except the ones you adopt for strategic purposes when you’re making a deal. So you obviously can’t explain how you’re going to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, because it’s going to be the first bid in some future monster negotiation session," columnist Gail Collins wrote.
The editorial page editor of the Times declined to comment about the off-the-record portion of the interview to Buzzfeed News. He said if Trump wants the recording released, he can ask the paper and it will then make a decision.Ted Cruz took on Trump.
"A very disturbing story that broke today," Cruz said in a video he posted to Twitter.
He said the New York Times has a "secret tape" of Trump saying that "he doesn't believe what he's saying on immigration."
"That all of his promises to secure the borders are not real and if he's president he doesn't intend to do what he says," Cruz said.
"The New York Times apparently has this on tape."
Cruz said if Trump didn't say that to the newspaper, then he deserves to have the situation "cleared up." But if it's true, voters need to know, he said.
"The voters deserve to know if he says something different when he's talking to The New York Times then he does when he's talking to the voters," Cruz said. "And we deserve to know before Super Tuesday."Mark Levin just mentioned this at the top of his radio show, and I agree. This tape needs to be released because it is an important issue and one that, I believe, Trump has used to ride his way to the top of the GOP Primary run.
And if he's being deceitful, it needs to be known by the voters.