Republican presidential candidate Tim Scott is criticizing Donald Trump on abortion after a weekend interview in which Trump called a Florida heartbeat law protecting babies from abortions a “terrible mistake.”

As LifeNews reported, in a weekend interview, Trump called a heartbeat law protecting babies from abortion a “terrible mistake.” In a new interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, the former president denounced Florida’s heartbeat law protecting unborn children from abortion after six weeks when their heartbeat can be detected, calling it “a terrible thing” and “a terrible mistake.”

During the interview Trump also would not commit to signing a pro-life bill to ban abortions at 15 weeks and Senator Scott said Trump was wrong to let blue states continue to kill babies in late-term abortions.

“President Trump said he would negotiate with the Democrats and walk back away from what I believe we need, which is a 15-week limit on the federal level,” Scott said.

“Being tough is just not enough. Being angry doesn’t work, and frankly today, those pro-life folks that we really want to stand with us, we’re not standing by,” he said.

Scott said that pro-life Republicans have to stop leftist Democrat states from having abortions up to birth.

We must “stop California, New York and Illinois from having abortions on demand,” Scott said. “I say, not on my watch.”

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During the interview, Trump also refused to commit to supporting a national law to at least protect babies from abortions starting at 15 weeks.

NBC’s Kristen Welker asked Trump: “If a federal ban landed on your desk, if you were reelected, would you sign it – at 15 weeks?”

“Are you talking about a complete ban?” Trump asked.

“A ban at 15 weeks,” Welker said.

“Well, people are starting to think of 15 weeks, it seems to be a number that people are talking about right now,” Trump said.

“Would you sign that?” Welker pressed.

“I would sit down with both sides and I’d negotiate something, and we’ll end up with peace on that issue for the first time in 52 years,” Trump said. “I’m not gonna say if I would or I wouldn’t.”

“I mean DeSantis would sign a five-week and six-week ban,” he added

“Would you support that?” Welker asked.

“I think what he did is a terrible thing and a terrible mistake,” Trump said.

“But we’ll come up with a number, but at the same time, Democrats won’t be able to go out at six months, seven months, eight months and allow an abortion,” Trump replied.

He also said abortion could be addressed at the state or federal level.

“It could be state or it could be federal, I don’t frankly care,” the former US President asserted. “No, no. Let me just tell you what I’d do. I’m going to come together with all groups, and we’re going to have something that’s acceptable.”

Trump’s comments immediately drew criticism from pro-life advocates.

Responding to those comments, DeSantis said during a radio interview while campaigning in Iowa that he was “proud” to sign the heartbeat law.

“Donald Trump may think it’s terrible. I think protecting babies with heartbeats is noble and just and I’m proud to have signed the heartbeat bill in Florida and I know Iowa has similar legislation,” DeSantis said. “I don’t know how you can even make the claim that you’re somehow prolife if you’re criticizing states for enacting protections for babies that have heartbeats.”

Responding to Trump’s remarks, pro-life leader Lila Rose of LiveAction was resolute. She said in no uncertain terms that she thinks Trump should not be the Republican presidential nominee.

“Trump should not be the GOP nominee,” Rose said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Laws protecting the unborn are not a ‘terrible mistake,’” wrote Alliance Defending Freedom President Kristen Waggoner in response to Trump’s remark. “They are the hallmark of a just and moral society. Governors who protect life should be applauded, not attacked.”

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