Q: Your proposed tax cut would add $10 trillion to the nation’s debt. You insist that you could make up for a good deal of that by cutting waste, fraud, & abuse.
Q: Like what? And please be specific.
TRUMP: Department of Education. We’re getting rid of Common Core. Department of Environmental Protection. We’re going take a tremendous amount out. The waste, fraud, and abuse is massive.
Q: But your numbers don’t add up. The total budget for the education department is $78 billion. The entire budget for the EPA, $8 billion. The deficit this year is $544 billion. Your numbers don’t add up. You say that Medicare could save $300 billion a year negotiating lower drug prices. But Medicare total only spends $78 billion a year on drugs.
Q: But that doesn’t really cut the federal deficit.
TRUMP: Of course it is. We are going to buy things for less money.
I wouldn’t nominate my sister to Supreme Court
Senator Ted CRUZ: Last year, when talking about Supreme Court nominees, Donald said his sister–a judge who was put on the Court of Appeals by Bill Clinton–he said his sister would make a phenomenal Supreme Court Justice. His sister is a radical pro-abortion judge. She struck down New Jersey’s ban on partial-birth abortion as irrational. That’s an extreme position.
Q: Have you suggested your sister as a Supreme Court justice?
TRUMP: I have not.
Q: You said she would be great…
TRUMP: She’s very smart.
Q: But you’d have to rule that out because she was your sister?
TRUMP: My sister is a brilliant woman. She was appointed by Ronald Reagan. He said appointed by Bill Clinton. She was elevated by Clinton to the Court of Appeals, a very high position, right under the Supreme Court. The reason she was elevated, she was an outstanding intellect and an outstanding judge. I don’t even know what her views are on abortion. She is certainly not a radical anything; that’s not her thing
Delay, delay, delay on Supreme Court appointment
Q: The death of Justice Antonin Scalia leaves a vacancy on the Supreme Court. You’ve said that the President shouldn’t nominate anyone in the rest of his term to replace Justice Scalia. If you were President, and had a chance with 11 months left to go in your term, wouldn’t it be an abdication not to name a conservative justice with the rest of your term?
TRUMP: If I were President now I would certainly want to try and nominate a justice. Frankly, I’m absolutely sure that President Obama will try and do it. I hope that our Senate is going to be able to do something about it.
Q: So, just to be clear on this, you’re OK with the President nominating somebody?
TRUMP: think he’s going to do it whether or I’m OK with it or not. I think it’s up to [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell, and everybody else to stop it. It’s called delay, delay, delay.
I would build consensus, not use Executive Orders
Q: You promised that if Ford were to move a factory to Mexico, you would stop it or threaten them with a 35 percent tax or tariff on every car sold. Based on your understanding of the presidency, where do you derive that power?
TRUMP: I would build consensus with Congress. I don’t like the idea of using executive orders like our president. I would build consensus, but consensus means hard work. You have to get them into the Oval Office and get them all together, and you have to make deals.
Hug ’em & kiss ’em & make deals, instead of executive orders
Sen. Ted CRUZ: On day one I will rescind every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action Barack Obama has done.
Q: Mr. Trump, you literally wrote the book on making deals. How is a deal maker any different?
TRUMP: A good deal maker will make great deals, but we’ll do it the way our founders thought it should be done. People get together, they make deals. Ronald Reagan did it with Tip O’Neill very successfully, you didn’t hear so much about executive orders, if you heard about it at all. You have to be able to get a consensus. The deal with Iran, how bad a deal is that? It doesn’t get any more amateurish than that. A good deal maker would never make a deal like that. With Congress, you have to get everybody in a room, and you have to get them to agree. But, you have to get them to agree what you want, and that’s part of being a deal maker. You have to get people in, grab them, hug them, kiss them, and get the deal done. But, it’s got to be the deal that you want.
SuperPACs are a disaster and cause dishonesty
I am the only campaign that’s self-funding. I’m putting up 100% of my own money. And so far, I’ve put up less than anybody and I have the best results. Wouldn’t that be nice if the country could do that?
I will be putting up tremendous amounts of money. SuperPACs are a disaster. They’re a scam. They cause dishonesty. And you better get rid of them because they are causing a lot of bad decisions to be made by some very good people. And I’m not blaming these folks–well, I guess I could.
Candidates should disavow PACs
I have disavowed all PACs. I had many people setting up PACs for me and we sent letters last week saying we don’t want their money. I mean, we respect them, we love them, assuming it’s all on the up and up, because I don’t know these people who run PACs, I don’t know what they do with everything. We disavowed all PACs, every one of them.
I’m not accepting any money from anybody
Q [to Jeb Bush]: Mr. Trump has repeatedly said that the $100 million you’ve raised for your campaign makes you a puppet for your donors. Are you?
BUSH: No. Absolutely not. The one guy that tried to get me to change my views on something–that was generous and gave me money–was Donald Trump. He wanted casino gambling in Florida.
TRUMP: I promise if I wanted it, I would have gotten it.
BUSH: No way. Believe me.
Q: What about politicians being controlled by donors?
TRUMP: Jeb made the statement, but I’m not only referring to him. A lot of money was raised by a lot of different people that are standing up here. And the donors, the special interests, the lobbyists have very strong power over these people. I am not accepting any money from anybody. Nobody has control of me other than the people of this country. I’m going to do the right thing.
Get rid of the regulations that are just destroying us
Donald Trump concluded his sold-out speech in Dallas with a call for reduced government regulation. He said, “We’re going to fight hard, we’re going to negotiate tough, and we’re going to do fantastically well. We’re going to put our people back to work. We’re going to get rid of all these ridiculous–everything is so bad–we’re going to get rid of the regulations that are just destroying us. You can’t breathe. You cannot breathe. You are going to be–if I’m elected President–so proud of your country again. You’re going to remember this evening and you’re going to say to your children and everyone else, that you were part of a movement to take back this country. And we’re going to make America great again.”
I give to politicians; and they give back: that’s broken!
Q: You’ve donated to several Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton included, Nancy Pelosi. You explained away those donations saying you did that to get business-related favors. And you said recently, quote, “When you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.”
TRUMP: You’d better believe it.
Q: So what specifically did they do?
TRUMP: If I ask them, if I need them, you know, most of the people on this stage I’ve given to, just so you understand, a lot of money. I will tell you that our system is broken. I gave to many people, before this, before two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And do you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me. And that’s a broken system.
Q: What did you get from Hillary Clinton?
TRUMP: Well, with Hillary Clinton, I said be at my wedding and she came to my wedding. You know why? She didn’t have a choice because I gave to her foundation.