US presidential candidate Donald Trump took questions from the media prior to addressing a campaign rally in New Hampshire:
8/15/15, "TRUMPMENTUM: at Top of the Polls, The Donald Catches Fire on the Trail," Breitbart, Matthew Boyle, Hampton, New Hampshire
"Arriving shortly before 7 p.m. at Winnacunnet High School here in
Hampton, New Hampshire, on Friday evening, billionaire Donald Trump—and
his entire campaign entourage—whizzed into a
classroom-turned-into-press-conference-setup to face a room with more
than 40 reporters waiting for him.
Trump fielded question after question from reporters throughout the
room for more than 20 minutes, detailing his policy viewpoints, bashing
his competition and lighting up the permanent political class and all
the lobbyists—acting presidential throughout the press conference,
laying out his vision for the United States of America clearly,
concisely, with specific policy viewpoints and showing complete lack of
fear of any political foe or threat to the United States. He went from
domestic policy issues like the heroin and drug epidemic plaguing places
like New Hampshire and nearby Massachusetts to foreign policy to trade
policy to military policy to immigration policy to politics from the
campaign trail to criticism of the Obama administration and the Bush
administration that preceded it, sprinkling in hits on Democratic
frontrunner former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Mr. Trump, you said that the concept of global warming was created
by China [to hurt the United States]. Can you explain precisely how
China created the concept of global warming?” one reporter asked. Trump
"I said that in a very sarcastic fashion—but it’s helping
China because China is doing very little about global warming and this
country has gone overboard. You saw what happened the other day with
President Obama’s bill. It’s going to put costs out of control, and we
have to compete with China. We have to compete with the rest of the
world. China loves what we’re doing on global warming, that I can tell
you. You go over to China and see what their factories are doing. Their
factories are doing absolutely nothing having to do with global warming
and they won’t for many, many years. China is making it impossible
between their devaluations—I was just talking about with somebody who
really knows the subject—their devaluations and the whole thing with
global warming, China is making it impossible for our companies to
compete and we better get smart on this."
Next up after environmental policy was Iraq.
“Governor Bush said this week that bringing down Saddam Hussein was a
good deal. Do you agree with him? Do you think it was worth it?”
another reporter asked. Trump responded:
"We spent $2 trillion in Iraq. We lost thousands of lives
in Iraq. We have wounded warriors who I love all over this country and
beyond, okay? Was it worth it? We have nothing. We have nothing. His
brother made a horrible decision and President Obama made a horrible
decision the way he left. We should have taken the oil instead of giving
it to ISIS and Iran. You know who the primary beneficiary of the oil
is? China. China is taking out so much oil. I said you shouldn’t have
gone in, but I said once you went into Iraq you should have never in a
million years, you should have never—you go in, you never won—but a lot
of mistake on the Iraq wars. I heard Jeb Bush talking. First of all it
took him five days before he could give an answer. And after the
pollsters told him what to say, he’s now trying to backtrack—probably
because his brother said ‘hey wait a minute you’re killing me here. It’s
bad. That’s my legacy, the Iraq war.’ The Iraq war is a disaster for
the Bushes. That’s why the last thing we need is another Bush. Saddam
Hussein, instead of him, you have ISIS. Instead of him, you have Iran
taking over. So you tell me: Was it worth what we paid for?"
After that came U.S. foreign policy with Russia. “Mr. Trump, you said
U.S.-Russian relations are destroyed. Are you going to fix—“ a reporter
began to ask before Trump, at that point on a roll and gaining
momentum, cut him off.
“I said they’re terrible,” Trump corrected the reporter. “They’re not
destroyed but they’re pretty well-destroyed. I think I would have a
great relationship with Russia and Putin.”
“Would you roll back sanctions with Russia?” the reporter followed up.
“It depends, depends,” Trump answered. “They have to behave also.”
“Why do you think you’d get along well with Russia,” the reporter pressed again. Trump replied:
"I think I’d get along well with Putin. I know many of the
people. I had a major event there two years ago in Moscow, as you know.
It was a tremendous success. An amazing success. I think I’d get along
well with Putin. And I think I’d get along with the leaders of the world
well, many of them. Not all of them. And the ones I don’t get along
with, they’re going to have to pay. We have to make our country great
again and we’re not doing that. We’re going in the wrong direction.
We’re going like this [points downward]. Laughing stock. We’re a
laughing stock all over the world."...
That-and more-was all before he took the stage shortly thereafter and
directed another short set of remarks to the overflow room with an extra
8/15/15, "Lightning Round With Donald Trump," NY Times, Maureen Dowd, op ed columnist
"I’m not a
believer in man-made climate change." Donald Trump
News that doesn't receive the necessary attention.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
China loves what we're doing on global warming, that I can tell you. China is doing very little about global warming and this country has gone overboard. I'm not a believer in man-made climate change-US presidential candidate Donald Trump
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