Trump tweets that his comments about Hillary Clinton were not vulgar.
Once again, #MSM is dishonest. "Schlonged" is not vulgar. When I said Hillary got "schlonged" that meant beaten badly.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2015
Trump demands an apology from Clinton over her remarks that he is being used for ISIS recruitment.
I demand an apology from Hillary Clinton for the disgusting story she made up about me for purposes of the debate. There never was a video.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2015
At a rally in Grand Rapids, MI, Trump comments on Clinton’s bathroom break at the Democratic debate.
What happened to her? I’m watching the debate, and she disappeared. Where did she go?! I know where she went. It’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it. No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting…Even a race to Obama, she was gonna beat Obama. I don’t know who would be worse, I don’t know, how could it be worse? But she was going to beat — she was favored to win — and she got schlonged, she lost, I mean she lost.
Clinton’s campaign responds:
We are not responding to Trump but everyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women should. #imwithher
— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) December 22, 2015
In an interview on Meet the Press, Trump calls Clinton a liar.
It’s just another Hillary lie. She lies like crazy about everything — whether it’s trips where she was being gunned down in a helicopter, or an airplane. She’s a liar and everybody knows that.
Later he tweets:
Hillary Clinton lied when she said that "ISIS is using video of Donald Trump as a recruiting tool." This was fact checked by @FoxNews: FALSE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2015
During the Democratic presidential debate Clinton says Trump is hurting the U.S. fight against terrorism with anti-Muslim rhetoric.
He is becoming ISIS’ best recruiter.They are going to people, showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists…The first line of defense against radicalization is in the Muslim American community — people who we should be welcoming and working with…I worry greatly that the rhetoric coming from the Republicans, particularly Donald Trump, is sending a message to Muslims here in the United States and literally around the world that there is a clash of civilizations, that there is some kind of Western plot or war against Islam, which then, I believe, fans the flames of radicalization…If you’re going to put together a coalition in the region to take on the threat of ISIS, you don’t want to alienate the very countries and people you need to be part of the coalition.
During an annual news conference with reporters, Putin comments on Trump’s standing in the race.
He is a bright and talented person without any doubt. [He] is an outstanding and talented personality. [He is] the absolute leader of the presidential race.
It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond. I have always felt that Russia and the United States should be able to work well with each other towards defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect.
After Rand Paul says Trump’s plan to shut down the internet, would be “getting rid of the First Amendment” Trumps says that if ISIS kills Americans, Americans should be able to kill ISIS and infiltrate their networks.
ISIS is recruiting through the internet. ISIS is using the internet better than we are using the Internet and it was our idea. What I wanted to do is I wanted to get our brilliant people from Silicon Valley and other places and figure out a way that ISIS cannot do what they’re doing…We’re not talking about closing the Internet. I’m talking about parts of Syria, parts of Iraq. Where ISIS is. Spotting it. Now, you could close it. What I like even better than that is getting our smartest and getting our best to infiltrate their Internet.”
Trump appears to be surprised by audience members booing.
I just can’t imagine somebody booing. These are people that want to kill us, folks. And you’re objecting to us infiltrating their conversations? I don’t think so.
Malala speaks in Birmingham, UK, about Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
Well, that’s really tragic that you hear these comments which are full of hatred, full of this ideology of being discriminative towards others.
She later criticises the media:
I have to say that whether it’s Western media or Eastern media, if they only blame 1.6 billion Muslims for terrorists attacks then terrorism can’t be defeated, that just leads to creating more anger in people and leads to producing more terrorists.
Trump’s doctor, who has been his personal physician since 1980, releases his medical records. He says Trump has a blood pressure reading of 110/65, has lost 15 pounds over the last year, takes 81 mg of Aspirin each day, and a small dose of statins.
Over the past 39 years, I am pleased to report that Mr. Trump has had no significant medical problems, If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency. Mr. Trump has suffered no form of cancer, has never had a hip, knee or shoulder replacement or any other orthopedic surgery. [He has] no history of ever using alcohol or tobacco products.
In a statement Trump says he is “blessed with having great genes”.
At a rally in Des Moines, IA, Trump responds to a New York Times report that said Ted Cruz questioned Trump’s judgment in a closed-door meeting, questioning Cruz’s oppositions of Ethanol subsidies.
I do like Ted Cruz, but not a lot of evangelicals come out of Cuba. Not a lot come out…With the ethanol, really, he’s got to come a long way, ’cause right now he’s for the oil…But I understand it, oil pays him a lot of money. He’s got to be for oil, right? But I’m with you. I’m self-funding. I have no oil company. I have no special interest.
Trump is interviewed by Lemon on CNN about his plan to halt Muslim immigration, a possible third-party bid, and the effect the campaign has on him. He says that his plan would have exceptions for Muslim athletes and diplomats.
I am the least racist person that you have ever met…I’m doing good for the Muslims. Many Muslim friends of mine are in agreement with me. They say, ‘Donald, you brought something up to the fore that is so brilliant and so fantastic.’ I have many friends who are Muslims. They’re phenomenal people. They are so happy at what I’m doing. I love the Middle East. I love the people of the Middle East.
On a third party run:
I think it’s highly unlikely unless they break the pledge to me, because it’s a two-way street. They said they would be honorable. So far, they, I can’t tell you if they are, but the establishment is not exactly being very good to me. If they don’t treat me with a certain amount of decorum and respect. If they don’t treat me as the front-runner…If the playing field is not level, then certainly all options are open. But that’s nothing I want to do.
On comparisons with Hitler:
You know where things bother me? If things are true. If that were true, it would bother me tremendously. But of course if you were a racist you probably wouldn’t care. But if things are true, it would bother me. But if it’s so false, and honestly I don’t hear it often.
Cuomo interviews Trump on CNN about his call for a ban on Muslim immigration. Cuomo:
You’re acting out of fear, not making us look strong, and rejecting what America is all about.
You’re going to have many more World Trade Centers if you don’t solve it — many, many more and probably beyond the World Trade Center…They want our buildings to come down; they want our cities to be crushed. They are living within our country. And many of them want to come from outside our country…We can close our eyes. We can put the blinders on, but I don’t choose to do that…I have common sense. I know what has to be done, and we don’t want to have a situation like Paris. And we don’t want to have another World Trade Center…We need a certain toughness in this country or we’re going to end up like a lot of the other places and we’re not going to have a country left.
Trump also says that Roosevelt had instituted similar programs:
If you look at FDR, ’cause I watched Jeffrey Lord this morning, and I thought he was fantastic, by the way. If you look at him, the presidential proclamations 2525, 2526 and 2527 — that was very, very stringent.
In a written statement, Trump’s campaign says U.S. borders should be closed to Muslims.
Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on. Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine.Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.
Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager, says the shutdown would would apply specifically to student visas, tourists, and other travelers to the United States. Trump confirms his policy would not apply to current Muslims in the U.S. during a Fox News interview.
I have Muslim friends, Greta, and they’re wonderful people. But there’s a tremendous section and cross-section of Muslims living in our country who have tremendous animosity. It does not apply to people living in the country, except we have to be vigilant.
At the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia, Trump says he will participate in the CNN debate:
When you’re leading in the polls, I think it’s too big of a risk to not do the debate. I don’t think I have the kind of leverage I’d like to have in a deal, and I don’t want to take the chance of hurting my campaign. So, I’ll do the debate…If I don’t do ’em, the problem will be: ‘Oh, he’s chicken, he’s using that as an excuse.’ Every single person doing the debate would knock the hell out of me and say I’m afraid to be there. The one thing I’m not in life is a chicken.
In an interview with Fox & Friends, Trump says that if he were president he would order the killing of terrorists’ families.
You have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families.
Trump is interviewed by Jones on The Alex Jones Show. On the New Jersey 0/11 celebrations:
People have called in, and on twitter @realDonald Trump, they’re all tweeting. I know what happened and I held my line. People wanted me to apologize, and we can’t do that. People like you and I can’t do that so easily. Now, we can do it if we are wrong. You apologize, I’d apologize if I was wrong.
Clinton, she’s so corrupt, she’s so corrupt and she shouldn’t be allowed to run and frankly her greatest legacy – she was a horrible Secretary of State – …will be getting out of the email scandal. That’s what I think – it’ll be one of the greatest jobs I’ve ever seen of getting out of a scandal because General Petraeus and many others have been destroyed for doing five percent of what she did. She shouldn’t be allowed to run, but you know the recent Fox poll that just came down two days ago has me beating her head-to-head, which is very interesting, very good and beating her handily and soundly, but we have to get it right.
At a rally in Macon, GA, Trump is introduced by Cain.
You have a lot of people in the media and the establishment that are trying to bring down Trump with lies and BS, and it’s not going to work.
Trump says CNN should pay $5 million for him to appear at their upcoming debate.
CNN doesn’t treat me properly. [I might not] do the debate unless they pay me…How about we do this with CNN? I won’t do the debate unless they pay me $5 million and the money goes to wounded warriors or vets.
In an editorial on Breitbart.com, Davi compares Trump to actor John Wayne.
I cannot sit back and listen to the media continually outright defame Donald Trump. I will not remain silent any longer. I am watching the pundits and media hosts continually bash Donald Trump and call him a liar over his claim that Muslims in New Jersey were cheering and celebrating over the Towers coming down…Trump is the only one who has continually challenged the media, and that now has rubbed off on other candidates. He has empowered others. The difference is in authenticity. Trump leads the pack and sets the agenda. The others follow…If Ronald Reagan was the Gary Cooper of politics, Trump is the John Wayne. So, pilgrim, I’d rather have a President Trump who tells it like it is than a deceiver who feeds us sugarcoated poison at bedtime, only to have us wake up dead.
Trump gives a speech to a rally in Sarasota, FL. He says The New York Times should give him an apology over the Kovaleski affair.
I took a lot of heat about a reporter. What really happened? I think it’s very important for me to say. I made a statement that – I was talking about groveling – a reporter was groveling. He took back a statement he wrote 14 years ago…I don’t knock people that have problems, believe me. I would never mock a person that has difficulties….Who else is going to take on The New York Times? I don’t care. … They’ll probably be out of business pretty soon….The problem is, [Kovaleski]’s using what he’s got to such a horrible degree, I think it’s disgraceful…I think the New York Times frankly should give me an apology. I’d love to have the apology before they go out of business.
In response to Kovaleski’s claim that he interviewed him in the 80s, Trump releases a statement saying he doesn’t remember him.
I have met thousands of reporters over my lifetime. Very few treat me fairly, but those that do I have great respect for. Serge Kovaleski, who said he interviewed me in the 1908s is grasping at straws because he is embarrassed because after 14 years, with no retraction, he tried to change his story.
His meeting with me may have been the highlight of his career, it certainly wasn’t the highlight of mine. While I may have met him, I don’t remember him — he made no impression upon me. I have done many day in the life stories with reporters – the entire day in the life usually lasts for a very short period as far as the actual reporting goes. I leave this message to Serge Kovaleski who I look forward to meeting or meeting again someday. Don’t change a story you wrote 14 years ago — you lose all credibility.
The good part for Serge is that he has gotten more publicity in the last 48 hrs than he has in the past 35 years — and he obviously loves it which is why he keeps pushing this ridiculous story — but that’s fine with me.
Trump releases a statement concerning the claims about him mocking Kovaleski.
In my recent speech before 10,000 people in Myrtle Beach, SC, I merely mimicked what I thought would be a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago. If Mr. Kovaleski is handicapped, I would not know because I do not know what he looks like.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2015
After Kovaleski says he did “not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating,” Trump mocks him at his rally in Myrtle Beach;
Written by a nice reporter. Now, the poor guy — you ought to see the guy: ‘Uh, I don’t know what I said. I don’t remember. Oh maybe that’s what I said.’ This is 14 years ago. They didn’t do a retraction.
The New York Times claims that Trump is mocking Kovaleski’s disability (the reporter has arthrogryposis), calling his actions “outrageous”.
Trump is interviewed by Hannity on his Fox News show. Trump talks about ISIS, refugees, and attacks by the Republican Party.
I’ve been telling you, on your show, for three years now: you have to attack the oil…They were laughing, ‘Oh how crazy!’…Now all of a sudden, three-four days ago, after Paris, they start attacking the oil, doing exactly what I said.
Trump gives a speech at Myrtle Beach , SC, with Melania, and his family, the first time Melania has been seen on the campaign trail. He criticizes Obama.
Look at our inner cities…I call him [Obama] the great divider. I am going to be a unifier.
Trump also calls on Americans to take action and report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.
The real greatest resource is all of you, because you have all those eyes and you see what’s happening. People move into a house a block down the road, you know who’s going in. You can see and you report them to the local police. You’re pretty smart, right? We know if there’s something going, report ’em. Most likely you’ll be wrong, but that’s OK. But let the local police go in and check out and you get rid of this stuff. That’s the best way. Everybody’s their own cop in a way, you gotta do it. You gotta do it.
Trump also calls up a man who is wearing a Trump wig to the stage (42 minutes):
This is what I call a real supporter, Wow! Are you married? [To wife] Are you happy with your husband? She said yes! She fantasizes that he’s really the real Donald Trump.
UFC’s McGregor criticizes Trump for his negative tweet about Rousey (he had called her “a bad person”).
It’s easy for someone that’s not in there to comment, but it’s different when you’re in there. The emotions are high. It is what it is. You either want to touch gloves or you don’t. That means nothing, so Donald can shut his big, fat mouth. I don’t give a f-ck about Donald Trump.
At a rally in Columbus, OH, Trump reads an extract from The Washington Post about U.S. Muslims celebrating the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings.
But the media was going crazy, and one of my people came in, “Mr Trump, I have a story in The Washington Post”. Among the most dishonest people I have ever dealt with are the media. The level of dishonesty is unbelievable. This is a story from the Washington Post on September 18. [reads extract]. So they’ve come in and we’ve received hundreds of phone calls to my office, and they [the media] have tried to deny it…They’ll find some reason to deny it. They’ll call it a typo. A long and winding typo.
Trump tweets an extract from The Washington Post confirming his earlier statement that U.S. Muslims were celebrating the 9/11 attacks.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2015
In an interview with Fox & Friends, Trump repeatedly calls the heckler “obnoxious”.
I will tell you that the man that was — was I don’t know you say roughed up, he was so obnoxious and so loud, he was screaming. I had 10,000 people in the room yesterday, 10,000 people, and this guy started screaming by himself and they — I don’t know, rough up, he should have been — maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing. This was not handled the way Bernie Sanders handled his problem, I will tell you, but I have a lot of fans and they were not happy about it. And this was a very obnoxious guy, who was a troublemaker, was looking to make trouble, but I didn’t get to see the event.
After Southall starts shouting “Black lives Matter” during Trump’s speech in Birmingham, AL, a fight breaks out around the protestor. A man punches and attempted to choke him, and Southall ends up on the ground. Trump halts the rally while Southall is taken out of the building.
Get him the hell out of here, will you, please?
Trump. Melania and his children, are interviewed by Walters for 20/20. Trump, on his earlier marriages:
I’ve gone through tremendous amounts of everything, deals and building companies and taking care of people. It hurts a marriage because you’re working all the time… what I did is I worked so hard that I think it was a very, very hard thing for somebody to compete with.
We have great chemistry. To be with a man as my husband is—you need to know who you are… you need to have a very independent life as well and supporting him, you need to be very smart and quick, and be there for him when he needs you.
In an interview with Guilfoyle on On The Record, Trump says any database would be for Syrian refugees. He also says he could not hear the reporter’s questions because the music in the hall was loud and people were calling on him to sign books.
I was really responding to a totally different reporter. I want a watch list. I want a database for the Syrian refugees that Obama is going to let in…because nobody knows where they’re coming from. I hear some are missing. You’re looking what happens in Paris, and all over the place. I want to have watchlists, I want to have surveillance programs. We’re not a bunch of babies. We need protection and we need it now.
Trump says he did not call for a database of Muslims.
I didn't suggest a database-a reporter did. We must defeat Islamic terrorism & have surveillance, including a watch list, to protect America
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2015
In response to questions from an NBC reporter Trump talks about a Muslim database.
TRUMP: There should be a lot of systems, beyond a database, we should have a lot of systems. And today you can do it. But right now we have to have a border, we have to have strength, we have to have a wall. And we cannot let what’s happening to this country happen.
REPORTER: But is it something your White House would like to implement?
TRUMP: Oh, I would certainly implement that, absolutely.
REPORTER: What do you think the effect of that would be? How would that work?
TRUMP: It would stop people from coming in illegally. We have to stop people from coming into our country illegally.
TRUMP: It would be just good management. What you have to do is good management procedures. And we can do that.
REPORTER: Would you go to mosques and sign these people up into the system?
TRUMP: Different places. You sign ’em up at different — but it’s all about management. Our country has no management.
Trump releases four radio ads for Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, In one, called Produce, he says that the Paris attacks show that “America needs to get tough on radical Islamic terrorism.”
I will stop illegal immigration. We’ll build a wall on the southern border and yes, I will also quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS….We will not have to listen to the politicians who are losing the war on terrorism.
Another ad talks about campaign financing:
I’m not taking special interest money, and I’ve called on other candidates to disavow their super PACs but none of them have done it, which means they’ll be puppets for lobbyists, donors and special interests.
On CNBC’s Squawk Box, Trump says that he will not allow Syrian refugees to enter the U.S.
We have no idea who these people are, we are the worst when it comes to paperwork. This could be one of the great Trojan horses. We cannot let them into this country, period. Our country has tremendous problems. We can’t have another problem…As far as Merkel’s concerned, she ought to be ashamed of herself, what she’s done. She blew it, when she allowed this to happen, this migration.
He says later on MSNBC that it’s time to start surveillance of mosques, and said the U.S. should shut some down if they have radical leaders.
Well you’re going to have to watch and study the mosques, because a lot of talk is going on at the mosques. Well I would hate to do it [close mosques] but it’s something you’re going to have to strongly consider. Some of the absolute hatred is coming from these areas. … The hatred is incredible. It’s embedded. The hatred is beyond belief. The hatred is greater than anybody understands. I know so many people, Muslims, who are such unbelievably great people, and they’re being so badly tarnished by what’s happening now, it’s a shame.
On CNBC’s Morning Squawk, Trump says France’s gun control laws contributed to the Paris attack
And by the way, France is — France and Paris is one of the strictest in the world with guns. Those people were sitting there with no guns whatsoever — hundreds of people. There wasn’t a gun in the room except for the bad guys. Had there been some guys carrying a .45, had there been some guys with a gun, there would have been a shootout and probably the primary people that got whacked would have been the killers. So, you know you can say what you want about all of these people that preach guns but France, you can’t get any tougher than peace or any tougher that were France. These people walk into a room with hundreds and hundreds of people not a gun in the room except the bad guys. And they just said, ‘Come here – boom, come here — boom.’ They just shot these people at will for a long period of time and killed them and had there been other people carrying weapons, you would have had a lot different story, believe me.
Trump and Legere have a Twitter exchange after Legere calls out Trump for disparaging remarks he made toward UFC fighter Ronda Rousey. Trump claims he is a T-Mobile customer and has experienced poor service from the company.
— John Legere (@JohnLegere) November 16, 2015
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2015
The exchanges continue, with Leger posting of graffiti of Trump as a pile of excrement.
Trump tells a rally in Fort Dodge, IA, that those who support Carson are “stupid” to believe the “crap” that is his life story. At one point, Trump walks away from the podium and flipped his belt buckle up and down to ridicule what Carson has described as a key event in his life: that Carson, as a boy, once tried but failed to stab someone only to have the knife broken by a belt buckle.
So I have a belt: Somebody hits me with a belt, it’s going in because the belt moves this way. It moves this way, it moves that way. He hit the belt buckle. Anybody have a knife? Want to try it on me? Believe me, it ain’t gonna work. You’re going to be successful, but he took the knife and went like this and he plunged it into the belt and, amazing, the belt stayed totally flat and the knife broke…How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?
Now that he’s completed his gratuitous attack, why don’t we press on and deal with the real issues. That’s what the people of America are concerned about, not so much politics as usual, politics of personal destruction — that’s what the American people are sick and tired of…It’s not the kind of dialogue that I would ever engage in and I’m hopeful that his advisers will help him to understand the word pathological and know that that does not connote incurable. It simply describes something that is highly abnormal and something that fortunately I’ve been able to be delivered from for half a century now.
The WSJ criticizes his trade comments at the debate:
Start with trade, which showcased Donald Trump. “I love trade. I’m a free trader, 100%,” said the businessman, after declaring that he opposed the only free-trade deal currently on offer, the U.S. agreement with 11 other Pacific nations. Mr. Trump called it a “terrible deal,” though it wasn’t obvious that he has any idea what’s in it. His one specific criticism was its failure to deal with Chinese currency manipulation. But it took Rand Paul to point out that China isn’t part of the deal and would be happy if the agreement collapsed so the U.S. would have less economic influence in Asia.
.@WSJ Editorial Board should review my debate statement re China and T.P.P. and apologize. China not part but will get their way in later.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2015
Trump also responds to an editorial by Rove in the same paper, that said he lost the debate, by calling Rove a “biased dummy” and a “dope”:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2015
— Karl Rove (@KarlRove) November 12, 2015
Trump takes part in the fourth GOP debate, in Milwaukee, WI, where he expands on his plan to deport illegal immigrants.
We will have a wall. The wall will be built. The wall will be successful…We’re a country of laws. We either have a country or we don’t have a country? Let me just tell you that Dwight Eisenhower, good president, great president, people liked him. “I like Ike,” right? The expression. “I like Ike.” Moved a 1.5 million illegal immigrants out of this country, moved them just beyond the border. They came back. Moved them again beyond the border, they came back. Didn’t like it. Moved them way south. They never came back.
He also criticizes Fiorina saying:
Why is she always interrupting people?”
Trump hosts SNL for the second time — the first time was in 2004. During the show’s opening monologue someone is heard screaming ‘Trump is a racist!’ The heckler turns out to be Larry David, who plays also Bernie Sanders in various skits. Referring to a Latino group that had offered anyone in the audience money to yell out, David says:
I heard if I yelled that they’d give me $5,000.
As a businessman I can respect that.
Other sketches includ a fast forward to a world in which Trump has become president and ‘made America great again’ and a remake of Drake’s Hotline Bling video, with new lyrics defending the rapper’s dancing, and Trump dancing as the ‘tax guy.’
Trump’s campaign says he is negotiating his terms directly with television executives instead of as part of a joint effort with his rivals. The move, coming just hours after his and other campaigns gathered in a Washington suburb to craft a three-page letter of possible demands, thwarts an effort to find consensus after what most candidates agreed was a debacle hosted by CNBC last week. The maneuvering by Trump and the other Republican candidates is being met with annoyance by network executives, who say they have little interest in altering a process they believe was settled months ago. Trump’s campaign manager:
I am very confident in Mr. Trump’s ability to negotiate the best deals with the networks, which will ultimately help all of the candidates in the race.
Calling the Department of Veterans Affairs ‘a total disaster,’ Trump unveils his plan to reform Veterans Affairs health care at a rally in Norfolk, Virginia.
He calls for all eligible veterans eligible for health care at VA hospitals to be allowed the same care at any hospital that accepts Medicare. He says this would increase competition and decrease wait times. He also calls for ‘firing the corrupt and incompetent VA executives’, claiming his plan would end all waste, fraud and abuse. For returning veterans, Trump pledges to increase job training and to incentivize companies to hire them.
Under this plan, we’ll ensure the VA is spending its dollars wisely, not corruptly. I believe a lot of it’s corruption, personally. Nobody can be that incompetent… The Trump plan will clean up VA finances so the current VA budget provides more and better care than it does now. We’ll have money actually left over.
Trump also addresses how he would increase support to female veterans with all VA hospitals permanently staffed with an obstetrician.
Trump is interviewed after the debate.
Well, I thought that if you looked at Hillary’s deal a couple of weeks ago, the questions were much softer, much easier and much nicer. It was like a giant love fest. That did not take place over here. This was pretty tough. But, I would say that’s the way you want it to go…That was actually quite boring – this was more exciting.
Trump participates in the third Republican debate. On his biggest weakness:
I trust people too much, I’m too trusting. And when they let me down, if they let me down, I never forgive.
Super PACs 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.
In an interview with HuffPost Live, Tyson says he supports Trump.
He should be President of the United States. That’s what he should be. He should be President of the United States…[So he’s got your vote?] Hell, yeah. Big time…Why wouldn’t anybody like [him]? A guy that came from where he came from and doing what he’s doing and now this is where he’s at now. Know what that means? That doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy. Or that people don’t know what they’re doing. That means people are tired of what you’ve been doing. What we’ve been doing the last 20 years. Let’s try something new. We tried Obama, time for a change, so we gotta change. Let’s run America like a business. No colors matter. Whoever can do the job, gets the job.
In a call to Morning Joe, Trump says he doesn’t understand his drop in recent polls.
I don’t get it…I’m going there (to Iowa) actually today and I have tremendous crowds and I have tremendous love in the room and, you know, we seem to have hit a chord. But some of these polls coming out, I don’t quite get it.
He says he is stepping up attacks on Ben Carson.
You know Ben wants to knock out Medicare. I heard that over the weekend, he wants to abolish Medicare. And I think, you know, abolishing Medicare. I don’t think you’re going to get away with that one. And it’s actually a program that’s worked…You look at different things having to do with Ben and there’s a lot of contradiction and a lot of questions. We’ll have to see. One thing I know about a front-runner: you get analyzed 15 different ways from China.