Donald Trump said in an interview with The Washington Times that economic conditions are so perilous the country is headed for a “very massive recession” and that “it’s a terrible time right now” to invest in the stock market, though his comments don’t match forecasts.
Usually, major party candidates don’t make gloom and doom comments that could affect the markets. When this was mentioned, he said he knows Wall Street and “I don’t need them.”
“I’m the Lone Ranger,” he said, and will govern the way he has campaigned with a Trumpian foreign policy. His first 100 days in office will be to turn long-standing foreign policy upside down and alter the US role in NATO, cut taxes, and renegotiate trade and military deals.
He’s going to get rid of the nearly $20 trillion in debt in eight years. That would mean cutting half the budget each year though he says he will do it by renegotiating deals. He’s not afraid of a trade war.
He will command respect throughout the world with an “aura of personality.”
He would support nuclear disarmament like Obama but doesn’t see it happening.
Transparency wouldn’t be an issue – there wouldn’t be any news about what happens inside a Trump White House. People will sign nondisclosure agreements.
“When people are chosen by a man to go into government at high levels and then they leave government and they write a book about a man and say a lot of things that were really guarded and personal, I don’t like that,” Trump said.
Everyone has been telling him to tone down his attacks and be more conciliatory but he won’t do it and said overtures to others are “overrated.”
Sometimes you have to “break an egg”, he said, the Cruz and Kasich are the “two remaining eggs.”
He will announce about 10 to 12 people he would appoint as judges and he’s getting the names from The Federalist people and The Heritage Foundation.
His Vice Presidential running mate will be a DC fixture with 25 years or more experience.
The leading GOP contender decided to run for president because, “I just felt there were so many things going wrong with the country,” Trump said of his thinking at the time. He was frustrated with what he saw as the “stupidity” of trade deals and Iran nuclear negotiations that were “terrible” and dominated by “Persians being great negotiators.”
Trump’s wife, Melania, heard most of his complaints, but was not enthused about him becoming a candidate. “She said, ‘We have such a great life. Why do you want to do this?’ ”
“I said, ‘I sort of have to do it, I think. I really have to do it.’ . . . I could do such a great job.”
Later, Melania said, “I hope you don’t do it, but if you run, you’ll win,” according to Trump.
Now, more than a year later and with the Republican nomination in sight, Trump’s family is giving him different advice. “My family said to me — and Don [Jr.] has said this, and Ivanka, and my wife has said this — ‘Be more presidential.’ ”
Trump said he is getting similar guidance from close friends.
He doesn’t agree, at least not yet. He needs to win first.
The interviewers suggested he was the Lone Ranger and he responded, “I am. Because I understand life. And I understand how life works. I’m the Lone Ranger.”
While he doesn’t see Little Marco or Low-Energy Jeb coming back to him, Trump seemed unsure whether Cruz would ultimately fit that category. Trump noted that they had gotten along quite well for many months and suggested they could again, but he was also ambivalent about potentially reaching out to Cruz if he beats the senator from Texas for the nomination.
“I’ll never have to call him,” to get his help and support, Trump said, adding that if Cruz did reach out, he would congratulate him. “Because out of 17 people, you beat 16. Okay? Which is pretty good.”
Hard to agree with that. Texas is a key state.
After he wins the presidency, he said he will “be so presidential, you won’t recognize me. You’ll be falling asleep.”