Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has managed to sidestep the controversy he caused over his recent “blood” comments about a female Fox News host following the first Republican debate last week and then recently shared his political views on NBC’s Meet The Press aired on Sunday.
Leading in the early Republican polls by a wide margin and tapping into a newfound energy for an non-establishment candidate, Trump holds conservative values and yet appeals to some non-conformists by going against the grain and not accepting large campaign sums from wealthy lobbyists or spending millions on campaign ads.
“A lobbyist called me yesterday. One of the biggest. He said, ‘Don I want to give 5 million to your campaign.” Trump recalled.
“I said, ‘I don’t want it, I don’t need your money. I don’t want it.’ Because if he gives me $5 million, all of a sudden I guarantee he ‘s going to call and say, ‘You know, I represent such and such a company.’ I don’t want to have any –” Trump said on Meet the Press.
On the campaign trail, Trump has boasted of his billions while using some of his personal wealth for his presidential campaign.
Women’s Health Issues
Trump explained on Meet the Press that women’s health issues are very important to him and said, “I cherish women.”
Concerning abortion, Trump emphasized that he is pro-life and opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother is going to die.
Trump said that Planned Parenthood has to stop with the abortions and he wouldn’t fund Planned Parenthood if they’re doing abortions.
“It bothers me greatly that they’re doing the abortions. At the same time, women’s health issues are, you know, very important to me. Now, you have a lot of other people that do that without the abortion clinic. Because they really are to a large extent an abortion clinic.” Trump said.
Foreign Policy and Immigration
When discussing foreign policy issues such as Iraq and ISIS, Trump spoke about circling ISIS with thousands of ground troops, taking away their wealth, and re-distributing oil money to wounded U.S. soldiers and families of soldiers.
After he was questioned if America should take over the oil fields instead of giving them to Iraqis, Trump replied, “Well, we can give them something. But we should definitely take back money for our soldiers.”
Trump said that he would reluctantly defend Saudi Arabia for a large sum of money if the country becomes destabilized and erupts into a civil war.
“I would say reluctantly. But we’re going to get paid a lot of money” Trump said while also pointing out that America receives little for supporting Saudi Arabia.
“We’re not paid. We defend Saudi Arabia. We send our ships. We send our planes. Every time there’s a little ruckus, we send those ships and those planes” Trump said.
“We get nothing. Why? They’re making a billion a day. We get nothing” he added.
Trump said that Germany should play a larger role leading the charge in Ukraine against Russia.
“Germany’s a very, very powerful, and economically powerful, and rich country. Why isn’t Germany, Chuck, leading this charge? Why is the United States?” Trump asked.
Trump called Mexico the “new China” and said that he’s a huge fan of the Mexican people but noted they have to pay for the border wall.
On Trump’s website he outlines an austere plan to make Mexico pay for the border wall.
Here is the Trump plan:
“Mexico must pay for the wall and, until they do, the United States will, among other things: impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats (and if necessary cancel them); increase fees on all border crossing cards – of which we issue about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays); increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico (another major source of overstays); and increase fees at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico [Tariffs and foreign aid cuts are also options]. We will not be taken advantage of anymore.”
Trump called NAFTA a “huge mistake” and maintained that America’s southern neighbor is taking away business from America.
If elected, Trump would rescind the Dream Act executive order and tell undocumented immigrants to go home.
When asked about what to do with the illegal immigrants who don’t have any place to go, Trump answered, ” We will work with them. They have to go. Chuck, we either have a country or we don’t have a country.”
Trump’s draconian immigration policies that have been paraded around as being pro-American are not credible or likely to be executed the way he proposes.
His immigration views border on mindset driven by xenophobia and paranoia.
Deporting roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants won’t be an easy task for a Trump administration and the deportation costs will likely soar to several billions of dollars.
Ending birthright citizenship, a step that Trump hopes to accomplish, would also require a constitutional amendment.
Trump hopes to place limitations on green cards issued to foreign workers abroad in the hope that Americans will be hired first.
“Before any new green cards are issued to foreign workers abroad, there will be a pause where employers will have to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed immigrant and native workers” Trump wrote.