Donald Trump on National security


“The fact is that we need unpredictability,” Trump said of his openness to using nuclear weapons.

Donald Trump open to nuclear retaliation after Brussels attack

CBS News – Mar 24, 2016
As for his supporters, Trump said in Ohio, “It’s not necessarily loyal to me, it’s loyal to the country. They want great security. They want great military. They want to take care of their vets. They want a border. They want a wall.”

Trump blames ‘planned attack’ by ‘professional’ protesters for not taking stage in Chicago

Chicago Tribune – Mar 12, 2016
When dealing with terrorists, Trump said, “we should go for waterboarding and we should go tougher than waterboarding.”

GOP debate: Trump’s character draws focus

BP News – Mar 4, 2016
GOP front-runner Donald Trump also chimed in, tweeting, “Do you all remember how beautiful and safe a place Brussels was. Not anymore, it is from a different world! U.S. must be vigilant and smart!.”

DC Heightens Security After Brussels Terror Attacks

Roll Call – Mar 22, 2016
“Our jobs are being sucked away, our military can’t beat ISIS… our borders are like Swiss cheese,” Trump said to the energetic crowd.

How to go: Donald Trump in Dayton Saturday

Dayton Daily News – Mar 12, 2016
Trump argued in a USA Today op-ed published last weekend that he “would support and endorse the use of enhanced interrogation techniques if the use of these methods would enhance the protection and safety of the nation.

Trump: ‘Torture Works, OK Folks?’

The Weekly Standard – Feb 17, 2016
The military under Trump, he said, will “be so big, so strong, so powerful, nobody is going mess with us.”

New Hampshire Primary 2016: Republican winner Donald Trump declares ‘We’re going to make … – Feb 10, 2016
“We need much tougher, much smarter leadership – and we need it NOW!” Trump said on Twitter.

Carnage renews debate over military and terrorism

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Nov 16, 2015
“I will build a military so strong that we’ll never have to use it because they are going to be saying, ‘I’m not going to mess with that guy,’ ” he said, without explaining how he would bolster America’s defense.

Donald Trump drops dime on Lindsey Graham, gives out senator’s cellphone number

The Post and Courier – Jul 21, 2015
Mr. Trump said he would like to “build a safe zone in Syria, build a big, beautiful safe zone, and you have whatever it is, so they can live.”

Political News, Now.

New York Times – Nov 13, 2015
“We have to have a strong military so people don’t mess with us,” Trump said.

Fourth Republican debate winds up in Milwaukee

Newsday – Nov 10, 2015
On trade , Trump said our country is in trouble if, “…we don’t get smart, very very quickly, on trade. On defense. We have to build our country big. Powerful.”

Katz: First Thoughts On Trump In Indy

WIBC – Apr 20, 2016
“Waterboarding would be fine. If they can expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding,” Trump said on NBC’s “Today” program, adding he believed torture could produce useful leads.

Trump backs waterboarding and ‘a lot more’ after Brussels attacks

WHTC – Mar 22, 2016

Donald Trump on Budget and spending


“We are going to cut the Department of Education,” Trump said when asked if he would cut spending to curb the national debt.

Trump speaks in MSNBC town hall to counter Cruz, Rubio appearance on CNN

The Dallas Morning News – Feb 18, 2016
Trump added that as a result of the funding plan, Americans will have to “absorb higher deficits, greater debt, less economic liberty, and more corporate welfare.”

Donald Trump Excoriates House Republicans Over Budget Deal: Republicans ‘Threw the Towel In, …

TheBlaze – Dec 18, 2015
Trump, asked for details of his budget plan, said, “We will cut so much, your head will spin.”

Dana Milbank: Donald Trump’s ‘Captain Underpants’ Campaign

Investor’s Business Daily – Feb 26, 2016

Donald Trump on Education



“I’m a tremendous believer in education, but education has to be at a local level. We cannot have the bureaucrats in Washington telling you how to manage your child’s education,” Trump said.

Small businesses for Trump: ‘Just get somebody different in there’

Center for Public Integrity – Feb 25, 2016
“These student loans are probably one of the only things that the government shouldn’t make money from and yet it does,” Trump wrote in his 2015 book “Crippled America.”

Trump’s 6 populist positions

Politico – Feb 13, 2016
On college debt, Trump said, ““I’m going to look into colleges. …. We’re going to do something with regard to really smart financing.”

Donald Trump’s Latest Venture: Retail Politics

Time – Feb 8, 2016
“Nothing (is) more important than higher education and education in general,” Trump said.

Trump: Christie could have ‘a place’ on my ticket

The Hill – Nov 11, 2015
“It’s the only thing the government makes money on — college students,” he said.

In Dubuque, Trump vows to unite, stresses need for right leaders

Telegraph Herald – Aug 25, 2015
“I’m not concerned about the kids growing up in wealthy communities, where high property taxes have allowed them to build great schools, hire the best teachers, and provide all the supplies they need. Those schools are doing fine,” Trump writes.

Seven things in Donald Trump’s new book you probably won’t hear at a rally

The Washington Post – Nov 3, 2015
In his chapter on education, Trump writes, “Look, I know that people both for and against school choice can roll out endless arguments showing charter schools are either very successful or make no difference at all. This is a legitimate debate.”

Trump knocks rivals, gets literary in New York

Politico – Nov 3, 2015
“I’m a tremendous believer in education, but education has to be at a local level,” Trump says to open a video he put on Facebook Tuesday.

Trump Slams US Public Schools, Pledges To Kill Common Core [VIDEO]

The Daily Caller – Jan 27, 2016

Donald Trump on Environment


On Jan. 29, 2014, Trump tweeted: “Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!”

What Donald Trump said about the Chinese inventing the ‘hoax’ of climate change – Jan 24, 2016
Trump says that “people in the 1920s thought the Earth was cooling, now it’s global warming,” implying that all subsequent climate science is nonsense.

Donald Trump On Climate Change: ‘I Believe It Goes Up And It Goes Down’ – Sep 22, 2015
Trump warns Obama: “EPA is an impediment to both growth and jobs.”

Opinion: Donald Trump’s USA Inc. will kill our climate, our economy and our democracy

MarketWatch – Aug 25, 2015
“I’m a huge believer in clean air,” Trump said June 28 on CNN’s State of the Union.

Jerry Brown to Republican Visitors: Welcome, ‘Merchants of Destruction!’

Bloomberg L.P. – Sep 15, 2015

Donald Trump on Crime and safety


“If they make one mistake its on your newscasts all night, all week, all month. The police in this country have done an unbelievable job of keeping law and order,” Trump said.

Here are the best moments from the GOP debate

Business Insider – Feb 7, 2016
“I have to say that the police are absolutely mistreated and misunderstood,” Trump said.

Rubio falters while Christie, Kasich shine in critical GOP debate

San Francisco Chronicle – Feb 6, 2016
“Police and law enforcement, I will never, ever, let them down,” Trump said at the candidate forum, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

UMass police union disavows parent union’s endorsement of Donald Trump – Dec 18, 2015
The video begins with the now infamous remarks Trump made last month during his presidential launch speech, in which he said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

DNC mocks ‘Retrumplican Party’ on immigration

The Hill – Jul 9, 2015
The Washington Post’s Charles Lane, a regular “Special Report” pundit, faced off against radio host Laura Ingraham over Trump’s June 16 comments, in which he said, among other things: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

Washington Post pundit on Fox News: Crime by illegal immigrants ‘not a real issue’

The Washington Post – Jul 9, 2015
“Our police officers have been treated horribly,” Trump told ABC News aboard his private jumbo jet Wednesday.

Experts Doubt Donald Trump’s Plan to Execute Cop Killers Would Pass Muster

ABC News – Dec 17, 2015

Donald Trump on Civil liberties


“I want surveillance and I don’t care, are you ready for this, are you ready,” Trump asked the crowd.

Donald Trump wants ‘surveillance of certain mosques’

WIAT – Nov 21, 2015
“These people always hit me with eminent domain, and frankly I’m not in love with eminent domain,” Trump said.

Trump Opponents Try To Build Eminent Domain Into S.C. Primary Issue

KGOU – Feb 17, 2016
Trump added that “when eminent domain is used on a person’s property, they get a fortune. And if they’re smart they’ll get two or three times the value of their property.”

Donald Trump Gets Booed, Then Attacks Debate Crowd for Being Filled With ‘Donors and Special Interests’

TheBlaze – Feb 7, 2016
He also cites a 2000 interview in The Advocate, in which Trump emphasizes his support for workplace discrimination protections and “strong domestic-partnership law that guarantees gay people the same legal protections and rights as married people.”

Gay YouTube Personality ‘Comes Out’ In Support Of Donald Trump

The Huffington Post – Oct 28, 2015

Donald Trump on Economy and jobs


“Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give these coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the U.S., instead of flying in cheaper workers from overseas,” wrote Trump.

Donald Trump, zingers and all, emerges as sharp H‑1B critic

Computerworld – Aug 16, 2015
“We’re bringing your business back. We’re bringing your jobs back. I love you, Ohio,” Trump roared.

Donald Trump Is Turning on John Kasich

Time – Mar 15, 2016
“It will be a tax if they don’t behave,” Trump said of China.

Live Republican debate updates: Donald Trump and rivals strike a more civil tone

Los Angeles Times – Mar 11, 2016
Not so, Mr. Trump argued, explaining that he would “start building those factories and those plants here instead of China,” thus creating more jobs.

What You Missed in the Debate

The New York Times – Mar 11, 2016
“This country is dying. And our workers are losing their jobs,” Donald Trump declared.

Why Donald Trump’s Populism Is Dangerous

The Nation – Feb 23, 2016
And last month, Trump slammed Apple’s foreign manufacturing, vowing, if elected, to make the company “start building their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries.”

Why Donald Trump’s Win Is Apple’s Loss

Fortune – Feb 21, 2016
“You see our businesses moving over to Mexico. You see other people are moving into Mexico. Mexico is going to become the next China on a smaller level,” Trump says.

Trump rally in North Augusta saw a protester thrown out and memorable quotes

WRDW-TV – Feb 17, 2016
“I will bring jobs back from China, I will bring jobs back from Japan. I will bring jobs back from Mexico,” Trump said.

GOP debate: Rubio chokes

Politico – Feb 6, 2016
“If you’re going to create 10,000 jobs for a town that’s in trouble and you need a piece of property, I’ll tell you what folks, I want to create jobs and I want to give the people that own that property more than it’s worth,” he said, suggesting a price structure at odds with the one he tried to use in 1994.

Washington Examiner: Stance on eminent domain puts Trump at odds with conservatism – Nov 9, 2015
In the Derry event referenced above, Trump went into a familiar riff: “China is killing us! They’ve taken so much of our wealth. They’ve taken our jobs. They’ve taken our businesses, they’ve taken our manufacturing.”

Donald Trump, American hustler: The frightening fascist tendencies of his GOP rise

Salon – Oct 7, 2015
Trump said the numbers will work out as long as “the economy grows the way it should grow, if I bring jobs back from China, from Japan, from Mexico, from so many countries.”

Trump hints at tax plans during ’60 Minutes’ interview

The Washington Post – Sep 27, 2015
Asked why, Trump responded, “Because it wouldn’t work, because it’s too much. You have to bring in jobs you have to take the jobs back from China, you have to take the jobs back from Mexico.”

Club for Growth vs. Trump – Sep 25, 2015
“I will create jobs like you’ve never seen,” Trump told reporters before his speech.

Trump, Clinton bring presidential messages to Arkansas

The Commercial Appeal – Jul 25, 2015
He promised to “take jobs back from Japan. I’m going to take jobs back from Mexico. I’m going to take jobs back from Vietnam.”

Former Gov. Beasley ‘very impressed’ with Trump

The Greenville News – Nov 20, 2015
In an op-ed piece in last Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, Trump asserted that “the worst” of Beijing’s “sins” is the “wanton manipulation of China’s currency, robbing Americans of billions of dollars of capital and millions of jobs.”

Trump Is Wrong on China

Barron’s – Nov 14, 2015
“Imagine the impact that these practices have had on our weakened manufacturing base, our agriculture industry and every small business unable to compete internationally,” he wrote.

Trump: Currency manipulation ‘the worst of China’s sins’

The Hill – Nov 10, 2015

Donald Trump on Health care


“I would end Obamacare and replace it with something terrific, for far less money for the country and for the people,” said Trump.

Donald Trump campaign could have big impact on other candidates

KCCI – Apr 8, 2015
“We are going to repeal Obamacare. We are going to repeal Obamacare. We are going to replace Obamacare with something so much better,” said Donald Trump.

Six‑Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

NJTV – Mar 23, 2016
“Since March of 2010, the American people have had to suffer under the incredible economic burden of the Affordable Care Act–Obamacare,” Trump said in a statement.

Donald Trump Releases Health Care Plan To Replace Obamacare

Talking Points Memo – Mar 3, 2016
“We’re going to repeal and replace the horror known as Obamacare, it is a horror,” said Trump.

Trump Expects to Win Arkansas

KOLR – Feb 28, 2016
“I want to get rid of Obamacare and get you something great,” Trump vaguely offered.

New Hampshire and Obamacare: What Donald Trump’s victory says about GOP healthcare priorities

Salon – Feb 10, 2016
Today Trump said there are people who desperately need care and “you can’t let em die in the streets.”

Trump: Some GOPers Would See a Person Dying Outside a Hospital and Say ‘Let ‘Em Die’

Mediaite – Feb 1, 2016
But in the 2011 volume, Trump complained that Obamacare was a scheme by liberals “to drag America closer to a so-called ‘single-payer system,’ otherwise known as total government-run health care.”

Will the real Donald Trump please stand up

Politico – Jul 26, 2015
Bot of course, Trump thinks Obamacare is “a big, fat, horrible lie” and “a total catastrophe,” which he’s promised “is going to be a disaster.”

Let’s all remember that time when Donald Trump sounded like Bernie Sanders on healthcare

Salon – Jun 17, 2015

Donald Trump on Taxes


However, Trump conceded, “I try and pay as little tax as possible, because I hate what they do with my tax money. I hate the way they spend our money.”

Trump: ‘I Would Love To See A Michael Bloomberg Run’

NBC News – Jan 24, 2016
In terms of taxes, Trump has said, “I know people making a tremendous amount of money and paying virtually no taxes, and I think it’s unfair.”

Club for Growth: Trump’s economic policies put him in liberal mainstream

The Washington Post – Sep 22, 2015
“They don’t like seeing bad trade deals, they don’t like seeing higher taxes, they don’t like seeing a loss of their jobs…” Trump explained.

CNN questions Trump about campaign rally violence during GOP debate

WJLA-TV – Mar 11, 2016
“By my calculations 1 percent of Americans who control 90 percent of the wealth in this country would be affected by my plan — the other 99 percent of the people would get deep reductions in their federal income taxes,” Trump said in a statement introducing his plan in November 1999.

Donald Trump’s Big Socialist Idea

The Huffington Post – Feb 26, 2016
“We will bring a lot of additional companies in because our tax rates are going way down,” Trump said.

Trump stops short of predicting victory in SC primary

The Anderson Independent-Mail – Feb 16, 2016
Republican candidate Donald Trump said in a statement that “we need leadership in Washington to get the tax code changed so companies will be coming to America, not looking for ways to leave.”

‘Pfizergan’ deal talks draw tax inversion opposition from Clinton, Trump

FiercePharma – Oct 30, 2015
“When you have a hedge fund guy who’s making $200 million a year and … he’s paying a very low rate of taxes, it’s not fair and I think it says a lot,” he said.

Donald Trump: I’ve been ‘a little childish’

KATV – Sep 29, 2015
“Simplifying the tax code and cutting every American’s taxes will boost consumer spending, encourage savings and investment, and maximize economic growth,” added Trump.

Donald Trump unveils proposed plan to overhaul US tax code

New York Daily News – Sep 28, 2015
During a news conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan, Trump declared that his proposal will “provide major tax relief for middle-income and for most other Americans.”

Trump unveils plan to cut taxes for all Americans, poor and wealthy – Sep 28, 2015
As Trump noted (at about the 3:25 mark) in the same interview, support for a graduated income tax — as we currently have — “doesn’t mean a raise in taxes. That means rich people might be paying less than they are paying right now.”

Club for Growth vs. Trump – Sep 25, 2015
“If you make $200 million a year you pay 10 percent, you’re paying very little relatively to somebody that’s making $50,000 a year and has to hire H&R Block because it’s so complicated,” Trump said of a flat tax.

Trump: close hedge fund tax loophole

Connecticut Post – Sep 17, 2015
On taxes he said he would “start off by simplifying our current system. Put H & R Block out of business … make it nice and easy for people to understand and reduce taxes.”

Trump and Fox News are ‘friends’ again

USA Today – Aug 11, 2015
The other Trump said on Fox News earlier this year that he favors “a fair tax, a flat tax or certainly a simplified code.”

Which Donald Trump Will Debate?

The Wall Street Journal – Aug 5, 2015
He said he would raise taxes on unfair imports, then, “The lobbyists are going to come and see me, but I don’t give a s– about lobbyists.”

Conservatives at Freedom Summit decide who to back

The Greenville News – May 10, 2015
“No business of any size, from a fortune 500 company to a mom-and-pop shop to a freelancer living from gig to gig, will pay more than 15 percent of their business income in taxes,” Trump said.

Donald Trump Promises Zero Income Tax for Americans Making Less Than $25K ($50K for Families)

People – Sep 28, 2015
“A lot of families go through hell over the death tax,” Trump said.

Trump: My tax plan is ‘going to cost me a fortune’

Politico – Sep 28, 2015
Regarding his own tax rate, Mr. Trump said, “I would be happy to pay a lot more if it would help solve our country’s many problems.”

The One‑Man Roadshow of Donald Trump

The Wall Street Journal – Sep 13, 2015
“I want the hedge fund guys to pay more in taxes,” he said, as he worked the crowd on his way out of the event.

Trump says he’ll decide ‘very soon’ on whether to rule out independent bid

The Washington Post – Aug 29, 2015

Donald Trump on Foreign policy


“We will totally dismantle Iran’s global terror network,” Trump said.

Trump, Clinton battle for Israel vote, vow support in major Washington speeches

Fox News Channel – Mar 22, 2016
“We will send a clear signal that there is no daylight between America and our most reliable ally — the state of Israel,” Trump said.

Trump At AIPAC: ‘I Didn’t Come Here Tonight To Pander To You About Israel’

WCBS-TV – Mar 21, 2016
“I said, ‘Don’t hit Iraq’ because you’re going to totally destabilize the Middle East,” Trump said during his June 16, 2015 speech announcing his candidacy for president.

Abortion and 10 other Donald Trump flip‑flops

CNN – Apr 1, 2016
Trump said as president, “there’s nothing I would rather do than bring peace to Israel and its neighbors, generally. I think it serves no purpose to say you have a good guy and a bad guy.”

Trump, Cruz, Rubio argue over who supports Israel the most

The Week – Feb 26, 2016
Says Trump in a campaign ad: “I will…quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS, will rebuild our military and make it so strong no one — and I mean, no one — will mess with us.”

War College expert: Obama strategy to degrade and defeat ISIS is the right course

The Patriot-News – Nov 21, 2015
He said he wants U.S. troops on the ground in Syria, but more importantly, “I want other countries to get on the ground fighting ISIS.”

Trump sends sparks flying in Worcester

The Sun – Nov 19, 2015
Frontrunner Donald Trump offered his own strategy for dealing with Islamic State extremists and President Assad: “Let them fight each other and pick up the remnants.”

Foreign Policy Dominates Republican Debate

Voice of America – Sep 17, 2015
“Israel is safe with this one,” Trump declared, poking his chest.

Trump thinks President Obama hates Israel

The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles – Oct 29, 2015
He termed Riyadh the “world’s biggest funder of terrorism,” complaining that “Saudi Arabia funnels our petro dollars, our very own money, to fund the terrorists that seek to destroy our people while the Saudis rely on us to protect them.”

Is Donald Trump the Best the Republicans can do on Foreign Policy? – Sep 8, 2015
Decades ago he called on the United States to “stop paying to defend countries that can afford to defend themselves.”

When It Comes to Foreign Policy, Trump Is Best of a Bad Bunch

Newsweek – Aug 30, 2015
“He made statements over the last couple of days that are incredible, trying to justify the war in Iraq. It can’t be justified,” Trump said, pointing most notably to a “skin in the game” reference Bush made in a foreign policy statement.

Clinton, Trump make Iowa State Fair campaign stops

Quad-City Times – Aug 15, 2015
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