Sep 18, 2023

Meet The Press Full Donald Trump Interview Transcript

Meet The Press Full Donald Trump Interview Transcript
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Kristen Walker (00:00):

President Trump, welcome back to Meet the Press.

Donald Trump (00:03):

Thank you.

Kristen Walker (00:04):

I want to dive right into this. A lot to get to.

Donald Trump (00:06):


Kristen Walker (00:08):

There are a number of things that make your campaign unprecedented. You are the first former president to run for reelection in more than a hundred years, you are facing four indictments, you have an incredibly significant lead in the GOP primary polls. But I want to ask you this, Mr. President, why do you want to be president again?

Donald Trump (00:29):

Well, it’s a very simple answer and I can give it very easily. It’s called Make America Great Again. Our country is in serious trouble. I don’t think we’ve ever been so low in terms of certainly opinion, world opinion and country opinion. People are devastated. They look at what’s happening with millions of people coming in, millions of illegal immigrants coming into our country, flooding our cities, flooding the countryside. I think the number’s going to be 15 million people by the time you end this. By the end of this year, I think the real number is going to be 15 million people. They come from prisons, they come from mental institutions, insane asylums. They say, “Sir, please don’t use that term,” but it’s true.

They’re terrorists. It was very interesting, on NBC, I saw a poll and I saw some statistics and it said in 2019 there were no terrorists. They caught no terrorists. There was nothing that they saw. There was no anything. And now this year, it’s a record number like they’ve never seen before. So we did a great job at the border. We did a great job with the military. We did a great job with inflation. We had essentially no inflation. We had a great economy and we didn’t have an Afghanistan disaster. We were getting out, but we were going to get out with dignity and pride, not the way they got out. That was a surrender and an embarrassment and horrible. We gave $85 billion worth of equipment to the Taliban.

We had death, so much death and so much horrible destruction. And it was a terrible thing. I think it was the lowest point in the history of our country. Now, with all of that, we can change it and we can make America great again. And that’s why I’m doing this.

Kristen Walker (02:13):

Well, and you have talked about a lot, we are going to delve into a number of the issues you brought up. You talked about all the people coming across the border. Of course a lot of families also coming across the border as well. I want to talk to you about that a little bit later on. But first, let’s talk about the breaking news today. We learned just a short time ago that the President’s son, Hunter Biden, was indicted by a federal grand jury on three gun charges. Given that, Mr. President, can you continue to say that there are two systems of justice?

Donald Trump (02:43):

Well, I think there’s no question about it. He had a plea deal that was the deal of the century. The art of the deal. You could write a book on it, The Art of the Deal. And all of a sudden that was broken up by a judge, a brilliant judge actually, who was able to see through what was happening. And it’s a sad situation. Nobody should be happy about this. I’m not happy about it. Nobody is. It’s a very sad thing. It’s so bad for our country. But if you think about it, I’ve been under investigation from the day I came down the escalator and a phony investigation, fake investigations. Investigations that I beat every single time. Still under investigations. But it’s a very sad thing. And it’s a slippery slope and dangerous, very dangerous for our country.

Kristen Walker (03:28):

But you talked about the plea deal. But now Hunter Biden’s been indicted, he’s facing very serious charges. So doesn’t that undercut your entire argument that there are two systems of justice in this country?

Donald Trump (03:38):

Well, it’s one of 12 charges, there are 12 possible charges-

Kristen Walker (03:42):

And he’s still under investigation.

Donald Trump (03:42):

… and this is the only charge that doesn’t affect his father.

Kristen Walker (03:45):

Well, he’s still under investigation.

Donald Trump (03:47):

Well sure, maybe. Let’s, see what happens. But this is the only charge that Doesn’t affect Joe Biden. This was the gun charge. But gun charges are very serious. People have had gun charges and gone to jail for a lot of years. I pardoned some people who I thought it was just horrible what happened. But they were put in jail for many, many years, rappers and others. So look, it’s a bad thing, but it’s one of 12 and it’s the one charge that doesn’t affect Joe Biden.

Kristen Walker (04:19):

Well, of course there’s no evidence that the president has any link to his son’s business dealings. Let me ask you though about a second-

Donald Trump (04:27):

Well, I don’t necessarily… He called in. You mean he called in all these meetings. He was calling in on the meetings, he was put on speakerphone every single day.

Kristen Walker (04:35):

The witness who testified-

Donald Trump (04:36):

And literally many, many calls. And what about the fact that he got rid of the prosecutor for a billion dollars?

Kristen Walker (04:43):

Well the witness who testified-

Donald Trump (04:45):

They said, “You don’t get rid of this prosecutor, we’re not giving you a billion dollars to Ukraine.” He said that, there are a lot of things here.

Kristen Walker (04:50):

… Mr. President, the witness who testified though, said that he never heard any discussion of business when President Biden was put on the phone. But let’s talk about-

Donald Trump (04:57):

Well, wait, wait. You saw the prosecutor thing on television, because I saw it on your network. He said, “You don’t get rid of this prosecutor, I’m not giving $1 billion.”

Kristen Walker (05:07):

… That was looked into as well. And as you know, there was never any wrongdoing.

Donald Trump (05:11):

Oh, come on.

Kristen Walker (05:11):

But let’s move move on.

Donald Trump (05:12):

If I ever said that, quid pro quo.

Kristen Walker (05:13):

Let’s move on to what a second Trump term would look like. When you launched your campaign in March, you told the crowd, quote, “I am your retribution. What does that mean? What does that look like?

Donald Trump (05:26):

I think retribution is talking in terms of I have to protect people. What they’re doing to people is so horrible. They’re putting people in jail for long periods of time. Firemen, policemen, accountants, even lawyers, they’re in prisons for years now and don’t even have trials in some cases. And if you look at Antifa and other groups, practically nothing happened to them. They burned down Portland, they burned down Minneapolis. They took over Seattle. They literally took over a big chunk of the city. People died and nothing happened to them. We have to protect all people.

Kristen Walker (06:05):

But when you talk about retribution, are you talking about directing your attorney general to try to go after your political enemies?

Donald Trump (06:13):

When I talk about retribution, I’m talking about fairness, we have to treat people fairly. These people on January 6th, some of them never even went into the building and they’re being given sentences of many years. And nothing is happening-

Kristen Walker (06:28):

Are you going to pardon those people who’ve been convicted?

Donald Trump (06:29):

… Well, I’m going to look at them and I certainly might if I think It’s appropriate. No, it’s a very, very sad thing. And they’re dividing the country so badly and it’s very dangerous.

Kristen Walker (06:39):

Well, Mr. President, we’re going to delve into that a little bit later on. But I want to stay on this idea of what you mean by retribution. Are you looking to appoint an attorney general who will prosecute the people you tell them to prosecute?

Donald Trump (06:52):

I’m looking to appoint an attorney general Who’s going to be tough on crime and fair, very simple.

Kristen Walker (06:58):

And go after your political enemies?

Donald Trump (06:59):

No, no, I would never do that. But Biden has done that. Look, these aren’t indictments against me, these are Biden indictments, this isn’t God coming down and very fairly said, “Oh, you spoke badly about an election.” The election was rigged. There’s no question about that. There’s so much proof on it. Even if you go to the more modern day proof with the, they call it Twitter files, FBI and Twitter, or you take a look at the Amazon stuff or the Google stuff or you take a look at 2000 Mules, you take a look at all of the ballot stuffing that’s on tape. You take a look at the fact that the legislatures didn’t approve a lot of the things that were done in the elections and they had to approve. And we could go on forever. We could go on forever. But no, I want somebody that’s going to be strong, respected, tough and fair.

Kristen Walker (07:47):

Just to go back to a couple of the points you said. The ballot stuffing, that’s something that’s been debunked,

Donald Trump (07:52):

It hasn’t been debunked.

Kristen Walker (07:53):

As you know-

Donald Trump (07:53):

It’s on camera.

Kristen Walker (07:54):

… But I do want to keep moving forward and of course-

Donald Trump (07:57):

Yeah, but, Kristen, it’s on camera. Hundreds and even thousands and thousands of people, you take a look. True the vote, take a look. It’s on camera. They have thousands of pictures.

Kristen Walker (08:06):

… But, Mr. President, you know Republican officials and your top law enforcement officials-

Donald Trump (08:08):

I know, but Kristen, you can’t say it.

Kristen Walker (08:10):

… have told you that that’s-

Donald Trump (08:10):

They have thousands of pictures of people-

Kristen Walker (08:12):

… debunked.

Donald Trump (08:13):

I know you have to say that for your network, but you shouldn’t say it because that’s the problem.

Kristen Walker (08:18):

But Mr. President, that’s the truth and you’ve been told that.

Donald Trump (08:18):

The news has lost such power.

Kristen Walker (08:21):

Let’s stay on track though, Mr. President. Let’s say on track with this question.

Donald Trump (08:22):

But, no. but you’re saying it hasn’t. We have thousands of essentially motion pictures of people stuffing the ballot boxes.

Kristen Walker (08:31):

But, Mr. President-

Donald Trump (08:32):

Tens of thousands

Kristen Walker (08:32):

… they’re not stuffing the ballot boxes and You’ve been told that by your top law enforcement officials. But let’s stay on track because we have so much ground to cover. We have policy ground to cover, Mr. President.

Donald Trump (08:39):

You have people that went and voted in one place, another place, another place. As many as I understand, 28 different places in one day with seven, eight, nine ballots a piece. They can’t do anymore because it would look too phony. These were professional people. They were stuffing the ballot boxes. It’s there. It’s there to see.

Kristen Walker (08:58):

Mr. President, you took your case to court-

Donald Trump (09:00):

A lot of people are like looking at it.

Kristen Walker (09:01):

… 60 different cases all across the country. You lost that. But Let’s stay on track because we have so many-

Donald Trump (09:04):

We lost because the judges didn’t want to hear them.

Kristen Walker (09:07):

Mr. President, we have so many topics to cover.

Donald Trump (09:09):

But if this were ever before a court, we would win so easy. There is so much evidence that the election was rigged and you may not even put this section on your show and you’ll have to decide what you want to do. But people know it was rigged. Look, the media-

Kristen Walker (09:22):

Mr. President, there’s no evidence of that.

Donald Trump (09:23):

… when I first got involved in politics-

Kristen Walker (09:28):

As you know, there’s no evidence of that. We have so many different topics to get to.

Donald Trump (09:28):

… Tremendous evidence.

Kristen Walker (09:28):

I want to talk about what a potential-

Donald Trump (09:30):

Kristen, let me ask you this, you agree there was Twitter files, right?

Kristen Walker (09:32):

… Mr. President.

Donald Trump (09:33):

You agree there were 51 intelligence agents that lied. You agree with that?

Kristen Walker (09:37):

I’m not the one Who’s being interviewed. Let’s stay on track because I want to talk about the policy-

Donald Trump (09:39):

I know but that’s rigging the election.

Kristen Walker (09:41):

… because that’s what voters want to hear about, Mr. President. Let’s talk about what’s happening on Capitol Hill right now. Speaker McCarthy announced that he was launching an impeachment inquiry this week into President Biden. Do you see this as a part of the retribution that you seek?

Donald Trump (09:58):

No. Not at all. I think, look, you look at the terrible things that have been happening with respect to Biden. Look at everything. Jamie Comer, Jim Jordan who are fantastic people and very legitimate people. I watched Jamie Comer just a little while ago talking about a lot of different facets of what’s going on. And he was the one that said, I guess, there are 12 things where it looks like it’s stone-cold guilty. And the gun charge is only one of the 12. He said, “This is the only one that doesn’t implicate Joe Biden.”

Kristen Walker (10:32):

But my question for you, did you talk to Speaker McCarthy about this House impeachment inquiry?

Donald Trump (10:37):

No, no. I don’t talk to him.

Kristen Walker (10:37):

Did you tell him that he should open a House impeachment inquiry?

Donald Trump (10:40):

No, no. I don’t do that. I don’t think he’d do that. He wouldn’t do it based on me. No.

Kristen Walker (10:44):

Did you talk to your Republican allies on Capitol Hill and say, “You should support this impeachment inquiry?”

Donald Trump (10:48):

No. I don’t have to talk. They’re more proactive than I am. They think It’s terrible. I will say this, they think I was treated very unfairly. When I was impeached for a perfect phone call and now it turned out to be perfect, I hope you will admit that at least because I was right, a hundred percent right. But I was impeached for a perfect phone call and how sad that is. And we had 196 to nothing vote for Republicans. Very unusual for the Republican Party. I was so proud of him. 196, the entire house, not one person dissented. And then other than Romney, who sort of gave me half a vote, but we had a hundred percent in the Senate, people think I was treated very unfairly. And I know, I know I was treated very unfair.

Kristen Walker (11:33):

The people who voted for that impeachment say that the phone call that you referenced was about a quid pro quo.

Donald Trump (11:39):

It was perfect. My phone call was perfect. My phone call was saying, “Please investigate any crimes that you see.” And by the way, I’m mandated to do that as the President of the United States. And it was really a call to congratulate him on winning the election.

Kristen Walker (11:53):

Mr. President let’s-

Donald Trump (11:55):

No. When you talk about quid pro quo, please don’t talk about quid pro quo because there was none in the call at all. Where there’s quid pro-

Kristen Walker (12:01):

… What I’m saying is that was the heart of that impeachment.

Donald Trump (12:02):

Where there was a quid pro quo was when Biden said very strongly, “We’re not going to give him the billion dollars unless they get rid of the prosecutor.” That’s a quid pro quo.

Kristen Walker (12:14):

Mr. President, let me take a step back here because a lot of voters say what they want to talk about right now is your vision for the future. And I’ve been traveling to a lot of the early voting states and they say that your focus on the past is the problem for them. What do you say to those voters?

Donald Trump (12:30):

I have no focus on the past except that you have to learn from history. You have to learn from the past. We had an election that was very, very terrible. It was a terrible thing for our country. And you have to learn from that. You can’t forget that and just go… Now with all of the things that we said, I had the best economy maybe in history.

Kristen Walker (12:48):

We’re going to talk about it next. So let’s stay the track with it.

Donald Trump (12:50):

Right. I had the best economy in history and I’m going to do it again. I had the best energy. We were energy independent, soon to be energy dominant. Now, we’re begging for energy. What they’ve done to this country, they’re destroying our country.

Kristen Walker (13:01):

We’re going to talk about the economy in just a minute. But before we move on from Capitol Hill, do you think Republican hardliners should abandon their threat to shut down the government over their spending priorities now that there is this impeachment inquiry?

Donald Trump (13:13):

No, I think if they don’t get a fair deal… We have to save our country. We have 35 trillion in debt. We have to save our country. You know there’s-

Kristen Walker (13:20):

So you would shut down the government? You’d support that?

Donald Trump (13:21):

… I’d shut down the government if they can’t make an appropriate deal. Absolutely.

Kristen Walker (13:25):

Okay. Let’s talk about the economy and I want to start by talking about this big standoff between the auto workers and the big three auto manufacturers. My question for you, Mr. President, whose side are you on in this?

Donald Trump (13:38):

I’m on the side of making our country great. The auto workers are not going to have any jobs when you come right down to it. Because if you take a look at what they’re doing with electric cars, electric cars are going to be made in China. The auto workers are not going to have any… I’ll tell you what, the auto workers are being sold down the river by their leadership and their leadership should endorse Trump. The reason is you got to have choice. Like in school, I want school choice. I also want choice for cars. If somebody wants gasoline, if somebody wants all electric, they can do whatever they want. But they’re destroying the consumer and they’re destroying the auto workers, the auto workers will not have any jobs, Kristen, because all of these cars are going to be made in China. The electric cars automatically are going to be made in China.

Kristen Walker (14:24):

So Let’s talk about UAW’s leadership. The president Sean Fain has withheld his endorsement of President Biden, but this is what he had to say about you. Quote, “Another Donald Trump presidency would be a disaster.? How would you win that endorsement?

Donald Trump (14:38):

Well, if that’s the case, I probably won’t win his and I don’t know the gentleman, but I know his name very well and I think he’s not doing a good job in representing his union because he’s not going to have a union in three years from now. Those jobs are all going to be gone because all of those electric cars are going to be made in China. That’s what’s happening, number one. Number two, the electric cars are much more expensive and they don’t go far enough. So if somebody wants to take a little bit of a long… just like the trucks, if somebody wants to take a little bit of a long ride, “Let’s, go to Maine or let’s go to Kentucky from New York,” you can’t do it. You have to stop all the time. They don’t go far enough. They’re very expensive. They have a lot of drawbacks.

Now, with that being said, some people are going to want them. Some people are going to travel short distances. What they’re doing with our trucking industry is a disaster because they want all electric trucks and a truck with a large tank, large gasoline or diesel capacity, can go up to 2000 miles. An electric truck, goes 300 miles. So what are these guys going to do? They’re going to stop every 300 miles and recharge their truck and spend three hours?

Kristen Walker (15:51):

Let’s move on and talk about another big picture issue when it comes to the economy. The issue of interest rates, inflation, something that you’ve talked a lot about. The Federal Reserve is obviously independent, but I wonder, Mr. President, if you are reelected, would you direct your Federal Reserve chair to lower interest rates?

Donald Trump (16:13):

Well you know that I put a lot of pressure on him. It was outside pressure because nobody knows whether or not you can really do that. But I did because I thought his interest rates were too high and he ultimately dropped his interest rates. The same gentleman, as you know. But it was a lot of pressure. I was very active on that. Right now, interest rates are very high. They’re too high. People can’t buy homes. They can’t do anything. They can’t borrow money. The banks don’t have the money. The banks aren’t lending the monies. By the way, Chase Manhattan Bank, Bank of America, they discriminate against conservatives, it’s a disgrace and they shouldn’t be allowed to and I’m going to do something about that. But you take a look at banks throughout the country and I think because of the regulators… But you take a look at Bank of America and Chase, they discriminate against conservatives and Republicans.

Kristen Walker (17:02):

What’s the evidence for that, Mr. President?

Donald Trump (17:02):

We’ll give you plenty of evidence.

Kristen Walker (17:05):

Okay. All right, well Let’s stay on track with this question though. So just to be very clear, if you were reelected, would you direct your Fed chair to lower interest rates?

Donald Trump (17:12):

It depends. It depends.

Kristen Walker (17:13):

You might?

Donald Trump (17:13):

Depends where inflation is. But I would get inflation down because drill, we must. We will be drilling for oil. We are going to become again, energy independent. We are going to reduce our debt because we’re also going to become energy dominant. We were ready to go dominant within a matter of months. We would’ve been making so much money. We have more oil, I call it liquid gold, under our feet than any other country. Saudi Arabia, Russia, there’s no country with more and it’s sweet. It’s the finest. We have the best. We’re taking it from Venezuela. You know what it is? Tar. It’s the worst.

Kristen Walker (17:48):

Mr. President, are you going to appoint a new fed chair if You’re reelected?

Donald Trump (17:51):

Well I guess he would have two years left or something like that, so we’ll see.

Kristen Walker (17:55):

Okay, all right.

Donald Trump (17:56):

You know the word “jaw boning”? I did a lot of jaw boning against him and he ultimately lowered interest rates. We had low interest rates, we had the best housing market ever. We had people buying homes. Today, people can’t buy homes.

Kristen Walker (18:09):

Economists are looking at some of the figures right now. The fact that the unemployment rate is at 3.8% and they say it looks like the US may not dip into a recession. What do you make of that assessment?

Donald Trump (18:20):

Oh, I don’t know. People are going to… They say that and then you end up in a depression. They say You’re going to do great. You end up bad. And the opposite. Most of them don’t know what they’re doing. It’s a touch, it’s a feel. And I predicted a lot of markets. I predicted a lot of things, frankly. They say Trump was right about everything. I think that the way it’s going now, things are not going right now very well for the consumer. Bacon is up five times, food is up horribly. Worse than energy. Energy is starting to go up at a level that we haven’t seen in a long time, meaning a couple of years since he took over because I had energy prices very low. I had gasoline very low.

We have to get the energy down, which they will never do. And they kept it artificial because they took the strategic reserves, which I had a lot to do with filling up for the first time ever. They took the strategic reserves and he issued it to everybody so that he could keep the gas prices down. Now, strategic reserves are at the lowest level they’ve ever been at and we need that for war.

Kristen Walker (19:23):

And there are a lot of factors that have contributed to the-

Donald Trump (19:25):

Well, no, the big factor is the fact that he took that oil.

Kristen Walker (19:28):

… Let’s talk about taxes.

Donald Trump (19:29):

He took that and he wanted to have low gas prices for an election and now we have nothing left.

Kristen Walker (19:35):

Mr. President, there are a lot of factors including global factors that went into that. Let’s talk about taxes though.

Donald Trump (19:39):

I don’t know why people stick up for him so much when he makes bad decisions, like you.

Kristen Walker (19:43):

Mr. President-

Donald Trump (19:43):

I don’t know why and I have a lot of respect for you and you were very fair in the debate, but I don’t know why you and other people say, “Oh, it’s okay that he destroyed the strategic petroleum reserves.” Why do you do that? Or, “It’s okay that he has open borders.” Somebody who’s in

Donald Trump (20:00):

The opposition, not quite as good, said this morning, oh, having open borders is a wonderful thing. I don’t know why… And I think that’s why the media has lost much-

Kristen Walker (20:11):

We’re not sticking up-

Donald Trump (20:11):

… credibility.

Kristen Walker (20:12):

… Mr. President. We’re just having a conversation. Let me talk to you about taxes and your differences with President Biden over taxes.

Donald Trump (20:18):


Kristen Walker (20:19):

He wants to raise corporate tax rates to 28%. It’s reported you want to lower them to 15%. Is that true?

Donald Trump (20:26):

I’d like to lower them a little bit if we could, but what I want to do is we have to get some income coming in. When I lower taxes, we took in more revenue.

Kristen Walker (20:33):

To 15% Mr. President.

Donald Trump (20:35):

It depends on where we are at the time. A lot happens in a year. But when I lower taxes, I cut taxes tremendously. Created tremendous jobs. So more importantly, we had more revenue with lower taxes than we did with higher taxes.

Kristen Walker (20:50):

You also added $8 trillion to the national debt. Your GOP challenger, Nikki Haley, made that point saying, “The truth is that Biden didn’t do this to us. Republicans did this to us.” Does she have a point?

Donald Trump (21:02):

So we had a thing happen to us. We had the greatest economy in history, and then we got hit with Covid, and we had to keep this beautiful thing going. And if I didn’t do that, if we didn’t put some money and nobody knew what Covid was. Remember, this was a new thing that came in. Somebody said it’s dust coming in from China. It came from China. They tried and denied it, or they tried for a little while, and we didn’t let it. It came from Wuhan, actually, which now they agree. Everybody’s now agreeing that it came from Wuhan. I said that years ago. But we had to do things that were very severe. We had to let some money come out. We were on the verge of doing something that was amazing. We were going to have energy at a level bigger than Russia and Saudi Arabia combined.

That energy was going to be sold to Europe and all other places. The prices would’ve come down. We were going to make a fortune, and we were going to start paying off debt. Instead, we got hit with Covid. People didn’t need oil because nobody was driving all over the world. I mean, frankly, it was a disaster. What China did to the world with Covid is something that we’re going to get to the bottom of, and they have to pay something back. Nobody can pay back the cost of all those lives and all the money that was lost. But nobody can pay back the lives and all of the damage it caused.

Kristen Walker (22:24):

But to Nikki Haley-

Donald Trump (22:24):

Including China, but you know what? They have to pay something back.

Kristen Walker (22:31):

To Nikki Haley’s key argument, though. What do say to her?

Donald Trump (22:31):

What does Nikki Haley know? I mean, I know Nikki Haley very well. She said, I’m the greatest president. She left. She said, I’m the greatest president. Now, she’s running for office, and she says something. Look, Nikki Haley doesn’t know anything about it. She’s a politician. She knows nothing about it. Very nice woman, some people like that, I would say. But she left office, she said very strongly, I will never run. He was a great president, and then in some cases said the greatest president in my lifetime. In one case said, the greatest president ever. Now, she’s running. Nikki Haley has nothing to do with this. We were going to make a fortune off our energy. We were going to send the energy to Europe. Europe was going to pay us tremendous amounts of money. And I’ll tell you, you would’ve never had the Ukraine monster at all. It would’ve never happened. Russia, just by sheer force of personality. But beyond personality, what happened is, when oil hit $100 a barrel, and by the way, it’s right there right now, again.

Putin makes a fortune on this war. Everybody said, oh, he can’t afford it. If Biden allowed my policies to stay in place, oil would right now be at $40 a barrel and Putin wouldn’t be able to afford the war.

Kristen Walker (23:46):

We are going to get to the war in Ukraine. But first, I do want to talk about the issue of abortion, which is important to a lot of voters all across the country. Just this week, women in Idaho and Tennessee, I don’t know if you saw this, filed suit against their state saying their lives were put at risk after they were denied abortion services, because their state’s restrictive laws put in place after Roe was overturned. So my question for you, Mr. President, is how is it acceptable in America that women’s lives are at risk? Doctors are being forced to turn away patients in need or risk breaking the law.

Donald Trump (24:20):

Ready? A little bit of a long answer. I hope you have time.

Kristen Walker (24:24):

I hope you have time I’m here for as long as you have.

Donald Trump (24:26):

So you have Roe v. Wade for 52 years, people including Democrats wanted it to go back to states, so that states could make the right. Roe v. Wade, I did something that nobody thought was possible. And Roe v Wade was terminated, was put back to the states. Now, pro-lifers have the right to negotiate, for the first time, they had no rights at all, because the radical people on this are really the Democrats that say after five months, six months, seven months, eight months, nine months, and even after birth, you’re allowed to terminate-

Kristen Walker (24:57):

Mr. President-

Donald Trump (24:58):

… the baby.

Kristen Walker (25:00):

Democrats are not saying that. That’s not true.

Donald Trump (25:03):

Of course, they do. You have a Virginia governor, previous governor who said, after the baby is born, you will make a determination and if you want you will kill that baby. The baby is now born.

Kristen Walker (25:14):

Mr. President, the Democrats at large are not talking about that. Only 1% of late-term abortions happen, and always in the state of a crisis.

Donald Trump (25:21):

They are the radical people, because nobody wants to see abortion after five months and six months and seven months. Pro-life, look, just so you understand, it’s pretty much 50/50 It’s a 50/50, which is amazing. If you look at the charts, it’s been 49/51. It’s been like that for many years. It goes both ways. 51 both ways. Ready? I was able to do something which gave at least pro-life people a voice. Now, it’s going to work out. Now, the number of months will be determined.

Kristen Walker (25:59):

Can you answer this question?

Donald Trump (26:00):

And you’re going to have something where everybody comes together.

Kristen Walker (26:03):

Does it bother you though that women say their lives are being put at risk? Do you feel you bear any responsibility, because as you say, you are responsible for having Roe v. Wade?

Donald Trump (26:10):

What’s going to happen? This is an issue that’s been going on for a long time, and it’s a very polarizing issue. Because of What’s been done, and because of the fact we brought it back to the states, we’re going to have people come together on this issue. They’re going to determine the time because nobody wants to see five, six, seven, eight, nine months. Nobody wants to see abortions when you have a baby in the womb. With Hillary Clinton, when we had the debate, I made a statement, rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month. You’re allowed to do that, and you shouldn’t be allowed to do that.

Kristen Walker (26:44):

Again, no one is arguing for that. That’s not a part of anyone’s platform, Mr. President.

Donald Trump (26:48):

The Democrats are able to kill the baby after birth.

Kristen Walker (26:52):

Let me talk to you-

Donald Trump (26:52):

Nobody wants that.

Kristen Walker (26:53):

Democrats don’t want that either.

Donald Trump (26:55):

So we’re come together.

Kristen Walker (26:56):

I want to know what you want. I want to know what you’re going to do-

Donald Trump (26:58):

We are going to come together-

Kristen Walker (26:59):

… would you sign federal legislation that would ban abortion at 15 weeks?

Donald Trump (27:04):

Nope. No. Let me just tell you what I do. I’m going to come together with all groups, and we’re going to have something that’s acceptable. Right now to my way of thinking, the Democrats are the radicals because after four and five and six months, but you have to say this after birth you have New York State and other places that pass legislation, where you’re allowed to kill the baby after birth.

Kristen Walker (27:29):

Mr. President, I want to give voters who are going to be weighing in on this election a very clear sense of where you stand on this.

Donald Trump (27:35):

I think they’re all going to like me. I think both sides are going to like me.

Kristen Walker (27:39):

Mr. President-

Donald Trump (27:40):

What’s going to have to happen. Is you’re going to have to-

Kristen Walker (27:42):

Let me ask this question, please?

Donald Trump (27:42):

Kristen, you’re asking me a question. What’s going to happen is, you’re going to come up with a number of weeks or months? You’re going to come up with a number that’s going to make people happy, because 92% of the Democrats don’t want to see abortion after a certain period of time.

Kristen Walker (27:59):

If a federal ban landed on your desk, if you were reelected, would you sign it at 15 weeks?

Donald Trump (28:06):

Are you talking about a complete ban?

Kristen Walker (28:08):

A ban at 15 weeks?

Donald Trump (28:09):

Well, people are starting to think of 15 weeks. That seems to be a number that people are talking about right now.

Kristen Walker (28:16):

Would you sign that?

Donald Trump (28:18):

I would sit down with both sides, and I’d negotiate something, and we’ll end up with peace in that issue for the first time in 52 years. I’m not going to say I would, or I wouldn’t. I mean, the Sanctus is willing to sign a five week and six week ban.

Kristen Walker (28:32):

Would you support that? You think that goes too far?

Donald Trump (28:34):

I think what he did is a terrible thing and a terrible mistake. But we’ll come up with a number. But at the same time, Democrats won’t be able to go out in six months, seven months, eight months, and allow an abortion. And Kristen, you have to look at this because you said no. You have some states that are allowed to kill the child after birth, and you can’t allow that.

Kristen Walker (28:52):

But Mr. President, again, no one is calling for a child to be killed after birth. No one’s calling for that to be allowed.

Donald Trump (28:59):

But you have legislation.

Kristen Walker (29:00):

But let me just ask you this.

Donald Trump (29:01):

Kristen, you have legislation in certain states, where it’s allowed.

Kristen Walker (29:04):

Mr. President-

Donald Trump (29:05):

The governor of Virginia, previous governor, who was a wack… I call him the Michael Jackson governor.

Kristen Walker (29:11):

No one’s talking about that as far as their platform. I want to know what you would do.

Donald Trump (29:14):

Excuse me. That governor said you can kill the baby after birth.

Kristen Walker (29:16):

But Mr. President, this is about what you would do if you were reelected. As you know, you upset some-

Donald Trump (29:21):

We’ll agree to a number of weeks, where both sides will be happy. We have to bring the country together on this issue.

Kristen Walker (29:28):

Mr. President, when you talk about negotiating, I think a lot of people think to themselves this is an issue that they care about deeply-

Donald Trump (29:34):

I care about it, too.

Kristen Walker (29:35):

… in their hearts.

Donald Trump (29:35):

Oh, I care about it, too.

Kristen Walker (29:36):

They know where they stand, and they want to know where you stand. As you know, some anti-abortion groups are really looking for some clarity from you. So let me just ask you to put a fine point on this. Should the federal government impose any abortion restrictions, or should it be completely left up to the states?

Donald Trump (29:52):

No, I don’t think you should be allowed to have abortions well into a pregnancy.

Kristen Walker (29:59):

But what about the question I just asked you?

Donald Trump (30:00):

No. We’re going to agree to a number of weeks or months or however you want to define it. And both sides are going to come together. And both sides, and this is a big statement. Both sides will come together and for the first time in 52 years, you’ll have an issue that we can put behind us.

Kristen Walker (30:18):

At the federal level?

Donald Trump (30:19):

It could be state or it could be federal. I don’t frankly care.

Kristen Walker (30:22):

So you’re not committed to a ban at the federal level.

Donald Trump (30:24):

I would say this, everybody and including the great legal scholars love the idea of Roe v. Wade terminated, so it’d be brought back to the states.

Kristen Walker (30:34):

It sounds like that’s what you think, too, that it should remain a state issue.

Donald Trump (30:36):

I would say this, from a pure standpoint, from a legal standpoint, I think, it’s probably better, but I can live with it either way. It’s much more important the number of weeks, but something will happen with the number of weeks, the amount of time after which you can’t do it. And you know what? The most powerful people that are anti- abortion are okay with that now. And you know what? They weren’t okay with that even a year ago.

Kristen Walker (31:05):

Your former vice president, Mike Pence, believes that a fetus should have constitutional rights. Do you believe that, Mr. President?

Donald Trump (31:11):

Well, Mike Pence said something about 15 weeks, too, which was a big change for Mike Pence, because Mike Pence had no exceptions. I have exceptions, by the way. I think people should have exceptions. I think if it’s rape or incest or the life of the mother, I think, you have to have exceptions.

Kristen Walker (31:25):

Does the fetus have constitutional rights, Mr. President?

Donald Trump (31:29):

Now, I will tell you that I think most people, most Republicans are willing. You go, life of the mother, rape, incest. I think most of them are there. That’s a big statement.

Kristen Walker (31:45):

But should a fetus have constitutional rights, Mr. President?

Donald Trump (31:46):

Well, I don’t know what he’s saying, because before he wanted you can’t have abortion.

Kristen Walker (31:52):

But what are you saying?

Donald Trump (31:53):

Excuse me. Now, all of a sudden, he’s saying 15 weeks. I said, wow, where did that come from? That’s a radical change. Look, something is going to happen that’s going to be good for everybody. I’m, almost like, a mediator in this case. They wanted Roe v. Wade terminated, because it was inappropriate. We got it done. Something’s going to happen. It’s going to be a number of weeks. Something’s going to happen where both sides are going to be able to come together, and then we’ll be able to go onto other things like the economy or military.

Kristen Walker (32:26):

Are you saying a federal ban with exceptions, is that what you’re saying?

Donald Trump (32:29):

What I say is very, simple because you can’t put words in my mouth like that.

Kristen Walker (32:33):

I just want to understand.

Donald Trump (32:34):

Because you’ve been hearing me talk about this issue, and I think, I talk about it very productively. It could be a state ban, it could be a federal ban, but Democrats want that too. Democrats don’t want to see abortion in the seventh month. Okay? I speak to a lot of Democrats. They want a number. There is a number, and there’s a number that’s going to be agreed to. And Republicans should go out and say the following, because I think the Republicans speak very inarticulately about the subject. I watch some of them without the exceptions, et cetera, et cetera. I said, other than certain parts of the country, you’re not going to win on this issue. But you will win on this issue when you come up with the right number of weeks, because Democrats don’t want to be radical on the issue. Most of them, some do. They don’t want to be radical in the issue. They don’t want to kill a baby in the seventh month, or the ninth month, or after birth. And they’re allowed to do that, and you can’t do that.

Kristen Walker (33:35):

I have a very robust foreign policy section to get to. I do want to give you an opportunity to talk about some of your legal challenges. So if we could do that first, and then we’ll move on to foreign policy. You are facing four indictments-

Donald Trump (33:48):

Biden indictments, excuse me, Biden political indictments. He said to the Attorney General-

Kristen Walker (33:52):

He said he had nothing to do with it.

Donald Trump (33:54):

He said to the Attorney General indict him. They put in the New York DA case, which everybody admits isn’t even a case.

Kristen Walker (34:01):

There’s no proof of that Mr. President.

Donald Trump (34:03):

But they’re Biden indictments.

Kristen Walker (34:04):

No, there’s no proof of that.

Donald Trump (34:05):

You know what? He started something That’s a very slippery slope. He said, I’ve got a guy that’s beating me in the polls. I’m beating all the Republicans by a lot, and I’m beating him by a lot. I have somebody that’s beating me in the polls, indict him. And not only that, they took their top person in the Department of Justice and put them into the Manhattan DA’s office. They’re dealing with Fani Willis all the time.

Kristen Walker (34:31):

Mr. President, the Attorney General appointed a special counsel to investigate you, President Biden and President Biden’s son, Hunter, who was also indicted today. But I do want to move-

Donald Trump (34:40):

President Biden does not fall within the Presidential Records Act, and frankly, you don’t ever hear anything about the special Council. But they gave me this deranged person named Jack Smith. He’s a deranged lunatic. I fall within the Presidential Records Act, it’s very simple. It’s a civil thing. In fact, the New York Times of all institutions did a story, and it was headlined. Please, please, please, Mr. President, could we take a look at the documents? And they said in the story that the only way you can get documents from a president is if you go there and say, please, because this is civil. And they won’t even have a lawsuit. They may have a civil lawsuit at most, but they probably don’t even have a civil lawsuit. And this should never have been an indictment. There’s no criminal. Now, there is a criminal for Joe Biden, because he was a senator and he was a vice President.

Kristen Walker (35:32):

Well, the charges you’re facing don’t have anything to do with the Presidential Records Act. But let me ask my question, so we can get to foreign policy.

Donald Trump (35:38):

Wait a minute, this comes within the presidential records. That’s what it’s about, it’s about records.

Kristen Walker (35:41):

Let me just ask these questions, and then we can move on to some other topics. You are facing four indictments, 91 felony charges-

Donald Trump (35:49):

If you would say it properly. I’m facing four Biden indictments. He told the Justice Department to indict him or Merrick Garland said, let’s indict him.

Kristen Walker (35:57):

Let me ask you this, Mr. President-

Donald Trump (35:58):

They indicted their political opponent.

Kristen Walker (36:00):

I just want to hear from you on this. I want to know what’s in your head. When you go to bed at night, do you worry about going to jail?

Donald Trump (36:08):

No. I don’t, really. I don’t even think about it. I’m built a little differently, I guess, because I have had people come up to me and say, how do you do it, sir? How do you do it? I don’t even think about it. These are corrupt people that I’m dealing with. They’re destroying our country. I don’t even think about it. All I think about is making the country great, making America great. Look, these are Banana Republic indictments. These are third world indictments. The President of the United States sees how we’re doing. We have a movement, the likes of which has never happened in this country before. And you see it with the polls. I mean, I’m up on these people by 60 points and 59 points. I don’t mean I’m at 59, I’m leading them by 59. You almost say, why are they campaigning? Asa Hutchinson, he’s at zero, Christie’s at two, other ones are at one, DeSanctimonious is at nine. I just see a poll coming in. I mean, I’m leading him by 60 points.

Kristen Walker (37:07):

Mr. President-

Donald Trump (37:08):

Then you say why are they doing it? But here’s what they did, they saw this happening, and he went to the Attorney General of the United States, and he told them indict Trump.

Kristen Walker (37:16):

There’s just no evidence of that. Mr. President-

Donald Trump (37:18):

You mean-

Kristen Walker (37:18):

But Let’s stay on track.

Donald Trump (37:20):

Look at all the lies he’s told.

Kristen Walker (37:21):

Mr. President, I want to talk about you.

Donald Trump (37:22):

Kristen, wait a minute. Wait, wait. Could I say one thing? Look at all the lies he’s told over the last couple of weeks. He said he was at the World Trade Center and he wasn’t. He said he flew airplanes, right? He didn’t. He said he drove trucks and he didn’t. Everything he says is like a lie. It’s terrible.

Kristen Walker (37:38):

Mr. President I-

Donald Trump (37:38):

Even his handicapped in golf, he said, he’s a six. He’s not a six.

Kristen Walker (37:41):

I want to stay focused on you for the purposes of this interview, okay? Because it’s important that we hear from you about all of this. Tell me what-

Donald Trump (37:50):

Well, I’d like you to, but you keep interrupting me.

Kristen Walker (37:53):

Mr. President, tell me what you see when you look at your mugshot.

Donald Trump (37:59):

I see somebody in me, that loves this country. I see tremendous unfairness. I think very few people, would’ve been able to handle what I handled. When I was coming down the escalator with Melania, I was already under investigation, because they saw how well I was doing in the polls. And it just got worse and worse. And we caught them. We said they were spying on our campaign. It turned out to be true. They had the fake dossier that turned out to be true. It was paid for by the Democrat party. It was all fiction. All of these things happened. Impeachment hooks, number one, impeachment hooks. Number two, I’ve been treated very badly, and I’ve won every single time. When you say, do I sleep? I sleep, I sleep. Because I truly feel that in the end, we’re going to win. I think we’re going to win an election in the likes of which nobody’s ever seen before.

I don’t think anything’s going to stop it. Nothing’s going to stop it, because people see what’s happened to our country. We’re not respected in the world. Look at other countries. Look at what’s happened. Everybody’s going to the side of China. Russia, Saudi Arabia-

Kristen Walker (39:12):

We’re going to talk about that. Mr. President, I want to delve into foreign policy-

Donald Trump (39:16):

China is taking over the world.

Kristen Walker (39:16):

But let’s get through this, and then I want to talk to you about all of those issues you just talked about, Mr. President. By the way, do you think your former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, is still loyal to you? He just pleaded not guilty in the Georgia case.

Donald Trump (39:28):

Well, I hope he is loyal to me. I didn’t-

Kristen Walker (39:30):

Do you worry about him slipping?

Donald Trump (39:31):

I didn’t know anything wrong?

Kristen Walker (39:32):

Okay, let’s talk about Georgia. I want to talk about that phone call that you made to Georgia’s Secretary of State, republican, Brad Raffensperger-

Donald Trump (39:41):

That was even more perfect than my call to-

Kristen Walker (39:43):

Let’s talk about it-

Donald Trump (39:44):

… the president of Ukraine. It was a perfect call. Just before you start. Many top legal scholars, almost everyone, have analyzed that phone call. That was a phone call made in front of, I guess, seven or eight lawyers.

Donald Trump (40:00):

Brad Raffensperger the head, who by the way last week said, I didn’t do anything wrong. He said that was a negotiation. Brad Raffensperger, who I was dealing with, I appreciate that he said that. But he said last week, I didn’t do anything wrong.

Kristen Walker (40:13):

Let’s talk about it so we can move on. You said in the call-

Donald Trump (40:14):

No, no. No. Let me just tell you one other thing. When I spoke I knew I was probably being taped. I didn’t ask, but I knew I was probably being taped. They illegally taped me because they taped me in Florida. It’s a two party state, you know that, right? So they illegally taped the call, but forget about that for a second. I knew that there were many lawyers on the phone from the other side. There were many people, there were many people on the phone. When I told them, I said the election was rigged. I said all sorts of things about the election-

Kristen Walker (40:43):

And they told you it wasn’t.

Donald Trump (40:43):

Which I believe it a hundred percent.

Kristen Walker (40:45):

They told you it wasn’t.

Donald Trump (40:45):

No, I have all the facts. Look, I have all the facts. In one way, I look for a trial because it was so dishonest. So rigged and such a dangerous thing for our country. We have to have borders and we have to have fair elections. We have neither, but let me just-

Kristen Walker (41:01):

I want to talk about the border. I want to talk about the border, but we have get through this.

Donald Trump (41:04):

When I spoke in front of Brad Raffensperger, who again last week said I didn’t do anything wrong. Brad Raffensperger said it was a negotiation.

Kristen Walker (41:11):

Well, it sounded like you were asking for him to come up with 11,000 votes.

Donald Trump (41:12):

No. And you know that. You’re terrible when you say this. You’re off to a bad start because what I said, it was very simple. I got cheated in this election.

Kristen Walker (41:22):

He told you, you didn’t.

Donald Trump (41:22):

And all I need is like 11,000 whatever the number was. I got cheated in the election.

Kristen Walker (41:25):

Brad Raffensperger, who’s a Republican, said you didn’t get cheated.

Donald Trump (41:28):

Well he said that, but we have to go and see. There’s some court cases out there. We want to go into Fulton County and we want to see the real votes, and it’s so hard.

Kristen Walker (41:39):

He said they looked into it. The election had been certified three times.

Donald Trump (41:40):

They can look into it. I don’t want them. I want to look into it.

Kristen Walker (41:41):

Mr. President, the election had been cert-

Donald Trump (41:42):

I would say that if we got access to the votes, which we are close to getting in court, as you know. If we got access to those votes, if we look in, you’ll find numbers that you wouldn’t believe. More importantly though, let me just say this.

Kristen Walker (41:54):

I want to get through this. Mr. President, so we can get to the foreign policy section.

Donald Trump (41:55):

Kristen, you have to just hear me out for one second. We had, because you say something and then you want to go onto the next subject. We had many people in the line, when I said, I spoke for an hour, I knew that many people were in the line. I knew [inaudible 00:42:12] I happen to be a really smart person. Who is going to be talking badly when I have lawyers and many other people on the line. Nobody’s going to say something bad, but if it was bad, why didn’t they say, “Sir, that was very inappropriate of you to say.” Nobody said that. Nobody said, “Sir …” It was only a long time after the call that somebody said, “Oh maybe he said something wrong.” This is a hoax.

Kristen Walker (42:34):

They said, “Sir, there’s no evidence that it’s been rigged.

Donald Trump (42:35):

This is a hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia. Just like Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine. This is a hoax. Let me tell you, I spoke to them on the phone and it was left. I think something to the effect, “Okay, we’ll get together tomorrow.” Nobody said, “Sir, you shouldn’t speak.” If I said something incorrect, one of the lawyers for the state of Georgia, which I love, one of those lawyers, would’ve said, “Sir, you’ll have to take that back. That’s an inappropriate statement.” Nobody said that.

Kristen Walker (43:00):

The Republican Secretary of State said there was no evidence to fraud. He said he’d looked into it. The election had been certified three times when you made that call.

Donald Trump (43:08):

You’re talking about a different subject. If I said something wrong on the call, he or one of his many lawyers that were on the call would’ve said, “It’s inappropriate what you just said.” Nobody said that. We had a normal phone call. This became-

Kristen Walker (43:19):

They said there’s no evidence of fraud.

Donald Trump (43:22):

He also said I did nothing wrong, last week.

Kristen Walker (43:25):

Do you have any regrets about that call?

Donald Trump (43:27):


Kristen Walker (43:27):


Donald Trump (43:28):

None whatsoever. I called to complain about an election.

Kristen Walker (43:31):


Donald Trump (43:32):

And I have every right to do that. Do you think I have a right to complain about an election?

Kristen Walker (43:36):

You have a right to take your case to court, which you did 60 times. And you didn’t win.

Donald Trump (43:41):

No, I didn’t do it 60 times. They wouldn’t hear it based on all sorts of crazy … They wouldn’t hear. We never got a trial. Judges would look at stuff, say, “I’m not getting involved.” They didn’t want to get involved.

Kristen Walker (43:53):

Let’s keep moving, so we get through all of it.

Donald Trump (43:55):

If you take a look at the evidence, we have so much evidence. If you take a look at the evidence, even you, I could convince.

Kristen Walker (44:02):

You were going to hold that press conference, but you never did with the evidence.

Donald Trump (44:04):

No, because I’m using it in my court case instead.

Kristen Walker (44:07):

Okay. I want to ask you about the case related to Mar-a-Lago. A new charge suggests you asked a staffer to delete security camera footage so it wouldn’t get into the hands of investigators. Did you do that?

Donald Trump (44:17):

It’s false.

Kristen Walker (44:17):

It’s False?

Donald Trump (44:18):

Totally false. But let me tell you what else. [inaudible 00:44:19]

Kristen Walker (44:19):

Would you testify to that under oath?

Donald Trump (44:20):

I’ll testify [inaudible 00:44:22]. Yeah.

Kristen Walker (44:22):

You’d testify to that under oath? Okay.

Donald Trump (44:22):

It’s a fake charge by this deranged lunatic prosecutor who lost in the Supreme Court nine to nothing and he tried to destroy lots of lives. He’s a lunatic. So it’s a fake charge, but more importantly the tapes weren’t deleted. In other words, there was nothing done to them, and they were my tapes. I could have fought them. I didn’t even have to give them the tapes I don’t think. I think I would’ve won in court. They asked for the tapes, I said, “Sure.” They’re my tapes. I could have fought them. I didn’t even have to give them. Just so you understand though, we didn’t delete anything. Nothing was deleted.

Kristen Walker (44:58):

So that’s false? The people who testified to that is false?

Donald Trump (45:00):

Well number one, the statement is false. Much more importantly, when the tapes came and everybody says this, they weren’t deleted. We give them a hundred percent.

Kristen Walker (45:08):

Okay. Let’s-

Donald Trump (45:09):

And just so you know, I offered them. I said, “If you want to look at tapes, you can look at them.”

Kristen Walker (45:14):

Let’s move on to January 6th, and the allegations that you tried to subvert the election. And again, I just want to give you a chance to talk about this because voters want to hear about this. The most senior lawyers in your own administration and on your campaign told you that after you’d lost more than 60 legal challenges that it was over. Why did you ignore them and decide to listen to a new outside group [inaudible 00:45:36]?

Donald Trump (45:36):

Because I didn’t respect them, as lawyers.

Kristen Walker (45:38):

You’d hired them.

Donald Trump (45:39):

Sure, but that doesn’t mean … You hire them. You never met these people. You get a recommendation. They turn out to be rhinos or they turn out to be not so good. In many cases, I didn’t respect them, but I did respect others. I respected many others that said the election was rigged. Look, we have many people and it’s my choice, I happen to know that the election was rigged. Okay? I know it because there’s so much proof of ballot stuffing. It’s amazing. Right just a little while ago, in terms of the modern history where the 51 intelligence agents said very specifically, they lied. They all lied and they said about the laptop, that it was Russia disinformation. That was a lie. That had a huge impact on the election. In fact, the pollsters say over 10 points. I didn’t need 10 points. I needed one 10th of a point. If you take a look at the Twitter files with the FBI and Twitter dealing, that had a huge impact on the election. Just those things. But in addition to that-

Kristen Walker (46:42):

When you say you needed-

Donald Trump (46:42):

You have ballot stuffing, you have a lot of other things.

Kristen Walker (46:44):

When you say you needed one 10th of a point, you needed one 10th of a point to win?

Donald Trump (46:48):

One tenth of a point. I needed a very small [inaudible 00:46:48]. I think somebody said 22,000 votes.

Kristen Walker (46:50):

To win?

Donald Trump (46:51):

Yeah. If you divided among the states, it was 22,000 votes, something to that effect. Yeah.

Kristen Walker (46:55):

To win the election?

Donald Trump (46:56):

Yeah. If I would’ve had another 22,000 votes over the whole … Look, they rigged the election. If you look at Pennsylvania, if you look at all the stuff-

Kristen Walker (47:04):

But Mr. President, you’re saying you needed more votes to win the election.

Donald Trump (47:06):

Excuse me.

Kristen Walker (47:06):

Are you acknowledging you didn’t win?

Donald Trump (47:08):

If you look at all of the statistics, all of the votes, they say 22,000 votes over millions and millions of votes, 22,000 votes. So when they do Twitter files or when they have 51 intelligence agents come out and lie that the laptop from hell was Russia disinformation and now they find out it’s not. But they knew that at the time. They cheated on the election in that way too.

Kristen Walker (47:36):

I just want to be clear though, are you saying you needed those votes in order to win? Are you acknowledging you didn’t win?

Donald Trump (47:42):

I’m not acknowledging, no. I say I won the election.

Kristen Walker (47:45):

Okay. Even though, again, your lawyers told you you did not.

Donald Trump (47:49):

No, no, no.

Kristen Walker (47:49):

Let me understand.

Donald Trump (47:50):

Some people told me that, but many people told me the opposite.

Kristen Walker (47:53):

Okay. You called some of your outside lawyers, you said they had crazy theories. Why were you listening to them? Were you listening to them because they were telling you what you wanted to hear?

Donald Trump (48:02):

You know who I listened to? Myself. I saw what happened. I watched that election and I thought the election was over at 10 o’clock in the evening.

Kristen Walker (48:09):

You were listening to your instincts.

Donald Trump (48:11):

My instincts are a big part of it. That’s been the thing that’s gotten me to where I am, my instincts, but I also listened to people. There are many lawyers. I could give you many books. There are books that are written on how the election was rigged. There are numerous books that were written on how the election was rigged.

Kristen Walker (48:27):

Just to be clear, were you listening to your lawyer’s advice, or were you listening to your own instincts?

Donald Trump (48:30):

I was listening to different people and when I added it all up, the election was rigged. There are books that are written.

Kristen Walker (48:36):

Were you calling the shots though?

Donald Trump (48:39):

In fact, Molly Hemmingway wrote a great book called Rigged.

Kristen Walker (48:42):

But were you calling the shots ultimately?

Donald Trump (48:43):

Excuse me. Molly Hemmingway, who’s highly respected and great, she wrote a book, a bestselling book called Rigged.

Kristen Walker (48:51):

Were you calling the shots though, Mr. President, ultimately?

Donald Trump (48:54):

As to whether or not I believed it was rigged, sure.

Kristen Walker (48:57):


Donald Trump (48:57):

It was my decision. But I listened to some people, some people said that. Like guys like Bill Barr, who was a stiff, but he wasn’t there at the time. But he didn’t do his job because he was afraid. You know what he was afraid of? He was afraid of being impeached. He was petrified to be impeached, and how do you not get impeached? Don’t do anything?

Kristen Walker (49:16):

We’ve heard so much Mr. President about that day, the actual day of January 6th from other people. But quite frankly, we haven’t heard from you about your own perceptions of how that day unfolded. We’ve heard you talk about the rally, and I’m curious about what happened when you got back to the White House. I know you spent most of the day in the dining room. What were you doing in there? How were you watching it unfold?

Donald Trump (49:38):

So let me just tell you about January 6th. First of all, I had very little to do with January 6th. I was asked to speak and I was the President of the United States. I’m allowed to do that. But I was asked to speak. Other groups, I think it was women’s groups. A lot of people were involved in that. And it was incredible. It was incredible. It was, I think the largest group I’ve ever spoken. You never see that. You never see pictures of the group that I was speaking to. I think it was the most people, and I’ve spoken to some very large groups. Hundreds of thousands of people were there and it was a beautiful, beautiful sight. But just so you understand, I went and I spoke, and by the way, peacefully and patriotically and all of that, which wasn’t reported, which wasn’t reported. But when I spoke, I had senators go up. They said, “I’ve never heard you speak so moderately. You were very moderate.”

Kristen Walker (50:34):

What happened when you got back to the White House, Mr. President?

Donald Trump (50:34):

Wait, wait, let me just say. So I spoke, and then I went back. I wanted to go down peacefully and patriotically to the Capitol. Secret Service, who I have great respect for said, “Sir, it’s better if you don’t do that. It could be unsafe.” They didn’t mean because of riots, because it takes one guy with bad intentions. So I didn’t have a dispute with them. You had that one person said I grabbed the man around the neck. Actually I wish I was so strong to be able to do that. These are all tough guys, smart guys, tough guys.

Kristen Walker (51:05):

So you dispute that account?

Donald Trump (51:07):

Dispute it? Who wouldn’t dispute it? She’s the craziest account I’ve ever heard. You mean that I was in the beast, and she said I was in the beast, and the Secret Service didn’t want … So I took a guy who was like a black belt in karate and grabbed his neck and tried to choke him.

Kristen Walker (51:22):

What happened-

Donald Trump (51:22):

How ridiculous. Just so you understand. And I have great respect for Secret Service by the way, they’re fantastic. The Secret Service said “Sir, it would be better if you didn’t.” And I said, “I’d love to do it.” They said it would be better, and so we went back to the White House. Just so you understand, I spoke, I made a very nice speech. I wasn’t Maxine Waters that calls for people’s death and some of these … Take a look at what these other people say. It’s so ridiculous.

Kristen Walker (51:47):

What happened when you got to the White House though? Where did you watch all of the events unfold?

Donald Trump (51:49):

Let me tell you, much more importantly, I offered two days before, two or three days before, 10,000 soldiers and they were going to go because everybody was telling me, I knew it was going to be big in terms of the crowd because everybody I spoke to said, “Hey, I’m going down on January 6th. I’m going down. I’m going to listen to your speech, et cetera.” And there were other speakers. I wasn’t the only speaker. There were many speakers, but wait a minute, I offered 10,000 people to the mayor of Washington DC, Nancy Pelosi, both of them. Nancy Pelosi and to the mayor of Washington, and they turned it down flat. And the police commissioner was very nasty about it to her, and he testified, and here’s what happened? The January 6th unselect committee of thugs and horrible people, the unselect committee destroyed all the evidence. Do you know?

Kristen Walker (52:37):

They say they didn’t do that. We did ask them. We did ask the January 6th committee. They said they didn’t do that.

Donald Trump (52:41):

Well, they announced that they destroyed and deleted most of the evidence.

Kristen Walker (52:45):

They say some of the evidence is still under review. I want to know about your perspective. Mr. President-

Donald Trump (52:49):

Wait, Kristen-

Kristen Walker (52:49):

I want to ask about you though.

Donald Trump (52:50):

They put out an announcement that they destroyed the evidence, and they destroyed all the stuff having to do with Nancy Pelosi and they wouldn’t let her testify. We said, “Why isn’t she testifying?” It was a whole rigged deal. “Why isn’t she testifying?” I offered them 10,000. Soldiers. She turned them.

Kristen Walker (53:05):

Mr. President, I want to know what you did on that day.

Donald Trump (53:07):

You know that she’s in charge of security.

Kristen Walker (53:08):

I want to know, you’re the President of the United States though.

Donald Trump (53:10):

Kristen, she’s in charge of security.

Kristen Walker (53:11):

Tell me how you watched this all unfold. Were you in the dining room watching TV?

Donald Trump (53:14):

I’m not going to tell you. I’ll tell people later at an appropriate time. Just so you understand however, and I make beautiful statements.

Kristen Walker (53:24):

What did you do when the Capitol was under attack though, Mr President.

Donald Trump (53:24):

Let me just tell you-

Kristen Walker (53:24):

In the moment that the Capitol was under attack.

Donald Trump (53:24):

Did you see the statements I made in the Oval Office and just outside of the Oval Office?

Kristen Walker (53:29):

Absolutely. I was there that day.

Donald Trump (53:31):

Go home. Our police are great. We love our police. We love everybody. Go home. This was a beautiful statement.

Kristen Walker (53:36):

That was at four o’clock the afternoon, more than three hours after the attacks started, Mr. President.

Donald Trump (53:42):

Well, that statement was made … I don’t know. But there were Tweets that were put out before that.

Kristen Walker (53:43):

I want to know who you called on that day.

Donald Trump (53:44):

By the way, Nancy Pelosi … Why would I tell you that?

Kristen Walker (53:48):

I want to talk about that day. Don’t want to talk about that?

Donald Trump (53:49):

Listen, Nancy Pelosi was in charge of security. She turned down 10,000 soldiers. If she didn’t turn down the soldiers, you wouldn’t have had January 6th.

Kristen Walker (53:59):

Did you call military or law enforcement?

Donald Trump (54:02):


Kristen Walker (54:02):

Did you call military or law enforcement at the moment the Capitol was under attack?

Donald Trump (54:05):

I’m not going to tell you anything.

Kristen Walker (54:05):


Donald Trump (54:07):

Let me put it this way; I behaved so well. I did such a good job. Nancy Pelosi turned down 10,000 soldiers. If she didn’t do that, and now I understand that the police testified against-

Kristen Walker (54:20):

But Nancy Pelosi doesn’t have the authority that you have as Commander-in-Chief though.

Donald Trump (54:21):

Listen to me, Kristen. Listen to me. I understand that the police testified against her, the chief very strongly against her, Capitol Police. Great people. They testified against her and they burned all the evidence. Okay? They burned all the evidence.

Kristen Walker (54:35):

Mr President-

Donald Trump (54:35):

They destroyed all the evidence about Nancy Pelosi.

Kristen Walker (54:38):

What do you say to people who wonder why you as Commander-in-Chief, you have authorities that Nancy Pelosi doesn’t have, as Commander-in-Chief?

Donald Trump (54:45):

No, no. She has authority over the Capitol.

Kristen Walker (54:45):

Why didn’t you send help in that moment though?

Donald Trump (54:49):

Frankly, just so you understand, I assumed that she took care of it. She turned down-

Kristen Walker (54:54):

So when you realized that the National Guard wasn’t coming, and when help wasn’t coming?

Donald Trump (54:57):

Well, you don’t realize anything until quite a while. National Guard not coming? I asked it to be there three days in advance and she turned it down.

Kristen Walker (55:07):

She says that that request was never officially made.

Donald Trump (55:09):

Oh, stop it.

Kristen Walker (55:10):

Just so you know.

Donald Trump (55:13):

Let me just tell you.

Kristen Walker (55:13):

Let me ask you about pardons, Mr. President.

Donald Trump (55:15):

The mayor of DC gave us a letter saying that she turns it down. Okay, we have it. Nancy Pelosi also was asked and she turned it down. The police commissioner of Capitol Police-

Kristen Walker (55:27):

I talking about the day of the.

Donald Trump (55:27):

Wait a minute.

Kristen Walker (55:28):


Donald Trump (55:28):

Capitol Police said that he wanted it and Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t accept it. She’s responsible for January 6th.

Kristen Walker (55:35):

Let’s, Mr. President-

Donald Trump (55:36):

Nancy Pelosi’s responsible. And the J6 committee refused to interview her.

Kristen Walker (55:41):

Mr. President, you are the president though, you have authorities that no one else has, as the Commander-in-Chief. Do you think you showed leadership on that day?

Donald Trump (55:45):

Yes, absolutely I did.

Kristen Walker (55:45):


Donald Trump (55:47):

And I showed calm. Nancy Pelosi is responsible for the security and she did a terrible job.

Kristen Walker (55:53):

Looking forward-

Donald Trump (55:54):

And by the way, from what I understand, they burned all the evidence.

Kristen Walker (55:58):

Okay. She says she never got an official request. They say they didn’t, but that’s what you’re saying.

Donald Trump (56:01):

Oh, she’s so … Really?

Kristen Walker (56:01):

Let’s talk about-

Donald Trump (56:02):

And her daughter taping her.

Kristen Walker (56:02):

Let’s talk about-

Donald Trump (56:03):

Her daughter happened to be a documentary worker.

Kristen Walker (56:05):

Let’s talk about potential pardons.

Donald Trump (56:05):

A documentary worker just happened to be there taping her at the time?

Kristen Walker (56:10):

Let’s talk about potential pardons, because a lot of your supporters are wondering about that. Proud Boys leader, Enrique Tarrio was sentenced to 22 years in jail. Now that you know what the sentence is, 22 years in jail, will you give him a pardon? Will you give other Proud Boys a pardon?

Donald Trump (56:26):

I don’t know him. I never met him. I never heard of him until I started reading the stuff.

Kristen Walker (56:31):

Will you pardon him?

Donald Trump (56:32):

But I want to tell you, he and other people have been treated horribly. ANTIFA killed people and those guys didn’t even get tried in many cases.

Kristen Walker (56:41):

There’s no evidence ANTIFA was there.

Donald Trump (56:41):

They put these guys in jail for 17, 18, and 22 years. They didn’t kill anybody. Some of them never even went into the Capitol. Some of them weren’t even in DC. And they got a 22 or a 17-year sentence. 16, 18, 15, 22.

Kristen Walker (56:58):

Well, more than 1000 people have been charged, Mr. President.

Donald Trump (56:59):

Wait a minute, wait a minute. Yeah. A thousand people. How many people, let me ask you this, how many people were charged for destroying Portland? How many people were charged for burning down the police precinct and courthouse-

Kristen Walker (57:11):

Will you give him a pardon? Will you pardon him though? Will you pardon him?

Donald Trump (57:11):

In Minneapolis. I’d certainly look at it. I’d look at that. And I’d look at all the other people that have suffered. The J6 people.

Kristen Walker (57:18):

Mr. President, let me ask one final question, then let’s move on to foreign policy.

Donald Trump (57:21):

People that went there that didn’t even go into the building have suffered gravely and you have to say one system of justice, right? You take a look at what’s gone on in Portland. They burned down the city. The city is in shambles to this day. The store owners don’t, even rebuild storefronts anymore. They put up two by fours.

Kristen Walker (57:41):

I want to move on to foreign policy, Mr. President. Let me just ask you one more [inaudible 00:57:44]

Donald Trump (57:43):

But why do you do that? Why do you give me a horrible question and then you don’t let me answer it? You’re off to a bad start, I’m telling you.

Kristen Walker (57:50):

Mr. President, I want to make sure we get to talk about foreign policy as well.

Donald Trump (57:53):

But I don’t mind. I have all the time in the world

Kristen Walker (57:56):

You do? Okay.

Donald Trump (57:56):

I have all the time in the world. Why is it that the people, ANTIFA people and very bad people that burned down Portland, burned down Minneapolis, burned down so much, New York City, what they did in New York City, and they were barely charged? And yet the people in Washington, in some cases never even went into the building. They’ve been persecuted. They’ve been persecuted.

Kristen Walker (58:18):

Well, the people who were charged in January 6th, some of them were charged with sedition, some of them were charged for violating the Capitol.

Donald Trump (58:26):

And we will take a look at everything. But many of these people have been persecuted, what they’ve done to them.

Kristen Walker (58:29):

Your supporters [inaudible 00:58:30].

Donald Trump (58:30):

And they didn’t do this to the people that burned down … You take a look at Portland, it’s like a burned down hulk of a city, including the Federal Courthouse.

Kristen Walker (58:39):

Mr. President, if you were reelected, would you pardon yourself?

Donald Trump (58:44):

I could have pardoned myself. Do you know what? I was given an option to pardon myself. I could have pardoned myself when I left. People said, “Would you like to pardon yourself?” I had a couple of attorneys that said, “You can do it if you want.” I had some people that said it would look bad if you do it. Because I think it would look terrible. I said, “Here’s the story. These people are thugs, horrible people. Fascists, Marxists, sick people. They’ve been after me from the day I came down the escalator with Melania. And I did a great job as president.” People were acknowledged. Great economy, great jobs, great this, great that, rebuilt the military, space force, everything. I could go on forever. Let me just tell you, I said, “The last thing I’d ever do is give myself a pardon.”

I could have given myself a pardon. Don’t ask me about what I would do. I could have. The last day, I could have had a pardon done. That would’ve saved me all of these lawyers and all of these fake charges, these Biden indictments, they’re all Biden indictments, political. They indicted, they want to arrest their political opponents. Only Third World countries do that. Banana Republic. So, ready? I never said this to anybody. I was given the option. I could have done a pardon of myself. You know what I said? I have no interest in even thinking about it.

Donald Trump (01:00:00):

I never even wanted to think about it and I could have done it. And all of these questions you’re asking me about the fake charges you wouldn’t be asking me because it’s a very powerful thing for a president. I was told by some people that these are sick lunatics that I’m dealing with. “Give yourself a pardon, your life will be a lot easier.” I said I would never give myself a pardon.

Kristen Walker (01:00:23):

Even if you were reelected in this moment?

Donald Trump (01:00:26):

Well, I think it’s very unlikely. What did I do wrong? I didn’t do anything wrong. You mean because I challenged an election, they want to put me in jail. I challenged an election, but I challenged a crooked election.

Kristen Walker (01:00:36):

So, it’s not on your radar right now?

Donald Trump (01:00:38):

It was a rigged election. I challenged a rigged election and now I’m going to win for a third time. And I just hope they have better vote counters.

Kristen Walker (01:00:45):

Let’s move on to foreign policy. Mr. President, I want to talk about the war in Ukraine. I want a big picture, get a sense of how you see this conflict. Do you see the security of Ukraine as critical to the security of the United States?

Donald Trump (01:01:03):

Okay, let me talk about it without interruption. Ukraine, would’ve never happened if I were president. If this election weren’t rigged, Ukraine would’ve never happened. You would have hundreds of thousands of people, including lots of soldiers still living. The cities would be flourishing or at least up. These are cities that can never be rebuilt again, certainly not the way they were. Magnificent buildings all ripped down like a demolition site. It would’ve never happened for two reasons. Number one, and most importantly, Putin has a lot of respect for me and he wouldn’t have played games and I told him, “Don’t ever go in.” And he would never have gone in. This was only after I left that this happened. Likewise, President Xi would never ever be talking about Taiwan the way he’s talking about it right now. And they didn’t, they weren’t talking about it. It was only after I left.

He would’ve never gone in. Equally as important, oil prices would’ve been at $40 a barrel instead of $110 a barrel. So he wouldn’t have been able to afford going in. He actually is the only nation that made money because oil has been driven up so high by stupid people like Biden. Biden is an incompetent man and what happened is oil… In fact, you’re going to hit a new high very soon. Again, that means Russia makes money from oil. Russia is going to make a lot of money and, because they’re making a lot of money, there’s no reason for them to settle other than humanitarian reasons and let’s not assume people are going to be so humanitarian. So, Putin would’ve never gone in because oil was at $40 a barrel and he wouldn’t have been able to afford to have gone in. At a hundred dollars a barrel he made a fortune and that’s one reason. The other reason he wouldn’t have gone in because I said, “Don’t go in. Don’t even think about it.”

Kristen Walker (01:02:55):

Just to that key question though, Mr. President, do you think that our security, the United States’ security is linked to Ukraine’s security?

Donald Trump (01:03:03):

I think that Europe has to do more. We’re in for $200 billion, they’re in for $25 billion and it affects them more than it affects us. It certainly affects them much more than it affects us.

Kristen Walker (01:03:12):

So you do think that it’s linked in some way?

Donald Trump (01:03:14):

Well, I think Europe has taken advantage of a stupid president.

Kristen Walker (01:03:17):

You’ve probably…

Donald Trump (01:03:18):

Look, Biden should say to them, “You have to equalize, you have to catch up.” Europe is about the same size as our economy if you add them all up. Add the countries up, it’s about the same size and Biden should say to them like I did with NATO. NATO, they all owed money. I said, “Get your money in.” And we had over 430 billion dollars put in almost immediately. And the head of NATO, Stoltenberg, Secretary General, nice guy, he said to me, most amazing thing I’ve ever done.

And he said it publicly too. He said Bush would come in, make a speech and leave. Obama would come in, make a speech and leave. Trump came in and said, “You guys aren’t paying your bills.” And I got them to pay. You know, they asked me something which hasn’t been reported but the media knows it. We had a meeting of the 28 countries. At that time, 28 countries, and they said to me, “Are you saying, sir…” Because I said, “You got to pay your bills.” “Are you saying, sir, that you won’t protect us against Russia if we don’t pay?” I said, “Sorry to tell you that’s what I’m saying.” You know what happened?

Kristen Walker (01:04:19):


Donald Trump (01:04:20):

They started sending us money. And I was never given credit for it. But you wouldn’t even have a NATO if it wasn’t for me.

Kristen Walker (01:04:27):

Let me ask you Mr. President-

Donald Trump (01:04:28):

But here’s the thing…

Kristen Walker (01:04:28):

-about your strategy…

Donald Trump (01:04:29):

The European countries have to start paying their share because we are having to do with Ukraine because we’re at 200 billion and they’re at 20 or 25 billion. It’s so unfair.

Kristen Walker (01:04:39):

Let me ask you about your strategy though, because you have said you want to end this war in 24 hours.

Donald Trump (01:04:44):


Kristen Walker (01:04:44):

You saw the meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Putin. Do you think that complicates your strategy, if you were reelected, to try to end this war in 24 hours?

Donald Trump (01:04:53):

No, look. It would’ve been easier if the war didn’t start and you’d have hundreds of thousands of people living, most importantly. But it would’ve been a lot easier if it didn’t. But I can get it done and I can get it done quickly.

Kristen Walker (01:05:06):

How do you do it? Can you paint a picture for me?

Donald Trump (01:05:06):

You talk about Kim Jong Un, right? I got along great with Kim Jong Un after the first month or two when we were sparring, but I got along great with him. We were in no danger. President Biden said and he felt even now and President Obama told me when we sat down. Obama told me and Biden still to this day, except I don’t think he knows this, he can’t put two sentences together. But President Obama told me our biggest threat is from North Korea. We are going to end up in a war. We didn’t end up with a war with North Korea. We were going to make a deal. I would say I would’ve had a deal made with North Korea shortly after the election, had the election not been rigged.

Kristen Walker (01:05:44):

How do you end this war though, talking of deals? How do you end this war in 24 hours?

Donald Trump (01:05:48):

I can’t tell you exactly because if I did, people understand, if I tell you exactly, I lose all my bargaining chips. I mean, you can’t really say exactly what you’re going to do. But I would say certain things to Putin. I would say certain things to Zelenskyy, both of whom I get along with. Don’t forget, Zelenskyy did something that was very honorable. They asked him, it didn’t stop these animals from impeaching me, but it’s one of those things. They asked him, “Did Trump do anything wrong?” He said, “Absolutely not.” It was a very normal phone call. You can’t say that about Biden’s call because Biden, what he did was horrible with the prosecutor, but he said something that was very honorable. He could have grandstanded and said, “Oh, I felt threatened.” He said that President Trump did absolutely nothing wrong, on the phone call.

Kristen Walker (01:06:30):

Some people hear you say you’re going to end the war in 24 hours and they worry that means President Putin is going to get to keep the territory he’s unlawfully claimed.

Donald Trump (01:06:38):

No, no, no. I’d make a fair deal for everybody. Nope. I’d make a fair deal.

Kristen Walker (01:06:40):

It doesn’t mean that? It wouldn’t be a win for Putin?

Donald Trump (01:06:42):

That’s something that could have been negotiated because there were certain parts, Crimea and other parts of the country that a lot of people expected could happen. You could have made a deal. So they could have made a deal, where there’s less territory right now than Russia’s already taken, to be honest. And you could have made a deal where nobody was killed. They had a deal. They would’ve had a Ukraine country. Now nobody even knows if Ukraine is going to be totally taken over. I will say this, something’s going on and it’s not good for Ukraine because the news is no longer reporting about the war. The fake news, they don’t report about the war anymore. You don’t find much reporting. That means that Ukraine’s losing. Okay. I see very little reporting from NBC, your network. I see very little reporting from NBC, ABC, from CBS, from anyone about the war. It used to be you’d go and you’d watch, even a couple of months ago, you’d watch all of this great strategy. The spring offensive never happened. Ukraine spring offensive never happened because they were met with a wall of armaments and bombs.

Kristen Walker (01:07:49):

President Zelenskyy is worried that people are losing interest in this war, as you’re saying.

Donald Trump (01:07:55):

No, no, I’m just saying-

Kristen Walker (01:07:56):

Mr. President, how would…

Donald Trump (01:07:56):

-I’m not seeing anything about the war anymore.

Kristen Walker (01:07:57):

Would it be a top priority for people…

Donald Trump (01:07:58):

To me that means that, probably, because the press is fake and very discredited, that would mean that… Look, here’s my attitude on the war. I just want people to stop being killed. I was asked by that ridiculous CNN group during my town hall, “Whose side are you on?” I said, “I’m on the side of people stop being killed. I don’t want to see people killed. They’re being killed by the thousands and thousands and thousands and that’s the side I’m on.” And you know what? People like that answer, to be honest. And I stay with that same answer. I want people to stop being killed.

Kristen Walker (01:08:38):

I want to ask you about something President Putin said about you this week. I don’t know if you’ve seen it. This was very recent. President Putin said, “We surely hear that Mr. Trump says he will resolve all burning issues within several days, including the Ukrainian crisis. We cannot help but feel happy about it.” What do you make of that? Do you welcome his support?

Donald Trump (01:08:57):

I like that he said that because that means what I’m saying is right. I would get him into a room, I’d get Zelenskyy into a room, then I’d bring them together and I’d have a deal worked out. I would get a deal worked out. It would’ve been a lot easier before it started. Essentially, for four years, I kept them from doing anything because, you know what? I will tell you this. I’ve never said this. Ukraine was the apple of his eye. I said, “Don’t ever do it. Don’t ever do it.” He would never have done it. But again, oil prices. He wouldn’t have done it because of me. But oil prices. The prices were so high that he had so much money. So he had all this money to prosecute the war. The one who drove up the prices was Biden.

Kristen Walker (01:09:40):

Given that President Putin has bombed maternity wards…

Donald Trump (01:09:47):


Kristen Walker (01:09:47):

20,000 kids kidnapped-

Donald Trump (01:09:48):

It’s all terrible.

Kristen Walker (01:09:49):

-from Ukraine-

Donald Trump (01:09:50):

It’s all terrible.

Kristen Walker (01:09:51):

-by Russia. Mass graves. Do you welcome his support? He’s all but endorsement.

Donald Trump (01:09:57):

Look, I had a very good relationship with him and yet nobody was tougher on Russia than me. I stopped Nord Stream 2. You never heard of Nord Stream 2. That was the pipeline until I got involved. I said, “Nord Stream 2…” People that were sophisticated military people and political people never heard of Nord Stream 2. I had it ended, the pipeline was dead. Biden came in and he approved it.

There was nobody tougher than me with Russia and yet I got along with Putin. Let me tell you, I got along with him really well and that’s a good thing, not a bad thing. He’s got 1700 nuclear missiles and so do we. But look, that’s a good thing. Getting along is okay, but I got along through strength. And the war would’ve never happened. The war would’ve never happened. Now what’s happened? It’s so bad. The oil price is so high. It’s hard to get it stopped. The oil price is so high, when he goes above 50 and $60 a barrel, he makes a lot of money on the war. Now, it’s a humanitarian thing, it’s a lot of different reasons, but I will get that war stopped very, very quickly.

Kristen Walker (01:11:01):

I want to talk about another region that you talked about.

Donald Trump (01:11:03):

It’s too bad we have to wait so long.

Kristen Walker (01:11:04):

Let’s talk about another region you talked about. China. If you were to cut a deal between President Putin and President Zelenskyy, do you run the risk of emboldening China to invade Taiwan?

Donald Trump (01:11:17):

No, not at all, because China, he’s another one I got along with until we had the China virus come in. Once COVID came in, okay, once it was like… I made a great trade deal with China, one of the greatest deals ever made for the farmers and for the manufacturers. 50 billion dollars a year is a great deal. I don’t even talk about it because once COVID came in it was like I didn’t want to talk about anything. I was a much different person. What happened to this world, not our country, the whole world. What happened with COVID and it just shouldn’t have happened. It shouldn’t have happened. What China did to the world was so bad. But I had a great relationship with-

Kristen Walker (01:11:54):

Would you send troops into Taiwan?

Donald Trump (01:11:55):

I had a great relationship with President Xi, really great relationship and he was going to stop fentanyl from coming in. He was going to do a lot. He was going to criminalize it if you made it. In China, they have a death penalty for drug dealers. He was going to make that with fentanyl dealers too. But then the election didn’t work out and he never had to do that.

Kristen Walker (01:12:13):

I know you’ve been asked this, but very quickly, if China were to invade Taiwan, have you made a determination, again, since voters are about to go to the polls, would you send the US military into Taiwan if President Xi were to invade? President Biden says he would.

Donald Trump (01:12:27):

I won’t say. I won’t say. Because if I said I’m giving away… Only stupid people are going to give that… Again, I heard the other day DeSantis said something about he was going to do this or he was going to do that. I say, “Well, why is he saying the strategy?” You can’t say that. So when you ask me that question, I would never say that because you give away all your options.

Kristen Walker (01:12:47):

But you don’t take it off the table?

Donald Trump (01:12:49):

I don’t take anything off the table. No.

Kristen Walker (01:12:51):

If elected, you say you would order the Defense Department to use special forces to inflict maximum damage on drug cartels.

Donald Trump (01:12:57):


Kristen Walker (01:12:57):


Donald Trump (01:12:57):

People said I said that.

Kristen Walker (01:12:57):

Okay, what would you do?

Donald Trump (01:12:57):

I didn’t say that.

Kristen Walker (01:13:03):

What would you do?

Donald Trump (01:13:03):

I wouldn’t tell you what I’d do. Why would I say that? Because again, you don’t want people to know your strategy. Now people said, they leaked, and said things, that I said this or I said that or I was going to hit them with patriot missiles, the drug dealers in Mexico. But I will say, and horribly, that they kill 250,000 people in the United States every year. You never hear that number. You hear a hundred thousand. I think it’s much more. They destroy families because when you lose a son or a daughter to Fentanyl or a wife or anybody else, but when you lose a son or daughter, your life is destroyed. Their lives are destroyed. They’ve destroyed so many families. It comes from Mexico. Something’s got to be done. If we were in war, we wouldn’t lose 250,000 people. We’re losing more people than you lose in just about any war that we’ve ever had. And we lose them on a yearly basis. Something has to be done and it has to be done fairly quickly.

Kristen Walker (01:14:03):

Ron DeSantis says he’s in this race to finish the border wall. What do you say to that and to Republican voters?

Donald Trump (01:14:09):

I built 500 miles of border wall. It was great. It was just what, as you know, the border controlled board and everybody else… Border patrol, I had him in my office. We were going to do concrete plank, 40 feet high. They didn’t want that. They wanted see through. They wanted it to be steel, concrete and rebar. I did everything. I gave them the wall that they wanted. We tested it. We had mountain climbers test it. That’s the wall we built.

I built almost 500 miles of wall. We were then going to build another 200 miles of certain areas that all of a sudden people were coming into areas that they couldn’t come into anymore and we were all set to do that. It was all bought and all Obama had to do, all Biden had to do, it could be Obama too, because a lot of people think he’s calling the shots. So who knows? But all Biden had to do is go out and put it up and he not only didn’t put it up, he took it off the site and they put it in yards, hundreds of miles away, so that Texas and Arizona couldn’t get it.

I had the safest border in history. I had the best border in history. We had the lowest drug numbers for years and years and years, decades. We had the lowest drug numbers. We had the lowest human trafficking numbers. We had the least number of people coming across. All he had to do was go to the beach, like he does all the time. If he went to the beach and didn’t do anything, we’d have a great border right now.

Kristen Walker (01:15:31):

Final question, Mr. President. You have met with prime ministers, kings, queens, dictators. You’ve seen it all. As you think about the possibility of a second term, do you still think that democracy is the most effective form of government?

Donald Trump (01:15:47):

I do. I do. But it has to be a democracy that’s fair. This democracy is… I don’t consider us to have much of a democracy right now. They indict their political opponent. Free speech is shot because the press is very dishonest. Very dishonest. Even the way you fight me on simple questions like the border and this, you fight me so much and I’m saying, “Why are you fighting me?” Do you know when I first ran the approval rating of the media, it was very high and now it’s very low. It may be below Congress, which is pretty hard to believe. People understand what’s going on. We need a media that’s free and fair. And frankly, if they don’t have that, it’s very, very hard to straighten out our country.

Kristen Walker (01:16:30):

Did you feel as President you had enough power, though? If you were reelected, would you try to find ways, for example, there’s a report you’re looking into firing, potentially, people within the federal government who aren’t necessarily perceived to be loyal? Would you need more power?

Donald Trump (01:16:46):

Well, just so you understand, that’s what the Democrats do, okay, they do it in spades.

Kristen Walker (01:16:50):

Would you do that?

Donald Trump (01:16:50):

They do it at a level that you wouldn’t believe, I mean nobody’s ever done… No. I wouldn’t do that. I want great people. Whether they’re Republican or Democrat, I want great people. But I want people that love our country, not people that hate our country.

Kristen Walker (01:17:02):

Anything else you’d like to say?

Donald Trump (01:17:04):

No, I think that’s good. I think we did a lot.

Kristen Walker (01:17:07):

Is there any scenario by which, because Ron DeSantis says, if you were elected, he’d have two turns and you’d only have one more turn, is there any scenario by which you would seek a third term in office?

Donald Trump (01:17:19):

No. Just so you understand, when DeSantis says that, that means he’s not your man. He’s not your man anyway, because he’s a very untalented guy and he’s proven that. He started out, everybody was talking to him. After I worked him over a little bit, he’s gone down the tubes. I think he’s going to end up being number three or four. He just had a poll today, he was number four. And by the way, the one that was number two was 59 points behind. So it’s very interesting. But when somebody says eight years, we need eight years, no, in six months to a year, many of the problems, almost all of the problems that you and I have just spoken about will be solved. Anybody that says they need eight years, you don’t want that person.

Kristen Walker (01:17:57):

Thank you, Mr. President.

Donald Trump (01:17:59):

Thank you.

Kristen Walker (01:18:00):

I really appreciate it.

Donald Trump (01:18:00):

Thank you very much and good luck.

Kristen Walker (01:18:01):

We went all around the horn today and I appreciate it very much.

Donald Trump (01:18:06):

Yes we did.

Kristen Walker (01:18:06):

Thank you.

Donald Trump (01:18:06):

Good luck for many years.

Kristen Walker (01:18:06):

Thank you. Thank you for giving me a little extra time.

Donald Trump (01:18:11):

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