tv First Presidential Debate CNN September 26, 2016 6:00pm-7:31pm PDT
try and make a large impression right away. and whether it's hillary clinton challenging him on something like birtherism right away or whether it's donald trump challenging her on her e-mails, as kayleigh was talking about, right away, they're going to play to their base and then they're going to try to broaden it out, i would think. but i think you've got to do it immediately in this day and age. >> he needs to remember, primary season is over. that which brought him thus far could not carry him all the way to the white house. it could, in fact, hurt him if he plays some of the same cards that were successful in that season. >> they also both have to be very well aware at this point of what voters they still need to reach. >> exactly, exactly. you know, there are maybe 6 to 15% of folks who are undecided. it's a very diverse group of people who are still undecided. some of them are romney republicans. some of them are bernie sanders supporters. so they've got to tailor their messages to that. and i think one of the things hillary clinton has often been good at in these debates is he
brings some new fact about her opponent. she did that very often with bernie sanders on guns, on the auto bailout, often putting the other person back on their feet. she's got to do that tonight. her campaign has spent millions and millions doing that, but she's got to do it again. >> one thing i would look for is whether donald trump tries to introduce at the beginning of this some self-deprecating humor, which i think would be very, very smart. because people don't expect that of him. >> do you expect that? >> let's remember -- >> one thing i think would be interesting is, he really wants to make the status quo seem terrible, so he's going to say, what do you have to lose. if he goes there, she should go through the list. you could lose your job in a trade war started by this man. you could lose your life in a hot war started by this man. you could lose your status as a woman started by this man. she's got to get through that he's the chaos agent, not the changemaker. >> let's remember in this journey we've had all oaf america over the last 18 months, lots of people like us sat --
maybe not me, but sat on a lot of panels and said, he's not going to get in, he's not going to get 40%, et cetera, et cetera, we don't want to fall into that trap tonight. >> and it's not just about reaching voters they haven't reached so far, it's able mobilizing voters. >> it's a dual purpose. you've got to stoke the base and expand the tent
and stoke the base in a way that doesn't alienate the new folks that you need to reach. by way of example, donald trump has got to be able to reach out to people of color more effectively than he's done thus far and keep those white men who don't have a college degree and are his core constituency still enthused. >> there are a lot of voters who are not staunchly in either camp. we saw "the washington post" yesterday, 18% of voters said they might change their mind based on tonight's debate. that's nearly one fifth of the people watching this. >> let me go to our wolf blitzer who's standing by. the debate is about to begin. >> and the debate is going to begin, jake, with the nationwide polls a dead heat, and the battleground state polls a dead heat. >> yeah, i mean, we can't
overstate how significant this debate is. hillary clinton, according to polls, has a slight lead, but what pollsters say, it's not so much where a number is, as where are they going. and donald trump -- >> and this is the biggest night of this campaign. it's been 18 months in the making. >> donald trump has the momentum right now, so this debate right now could allow hillary clinton to stop his momentum or it could allow donald trump to surpass her in some of those key battleground states. >> and wolf, it probably should go without saying, because we've been talking about it for so long, but it does bare repeating, as we go into this momentous night, first time we have a woman on this kind of debate stage. and of course, she's up against somebody who's never been a politician. >> lester holt will now introduce the candidates, as we get ready for history. >> good evening from hofstra university in hempstead, new york. i'm lester holt, anchor of "nbc nightly news." i want to welcome you to the first presidential debate. the participants tonight are
donald trump and hillary clinton. this debate is sponsored by the commission on presidential debates, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. the commission drafted tonight's format and the rules have been agreed to by the campaigns. the 90-minute debate is divided into six segments, each 15 minutes long. we'll explore three topic areas tonight, achieving prosperity, america's direction, and securing america. at the start of each segment, i will ask the same lead-off question to both candidates and they will each have up to two minutes to respond. from that point until the end of the segment, we'll have an open discussion. the questions are mine and have not been shared with the commission or the campaigns. the audience here in the room has agreed to remain silent so that we can focus on what the candidates are saying. i will invite you to applaud, however, at this moment, as we welcome the candidates. democratic nominee for president of the united states, hillary clinton and republican nominee for president of the united
states, donald j. trump. [ cheers and applause ] >> how are you, donald? >> good. >> good luck to you. >> thank you. >> well, i don't expect us to cover all the issues of this campaign tonight, but i remind everyone, there are two more presidential debates scheduled. we are going to focus on many of the issues that voters tell us are most important and we're going to press for specifics. i am honored to have this role, but this evening belongs to the candidates. and just as important to the american people. candidates, we look forward to hearing you articulate your policies and your positions, as well as your visions and your values. so, let's begin. we're calling this opening
segment "achieving prosperity." and central to that is jobs. there are two economic realities in america today. there's been a record six straight years of job growth and new census numbers show incomes have increased at a record rate after years of stagnation. however, income inequality remains significant and nearly half of americans are living paycheck to paycheck. beginning with you, secretary clinton, why are you a better choice than your opponent to create the kinds of jobs that will put more money into the pockets of american workers? >> well, thank you, lester, and thanks to hofstra for hosting us. the central question in this election is really, what kind of country we want to be and what kind of future we'll build together. today is my granddaughter's second birthday, so i think about this a lot. first, we have to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. that means we need new jobs, good jobs, with rising incomes.
i want us to invest in you. i want us to invest in your future. that means jobs in infrastructure, in advanced manufacturing, innovation and technology, clean renewable energy and small business, because most of the new jobs will come from small business. we also have to make the economy fairer. that starts with raising the national minimum wage and also guarantee, finally, equal pay for women's work. i also want to see more companies do profit sharing. if you help create the profits, you should be able to share in them, not just the executives at the top. and i want us to do more to support people who are struggling to balance family and work. i've heard from so many of you about the difficult choices you face and the stresses that you're under. so let's have paid family leave, earned sick days. let's be sure we have affordable child care and debt-free college. how are we going to do it? we're going to do it by having
the wealthy pay their fair share and close the corporate loopholes. finally we, tonight, are on the stage together, donald trump and i. donald, it's good to be with you. we're going to have a debate where we are talking about the important issues facing our country. you have to judge us, who can shoulder the immense, awesome responsibilities of the presidency. who can put into action the plans that will make your life better. i hope that i will be able to earn your vote on november 8th. >> secretary clinton, thank you. mr. trump, the same question to you. it's about putting money -- more money, into the pockets of american workers. you have to two minutes. >> thank you, lester. our jobs are fleeing the country. they're going to mexico, they're going to many other countries, you look at what china is doing to our country, in terms of making our product, they're devaluing their currency and there's nobody in our government
to fight them. and we have a very good fight, and we have a winning fight, because they're using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild china and many other countries are doing the same thing. so we're losing our good jobs, so many of them. when you look at what's happening in mexico, a friend of mine who builds plants said it's the eighth wonder of the world. they're building some of the biggest plants anywhere in the world, some of the most sophisticated, some of the best plants. with the united states, as he said, not so much. so ford is leaving. you see that. their small car division, leaving. thousands of jobs leaving michigan, leaving ohio, they're all leaving. and we can't allow it to happen anymore. as far as child care is concerned and so many other things, i think hillary and i agree on that. we probably disagree a little bit as to numbers and amounts and what we're going to do, but perhaps we'll be talking about that later. but we have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us.
we have to stop our companies from leaving the united states. and with it, firing all of their people. all you have to do is take a look at carrier air-conditioning in indianapolis. they left, fired 1,400 people. they're going to mexico. so many hundreds and hundreds of companies are doing this. we cannot let it happen. under my plan, i'll be reducing taxes tremendously from 35% to 15% for companies, small and big businesses. that's going to be a job creators like we haven't seen since ronald reagan. it's going to be a beautiful thing to watch. companies will come, they will build, they will expand, new companies will start, and i look very, very much forward to doing it. we have to renegotiate our trade deals and we have to stop these countries from stealing our companies and our jobs. >> secretary clinton, would you like to respond? >> well, i think that trade is an important issue. of course, we are 5% of the world's population.
we have to trade with the other 95%. and we need to have smart, fair trade deals. we also, though, need to have a tax system that rewards work and not just financial transactions. and the kind of plan that donald has put forth would be trickle-down economics all over again. in fact, it would be the most extreme version, the biggest tax cuts for the top percent of the people in this country than we've ever had. i call it trumped up trickle-down, because that's exactly what it would be. that is not how we grow the economy. we just have a different view about what's best for growing the economy. how we make investments that will actually produce jobs and rising incomes. i think we come at it from somewhat different perspectives. i understand that. you know, donald was very fortunate in his life and that's all to his benefit. he started his business with $14 million, borrowed from his
father, and he really believes that the more you help wealthy people, the better off we'll be and that everything will work out from there. i don't buy that. i have a different experience. my father was a small business man. he worked really hard. he printed drapery fabrics on long tables, where he pulled out those fabrics and he went down with a silkscreen and dumped the paint in and took the squeegee and kept going. so what i believe is, the more we can do for the middle class, the more we can invest in you, your education, your skills, your future, the better we will be off and the better we'll grow. that's the kind of economy i want us to see again. >> let me follow up with mr. trump, if you can. you've talked about creating 25 million jobs and you've promised to bring back millions of jobs for americans. how are you going to bring back the industries that have left this country for cheaper labor overseas? how, specifically, are you going to tell american manufacturers that you have to come back? >> well, for one thing, and before we start on that, my father gave me a very small loan
in 1975 and i built it into a company that's worth many, many billions of dollars, with some of the greatest assets in the world, and i say that only because that's the kind of thinking that our country needs. our country is in deep trouble. we don't know what we're doing when it comes to devaluations and all of these countries all over the world, especially china, they're the best, the best ever at it. what they're doing to us is a very, very sad thing. so we have to do that. we have to renegotiate our trade deals. and lester, they're taking our jobs, they're giving incentives, they're doing things that, frankly, we don't do. let me give you an example of mexico. they have a vat tax, we're on a different system. when we sell into mexico, there's a tax. when they sell in -- automatic, 16%, approximately. when they sell into us, there's no tax. it's a defective agreement. it's been defective for a long time, many years, but the politicians haven't done anything about it. now, in all fairness to secretary clinton, yes, is that
okay? good. i want you to be very happy. it's very important to me. but in all fairness to secretary clinton, when she started talking about this, it was really very recently. she's been doing this for 30 years. and why hasn't she made the agreements better? the nafta agreement is defective. just because of the tax and many other reasons, but just because of the tax -- >> let me interrupt just a moment. >> secretary clinton and others, politicians, should have been doing this for years, not right now, because of the fact that we've created a movement. they should doing this for years. what's happened to our jobs and our country and our economy, generally, is -- look, we owe $20 trillion. we cannot do it any longer, lester. >> back to the question, though. how do you bring back, specifically bring back jobs. american manufacturers, how do you make them bring the jobs back? >> the first thing you do is don't let the jobs leave. the companies are leaving. i could name, i mean, there are thousands of them. they're leaving and they're leaving in bigger numbers than
ever. and what you do is say, fine, you want to go to mexico or some other country, good luck. we wish you a lot of luck. but if you think you're going to make your air-conditioners or your cars or your cookies or whatever you make and bring them into our country without a tax, you're wrong. and once you say you're going to have to tax them coming in, and our politicians never do this, because they have special interests and the special interests want those companies to leave, because in many cases they own the companies. so what i'm saying is, we can stop them from leaving. we have to stop them from leaving. and that's a big, big factor. >> let me let secretary clinton get in here. >> well, let's stop for a second and remember where we were eight years ago. we had the worst financial crisis, the great recession, the worst since the 1930s. that was in large part because of tax policies that slashed taxes on the wealthy, failed to invest in the middle class, took their eyes off of wall street,
and created a perfect storm. in fact, donald
was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis. he said, back in 2006, gee, i hope it does collapse, because then i can go in and buy some and make some money. well, it did collapse. >> that's called business, by the way. >> 9 -- 9 million people -- 9 million people lost their jobs. 5 million people lost their homes. and $13 trillion in family wealth was wiped out. now, we have come back from that abyss. and it has not been easy. so we're now on the precipice of having a potentially much better economy, but the last thing we need to do is to go back to the policies that failed us in the first place. independent experts have looked at what i've proposed and looked at what donald's proposed and basically, they've said this. that if his tax plan, which would blow up the debt by over $5 trillion and would in some
instances disadvantage middle class families, compared to the wealthy, were to go into effect, we would lose 3.5 million jobs and maybe have another recession. they've looked at my plans and they've said, okay, if we can do this, and i intend to get it done, we will have 10 million more new jobs. because we will be making investments where we can grow the economy. take clean energy. some country is going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. donald thinks that climate change is a hoax, perpetrated by the chinese. i think it's real -- >> i did not. i did not. i do not say that. >> and i think it's important that we grip this and deal with it, both at home and abroad. and here's what we can do. we can deploy a half a billion mar solar panels. we can have enough clean energy to power every home. we can build a new modern electric grid. that's a lot of jobs. that's a lot of new economic activity. so i've tried to be very
at keeping our jobs. and we have to do a much better job at can giving companies incentives to build new companies or to expand. because they're not doing it. and all you have to do is look at michigan and look at ohio and look at all of these places where so many of their jobs and their companies are just leaving, they're gone. and hillary, i'll just ask you this. you've been doing this for 30 years. why are you just thinking about these solutions right now? for 30 years, you've been doing it, and now you're just starting to think of solutions -- >> well, actually -- >> excuse me. i will bring back jobs. you can't bring back jobs. >> well, actually, i have thought about this quite a bit. >> yeah, for 30 years. >> and i have -- well, not quite that long. i think my husband did a pretty good job in the 1990s. i think a lot about what worked and what can work again -- >> well, he approved nafta, which is the single worst
get new jobs and to get exports that help to create more new jobs. >> well, you haven't done it in 30 years or 26 years or whatever -- >> well, i've been a senator -- >> you haven't done it. >> and i have been a secretary of state -- >> excuse me, your husband signed nafta, which was one of the worst things that ever happened -- >> well, that's your opinion. >> -- in the manufacturing industry. >> that is your opinion. >> you go to new england, you go to ohio, pennsylvania, you go anywhere you want, secretary clinton, and you will see devastation where manufacturing is down 30, 40, sometimes 50%. nafta is the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainly ever signed in this country. and now you want to approve transpacific partnership. you were totally in favor of it. then you heard what i was saying, how bad it is, and you said, i can't win that debate. but you know that if you did win, you would approve that and that will be almost as bad as nafta. nothing will ever top nafta. >> well, that is just not accurate. i was against it once it was finally negotiable ednegotiable
terms were laid out. i wrote about it -- >> you called it gold standard of trade deals. you said it's the finest deal you've ever seen -- >> no. >> and then you heard what i said about it and all of a sudden you were against it. >> donald, i know you live in your own reality, but those are not the facts. the facts are, i said i hoped it would be a good deal, but when it was negotiated, which i was not responsible for, i concluded it wasn't. >> so is it president obama's fault? >> -- before -- >> is it president obama's fault? >> -- before you even announced. >> secretary, is it president obama's fault? because he's pushing it. >> there are different views for what's good for our country, our economy, and our leadership in the world. and i think it's important to look at what we need to do to get the economy going again. that's why i said, new jobs with rising incomes, investments, not in more tax cuts that would add $5 trillion to the debt -- >> but you have no plan.
>> education -- oh, but i do. >> secretary, you have no plan. >> i have written a book about it. it's called "stronger tomorrow." you can pick it up tomorrow at a bookstore or an airport near you. >> we're going to move -- >> because i see this, we need to have strong growth, fair growth, sustained growth. we also need to look at how we help families balance the responsibilities at home and the responsibilities at business. so we have a very robust set of plans. and people have looked at both of our plans, have concluded that mine would create 10 million jobs and yours would lose us 3 1/2 million jobs -- >> you are going to approve one of the biggest tax cuts in history. you are going to approve one of the biggest tax increases in history. you are going to drive business out. your regulations are a disaster and you're going to increase regulations all over the place. and by the way, my tax cut is the biggest since ronald reagan. i'm very proud of it. it will create tremendous numbers of new jobs. but regulations, you are going
to regulate these businesses out of existence. when i go around -- lester, i tell you this, i've been all over. and when i go around, despite the tax cut, the thing that business as a people like the most, is the fact that i'm cutting regulation. you have regulations on top of regulations and new companies cannot form and old companies are going out of business. and you want to increase the regulations and make them even worse. i'm going to cut regulations. but i'm going to cut taxes big league and you're going to raise taxes big league, end of story. >> let me get you to pause right there. >> but that can't be left to stand. >> please take 30 seconds. >> i kind of assumed there would be a lot of these charges and claims -- >> facts. >> so we have taken the home page of my website, hillaryclinton.com, and we've turn eed it into a fact checker.
so if you want to see in realtime what the facts are, please go and take a look. >> and take a look at mine, also. >> -- will not add a penny to the debt and your plans would add $5 trillion to the debt. what i have proposed would cut regulations and streamline them for small businesses. what i have proposed would be paid for by raising taxes on the wealthy, because they have made all the gains in the economy. and i think it's time that the wealthy and corporations paid their fair share to support this country. >> you just opened the next segment. >> can i just -- i think i should -- >> i'm going to -- >> -- you go to her website and take a look at her website. she's going to raise taxes $1.3 trillion -- >> mr. trump -- >> look at her website. it's no difference than this. she's telling us how to fight isis. just go to her website, she tells you thousahow to fight is her website. i don't think general douglas mcarthur would like that too much. >> well, at least i have a plan
to fight isis. >> no, no, you're telling the enemy everything you want to do. >> no, we're not. >> you're telling the enemy everything you want to do. no wonder you've been fighting isis your entire adult life. >> that's a -- go to the -- please, fact checkers, get to work. >> you are unpacking a lot here. and we're still on the issue of achieving prosperity. and i want to talk taxes. the fundamental difference between the two of you corresponds the wealthy. secretary clinton, you're talking about a tax increase for the wealthiest americans. i would like you to further defend that. and mr. trump, you're calling for tax cuts for the wealthy. i would like you to defend that. and this next two-minute answer goes to you, mr. trmp. >> i'm really calling for major jobs. because the wealthy are going create tremendous jobs. they're going to expand their companies and do a tremendous job. i'm getting rid of the carried interest provision. and if you really look, it's not a tax -- it's really not a great thing for the wealthy, it's a great thing for the middle class. it's a great thing for companies to expand. and when these people are going to put billions and billions of
dollars into companies and when they're going to bring $2.5 trillion back from overseas, where they can't bring the money back. because politicians like secretary clinton won't allow them to bring the money back, because the taxes are so onerous, and bureaucratic red tape, is so bad. so what they're doing is leaving our country, and they're, believe it or not, leaving because taxes are too high and lots of them have money outside of our country, and instead of bringing the money back and putting it to work, because they can't work out a deal, and everybody agrees it should brought back. instead of that, they're leaving our country to get their money, because they can't bring their money back into our country, because of bureaucratic red tape. because they can't get together. because we have a president that can't sit them around a table and get them to approve something. and here's the thing. republicans and democrats agree that this should be done. $2.5 trillion. i happen to think it's double that. it's probably $5 trillion that
we can't bring into our country, lester, and with a little leadership, you'd get it in here very quickly and it could be put to use on the inner cities and lots of other things and it would be beautiful. but we have no leadership. and honestly, that starts with secretary clinton. >> all right. you have two minutes on the same question, to defend tax increases on the wealthiest americans, secretary clinton. >> i have a feeling that by the end of this evening, i'm going to be blamed for everything that's ever happened -- >> why not. >> why not? yeah. why not? you know, just join the debate by saying more crazy things. now -- >> there's nothing crazy about not letting our companies bring their money back into their country. >> this is secretary clinton's two minutes, please. >> let's start the clock again, lester. we've looked at your tax proposals. i don't see changes in the corporate tax rates or the kinds of proposals you're referring to that would cause the
repatriation, bringing back of money that's stranded overseas. i happen to support that -- >> do you, really? >> i happen to support that, in a way that will actually work to our benefit. but when i look at what you have proposed, you have what is called now the trump loophole, because it would so advantage you and the business you do. you've proposed -- >> who gave it that name? the first -- >> mr. trump, this is secretary clinton's two minutes. >> -- a tax benefit for your family. and when you look at -- >> how much? how much? lester, how much? >> -- as i said, trumped up trickle-down. trickle-down did not work. it got us into the mess we were in in 2008 and '9. slashing taxes on the wealthy hasn't worked and a lot of really smart, wealthy people know that. and they are saying, hey, we need to do more to keep the contributions we should be making to rebuild the middle class.
i don't think top-down works in america. i think building the middle class, investing in the middle class, making college debt free so more young people can get their education. helping people refinance their debt from college at a lower rate. those are the kind of things that will really boost the economy. broad-based, inclusive growth is what we need in america. not more advantages for people at the very top. >> mr. trump -- >> typical politician. all talk, no action. sounds good, doesn't work. never going to happen. our country is suffering because people like secretary clinton have made such bad decisions in terms of our jobs and in terms of what's going on. now, look, we have the worst revival of an economy since the great depression. and believe me, we're in a bubble right now. and the only thing that looks good is the stock market, but if you raise interest rates even a
little bit, that's going to come crashing down. we are in a big, fat, ugly bubble. and we better be awfully careful. and we have a fed that's doing political things. this janet yellin of the fed. the fed is doing political by keeping the interest rates at this level. and believe me, the day obama goes off and he leaves and goes off to the golf course for the rest of his life to play golf, when they raise interest rates, you're going to see some very bad things happen, because the fed is not doing their job. the fed is being more political than secretary clinton. >> mr. trump, we're talking about the burden that americans have to pay, yet you have not released your tax returns. and the reason nominees have released their returns for decades is so that voters will know if their presidential president owes money to -- who he owes it to and any business conflicts. don't americans have a right to know if there's any conflicts of interest? >> i don't mind releasing. i'm under a routine audit, and
it will be released. as soon as the audit's finished, it will be released. but you will return more about donald trump by going down to the federal elections, where i filed a 104-page, essentially, financial statement of sorts, the forms that they have. it shows income -- in fact, the income, i just looked today, the income is filed at $694 million for this past year. $694 million. if you would have told me i would have made that 15 or 20 years ago, i would have been very surprised. but that's the kind of thinking that our country needs. when we have a country that's doing so badly that's being ripped off by every single country in the world, it's the kind of thinking that our country needs, because everybody -- lester, we have a trade deficit with all of the countries that we do business, of almost $800 billion a year. you know what that is? that means, who's negotiating these trade deals? we have people that are political hacks negotiating our trade deals. >> the irs says that an audit of
your taxes -- you're perfectly free to release your taxes during an audit. and so the question, does the public's right to know outweigh your personal -- >> well, i told you, i will release them as soon as the audit. look, i've been under audit for almost 15 years. i know a lot of wealthy people that have never been audited. i said, do you get audited? i get audited almost every year. and in a way, i should be complaining. i'm not even complaining. i don't mind it. it's almost become a way of life. i get audited by the irs, but other people don't. i will say this. we have a situation in this country has to be taken care of. i will release my tax returns against my lawyer's wishes when she releases her 33,000 e-mails that have been deleted. as soon as she releases them, i will release. i will release my tax returns and that's against -- my lawyers, they say, don't do it. i will tell you this. no -- in fact, watching shows,
they're reading the papers. almost every lawyer says, you don't release your returns until the audit is complete. when the audit is complete, i'll do it. but i would go against them if she releases her e-mails. >> so it's negotiable? >> it's not negotiable, no. let her release the e-mails. why did she delete 30,000 -- >> i'll let her ask that. but let me admonish the audience one more time. we did ask you to be silent, so that would be helpful for us. secretary clinton? >> i think you just saw another example of bait and switch here. for 40 years, everyone running for president has released their tax returns. you can go and see nearly, 39, 40 years of our tax returns, but everyone has done it. we know the irs has made clear, there is no prohibition on releasing it when you're under audit. so you've got to ask yourself, why won't he release his tax returns? and i think there may be a couple of reasons. first, maybe he's not as rich as he says he is. second, maybe he's not as charitable as he claims to be.
third, we don't know all of his business dealings, but we have been told through investigative reporting that he owes about $650 million to wall street and foreign banks. or maybe he doesn't want the american people, all of you watching tonight, to
know that he's paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years that anybody's ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license and they showed he didn't pay any federal income tax. >> that i cans me smart. >> so he's paid zero, that means zero for troops, zero for vets, zero for schools or health. and i think probably, he's not all that enthusiastic about having the rest of our country see what the real reasons are, because it must be something really important, even terrible, that he's trying to hide.
and the financial disclosure statements, they don't give you the tax rate. they don't give you all the details that tax returns would. and it just seems to me that this is something that the american people deserve to see. and i have no reason to believe that he's ever going to release his tax returns, because there's something he's hiding. and we'll guess. we'll keep guessing at what it might be that he's hiding, but i think the question is, were he ever to get near the white house, what would be those conflicts? who does he owe money to? well, he owes you the answers to that and he should provide them. >> he also -- he also raised the issue of your e-mails. do you want to respond to that? >> i do. you know, i made a mistake using a private e-mail -- >> that's for sure. >> and if i had to do it over again, i would, obviously, do it differently. but i'm not going to make any excuses. it was a mistake and i take responsibility for that. >> mr. trump?
>> that was more than a mistake. that was done purposely. okay, that was not a mistake. that was done purposely. when you have your staff taking the fifth amendment, taking the fifth, so they're not prosecuted, when you have the man that set up the illegal server taking the fifth, i think it's disgraceful. and believe me, this country thinks it's -- really thinks it's disgraceful also. as far as my tax returns, you don't learn that much from tax returns. that i can tell you. you learn a lot from financial disclosure. and you should go down and take a look at that. the other thing, i'm extremely underleveraged. the report that said $650 -- which, by the way, a lot of friends of mine that know my business say, boy, that's really not a lot of money. it's not a lot of money relative to what i had. the buildings that were in question, they said in the same report, which actually, it wasn't even a bad story, to be honest with you, but the buildings are worth $3.9 billion. and the $650 isn't even on that.
but it's not $650, it's much less than that. but i could give you a list of banks, if that could help you, i would give you a list of banks, these are very fine institutions, very fine banks. i could do that very quickly. i am very underleveraged, i have a great company, i have a tremendous income. and the reason i say that is not in a braggadocious way, but because it's about time this country had somebody running in it that has an idea about money. when we have $20 trillion in debt and our country's a mess, you know, it's one thing to have $20 trillion in debt and our roads are good and our bridges are good and everything's in great shape, our airports. our parairports are like from a third world country. you land at laguardia, land at l.a.x., you land at newark and you come in from dubai and qatar and you see these incredible -- you come in from china, you see these incredible airports and you land -- we've become a third world company. so the worst of all things has happened. we owe $20 trillion and we're a
mess. we haven't even started. and we've spent $6 trillion in the middle east, according to a report that i just saw. whether it's 6 or 5, but it looks like it's 6. $6 trillion in the middle east, we could have rebuilt our country twice. it's a really a shame. and it's politicians like secretary clinton that have caused this problem. our country has tremendous problems. we're a debtor nation, we're a serious debtor nation, and we have a country that needs new roads, new tunnels, new bridges, new airports, new schools, new hospitals. and we don't have the money, because it's been squandered on so many of your ideas. >> and maybe because you haven't paid any federal income tax for a lot of years. and the other thing i think would be important -- >> it would be squandered too, believe me. >> if your main claim to be president of the united states is your business, then i think we should talk about that. you know, your campaign manager
from someone who has taken their labor, taken the goods that they produced, and then refused to pay them? i can only say that i'm certainly relieved that my late father never did business with you. he provided a good middle class life for us, but the people he worked for, he expected the bargain to be kept on both sides. and when we talk about your business, you've taken business bankruptcy six times. there are a lot of great businesspeople that have never taken bankruptcy once. you call yourself the king of debt. you talk about leverage. you even at one time suggested that you would try to negotiate down the national debt of the united states. >> wrong. wrong. >> well, sometimes there's not a direct transfer of skills from business to government, but sometimes what happened in business would be really bad for government. >> let's let mr. trump -- >> yeah, i do think it's time.
>> we need to be very clear about that. >> look, it's all words, it's all sound bites. i built an unbelievable company. some of the greatest assets anywhere in the world, real estate assets anywhere in the world, beyond the united states, in europe, lots of different places. it's an unbelievable company. but on occasion, four times, we used certain laws that are there and when secretary clinton talks about people that didn't get paid, first of all, they did get paid a lot, but taken advantage of the laws of the nation. now, if you want to change the laws, you've been there a long time, change the laws. but i take advantage of the laws of the nation. because i'm running a company, my obligation right now is to do well for myself, my family, my employees, for my companies. and that's what i do. but what she doesn't say is that tens of thousands of peep that are unbelievably happy and that love me. i'll give you an example. we're just opening up on
pennsylvania avenue right next to the white house, so if i don't get there one way, i'm going to get to pennsylvania avenue another. but we're opening the old post office. under budget, ahead of schedule, saved tremendous money, i'm a year ahead of schedule and that's what this country should be doing. we build roads and they cost two to three times what they're supposed to cost. we buy products for our military and they come in at costs so far above what they're supposed to be, because we don't have people who know what they're doing. when we look at the budget, the budget is bad to a large extent because we have people that have no idea as to what to do and how to buy. the trump international is way under budget and way ahead of schedule. and we should be able to do that for our country. >> well, we're well behind schedule, so i want to move into our next segment.
we move into our next segment talking about america. those who say race relations are worse than they have been in decades, amplified by police shootings. race has been a big issue in this country and one of you will have to bridge a bitter gap. how do you heal the divide? secretary clinton, you get two minutes on this. >> well, you're right. race remains a significant challenge in our country. unfortunately, race still determines too much. often denser where people live determines what kind of education in their public schools they can get and yes, it determines how they're treated in the criminal justice system. we've just seen those two tragic examples in both tulsa and charlotte. and we've got to do several things at the same time. we have to restore trust between
communities and the police. we have to work to make sure that our police are using the best training, the best techniques, that they're well prepared to use force only when necessary. everyone should be respected by the law and everyone should respect the law. right now, that's not the case in a lot of our neighborhoods. so i have, ever since the first day of my campaign, called for criminal justice reform. i've laid out a platform that i think would begin to remedy some of the problems we have in the criminal justice system. but we also have to recognize, in addition to the challenges that we face with policing, there are so many good, brave police officers who equally want reform. so we have to bring communities together in order to begin working on that, as a mutual
goal. and we've got to get guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. the gun epidemic is the leading cause of death of young african-american men, more than the next nine causes put together. so we have to do two things, as i said. we have to store trust. we have to work with the police. we have to make sure they respect the communities and the communities respect them. and we have to tackle the plague of gun violence. >> when i look at what's going on in charlotte, a city i love and have investments. when i look at what's going on throughout various parts s of country, i can keep naming them
all day long, we need law and order in our country. and i just got today, as you know, the endorsement of the fraternal order of police, we just came in. we have endorsements from, i think, almost every police group, very -- i mean, a large percentage of them in the united states. we have a situation where we have our inner cities, african-americans, hispanics, are living in hell, because it's so dangerous. you walk down the street, you get shot. in chicago, they've had thousands of shootings, thousands, since january 1st. thousands of shootings. and i say, where is this? is this a war-torn country? what are we doing? and we have to stop the violence, we have to bring back law and order, in a place like chicago, where thousands of people have been killed. thousands, over the last number of years. in fact, almost 4,000 have been killed since barack obama became
president. over 4 -- almost 4,000 people in chicago have been killed. we have to bring back law and order. now, whether or not in a place like chicago, you do stop and frisk, which worked very well, mayor giuliani is here, it worked very well in new york. it brought the crime rate way down, but you take the gun away from criminals that shouldn't be having it. we have gangs roaming the street. and in many cases, they're illegally here, illegal immigrants. and they have guns. and they shoot people. and we have to be very strong. and we have to be very vigilant. we have to be -- we have to know what we're doing. right now, our police, in many cases, are afraid to do anything. we have to protect our inner cities, because african-american communities are being decimated by crime. >> your two minutes has expired, but i do want to follow up, stop and frisk was ruled unconstitutional in new york, because it largely singled out black and hispanic young men --
>> no, you're wrong. it went before a judge who was a very against police judge. it was taken away from her and our mayor, our new mayor, refused to go forward with the case. they would have won an appeal. if you look at it, throughout the country, there are many placines -- >> the argument is that it's a form of racial profiling. >> no, the argument is that we have to take the guns away from these people that have them and they are bad people that have them. these are felons, these are bad people that shouldn't be -- when you have 3,000 shootings in chicago, from january 1st, when you have 4,000 people killed in chicago by guns, from the beginning of the presidency of barack obama, his hometown, you have to have stop and frisk. you need more police, you need a better community, you know, relation. you don't have good community relations in chicago.
this at his rallies, and it's really unfor ttunate that he paints such a dire negative picture of black communities in our country. the vibrancy of the black church, the black businesses that employ so many people, the opportunities that so many families are working to provide for their kids. there's a lot that we should be proud of and we should be supporting and lifting up. but we do always have to make sure we keep people safe. there are the right ways of doing it, and then there are ways that are ineffective. stop and frisk was found to be unconstitutional. and in part because it was ineffective. it did not do what it needed to do. i believe in community policing, and in fact violent crime is one half of what it was in 1991. property crime is down 40%.
we just don't want to see it creep back up, we've had 25 years of very good cooperation. but there were some problems, some unintended consequences. too many young african-american and latino men ended up in jail for nonviolent offenses, and it's just a fact that if you're a young african-american man and you do the same thing as a young white man, you are more likely to be arrested, charged, convicted and incarcerated. we've got to address the systemic racism in our criminal justice system. we cannot just say law and order. we have to say -- we have to come forward with a plan that is going to divert people from the criminal justice system. deal with mandatory minimum sentences, which have put too many people away for too long,
for doing too little. i'm glad that we're ending private prisons in the federal system. i want to see them ended in the state system. you shouldn't have a profit motivation to fill prison cells with young americans. there are positive ways we can work on this. and i believe strongly that commence gun safety measures would assist us. right now, and this is something that donald has supported along with the gun lobby -- right now we have too many military style weapons on the streets, in a lot of places our police are outgunned. we need comprehensive background checks, and we need to keep guns out of the hands of those who will do harm. and we finally need to pass a prohibition on anyone who's on the terrorist watch list from being able to buy a gun in our country. if you're too dangerous to fly, you're too dangerous to buy a gun.
there are things we can do and we ought to do it in a bipartisan way. >> last week you said we have to do everything possible to improve policing to go right at implicit bias. do you believe police are implicitly biassed against black people? >> i think it's a problem for everyone, not just police. i think unfortunately, too many of us in our great country jump to conclusions about each other. therefore, i think we need all of us to be asking hard questions about why am i feeling this way. but when it comes to policing, since it can have fatal consequences. i have said in my first budget, we would put money into that budget to help us deal with implicit bias by retraining a lot of our police officers. i've met with a group of very distinguish distinguished police chiefs. mental health is one of the
biggest concerns, now police are having to handle a lot of difficult mental health problems on the street. they want support, they want more training, they want more assistance. and i think the federal government could be in a position where we would offer and provide that. >> i'd like to respond. >> please. >> first of all, i agree, and a lot of people even within my own party want to give certain rights to people on watch lists and no fly lists. i agree with you, when a person is on a watch list or a no fly list, i have the endorsement of the nra, which i'm very proud of. these are very very good people, they're protecting the second amendment. i think we have to look very strongly at no fly lists and watch lists, when people are on there, even if they shouldn't be on there, we'll help them, we'll help them legally, we'll help them get off. i do want to bring up the fact that you were the one that brought up the words super predator about young black youth. that's a term that i think was
a -- it's been horribly met as you know. i think you apologized for it. i think it was a terrible thing to say, when it comes to stop and frisk, you're talking about takes guns away. i'm talking about taking guns away from gangs and people that use them, i don't think -- i really don't think you disagree with me on this, if you want to know the truth. i think there's a political reason why you can't say, i really don't believe -- in new york city, stop and frisk, we had 2,200 murders and stop and frisk brought it down to 500 murders. it's hard to believe, 500 is supposed to be good. we went from 2,200 to 500, and it was continued on by mayor bloomberg. and it was terminated by the current mayor. stop and frisk had a tremendous impact on the safety of new york city. tremendous beyond belief. when you say it has no impact, it really did, it had a big impact. >> it's fair to say, if we're
going to talk about mayors, that under the current mayor, crime is continued to drop, including murders. >> you're wrong. >> no, i'm not. >> you're wrong. murders are up. >> new york has done an excellent job. i give credit across the board going back two mayors, two police chiefs, it has worked. and other communities need to come together to do what will work as well. look, one murder is too many. but it is important that we learn about what has been effective. and not go to things that sound good that really did not have the kind of impact that we would want. who disagrees with keeping neighborhoods safe? but let's also add, no one should disagree about respecting the rights of young men who live in those neighborhoods. we need to do a better job of working again with the
communities, faith communities, business communities as well as the police to try to zeal with this problem. >> this conversation is about race. mr. trump i have to ask you. -- >> i'd like to reresponded if i might. >> 20 seconds, ploo ez reresponded. then i have a follow-up. >> look, the african-american community has been let down by our politicians. they talk good around election time, like right now, and after the election, they said, see ya later, i'll see you in four years. the african-american community -- look, the community within the innercities has been so badly treated, they've been abused and used in order to get votes by democrat politicians, that's what it is. they've controlled these communities for up to 100 years. >> mr. trump -- >> unbroken. >> i will -- >> you look at the innercities, i just left detroit, i just left philadelphia. you've seen me, i've been all over the place. you decided to stay home and that's okay. i will tell you, i've been all
over, and i've met some of the greatest people i'll ever meet within these communities. and they are very very upset with what their politicians have told them. and what their politicians have done. >> mr. trump, i -- >> i think -- i think donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. and yes, i did. and you know what else i prepared for? i prepared to be president. and i think that's a good thing. [ applause ] >> mr. trump, for five years you perpetuated a false claim of the nation's first black president was not a natural born citizen. you questioned his lejs massey. in the last couple weeks, you acknowledged what most americans have accepted for years, the president was born in the united states. can you tell us what took you so long -- >> i'll tell you just simple to say, sydney blumenthal works for the campaign and close -- very close friend of secretary clinton. and her campaign manager, patty
doyle went to -- during the campaign, her campaign against president obama fought very hard, and you can go look it up and you can check it out. if you look at cnn this past week, patty doyle was on wolf blitzer saying that this happened, blumenthal sent mcclatchey to kenya to find out about it, they were pressing very hard. they failed to get the birth certificate. when i got involved i didn't fail, i got him to give the birth certificate. i'm satisfied with it. i want to get on to defeating isis, to creating jobs. i want to get on to having a strong boarder. i want to get on to things that are very important to me, and that are very important to the country. >> i will let you reresponded, it's important. i want to get the answer here. the birth certificate was
produced in 2011, you continued to tell the story and question the president's legitimacy in 2012, '13, '14 as recently as january. >> nobody was pressing it, nobody was caring much about it. i figured you'd ask the question tonight, of course. i was the one that got him to produce the birth certificate, and i think i did a good job. secretary clinton also fought it, i mean, you know -- now, everybody in mainstream is going to say, that's not true. look, it's true. sydney blumenthal sent a reporter -- you just have to take a look at cnn, the last week, the interview with your former campaign manager. and she was involved. but just like she can't bring back jobs she can't produce. >> i'm going to follow up -- i will let you respond to that. there's a lot here. we're talking about racial healing in this segment. what do you say to americans -- >> well, i say nothing, because i was able to get him to produce it.
he should have produced it a long time before. i say nothing. when you talk about healing, i think that i've developed very very good relationships, over the last little while with the african-american community. i think you can see that. and i feel like they really wanted me to come to that conclusion, and i think i did a great job and a great service not only for the country but even for the president in getting him to produce his birth certificate. >> secretary clinton? >> well, just listen to what you heard. and clearly as donald just admitted he knew he was going to stand on this debate stage, and lester holt was going to be asking us questions, he tried to put the whole racist birther lie to bed. but it can't be dismissed that easily. he has really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black
president was not an american citizen. there was absolutely no evidence for it, he persisted, he persisted year after year, because some of his supporters, people that he was trying to bring into his fold, apparently believed it or wanted to believe it. but remember. donald started his career back in 1973 being sued by the justice department for racial discrimination. because he would not rent apartments in one of his developments to african-americans and he made sure that the people who worked for him, understood that was the policy. he actually was sued twice by the justice department. so he has a long record of engaging in racist behavior. and the birther lie was a very hurtful one.
barack obama is a man of great dignity. and i could tell how much it bothered him and annoyed him is that this was being tauted and used against him. but i would like to remember what michelle obama said in her amazing speech at our democratic national convention. when they go low, we go high. and barack obama went high, despite donald trump's best efforts to bring him down. >> mr. trump you can respond and we'll merv on. >> i would love to respond. first of all, i got to watch in preparing for this, some of your doe baits against barack obama, you treated him with terrible disrespect, and i watched the way you talk now about how lovely everything is, and how wonderful you are -- it doesn't work that way. you were after him, you were trying to -- you even sent out or your campaign sent out pictures of him in a certain garb, very famous pictures, i don't think you can deny that. just last week, your campaign
manager said it was true. so when you tried to act holier than thou it really doesn't work. as far as the lawsuit, yes, when i was really young, i went into my father's company, we along with many many many other companies, throughout the country, it was a federal lawsuit, were sued. we settled the suit with zero -- no admission of guilt. it was very eeszdy to do. but they sued many people. i notice you bring that up a lot. and i also notice the nasty commercials you do on me in so many different ways which i don't do on you. maybe i'm trying to save the money. frankly, i look at that, and i say, isn't that amazing? i settled that lawsuit with no admission of guilt, but that was a lawsuit brought against many many real estate firms, it's one of those things. i'll go one step further. in palm beach, florida, tough community, a brilliant community, a wealthy community.
probably the wealthiest community there is in the world. i opened a club, and really got great credit for it, no discrimination against african-americans against muslims, against anybody. and it's a tremendously successful club. and i'm so glad i did it, and i have been given great credit for what i did. and i'm very very proud of it. and that's the way i feel. that is the true way i feel. >> our next segment is called securing america, we want to start with a 21st century war happening every day in this country. our institutions are under cyber attack, our secrets are being stolen. who's behind it and how do we fight it? secretary clinton, this answer goes to you. >> well, i think cyber security, cyber warfare will be one of the biggest challenges faces the next president it clearly we're facing at this point, two different kinds of adversaries,
there are the independent hacking groups that do it mostly for commercial reasons to try to steal information that they can use to make money, but increasingly, we are seeing cyber attacks coming from states, organs of states, the most troubling has been russia. there's no doubt now that russia has used cyber attacks against all kinds of organizations in our country, and i am deeply concerned about this. i know donald is very praise worthy of vladimir putin -- >> you're wrong. >> but putin is playing a tough, long game here. one of the things he's done is to let loose cyber attackers to hack into government files, to hack into personal files, hack into the democratic national committee. and we've recently learned that, you know, that this is one of
their preferred methods of trying to wreak havoc and collect information. we need to make it very clear whether it's russia, china, iran or anybody else. the united states has much greater capacity. and we are not going to sit idly by and permit state actors to go after our information. our private sector information or our public sector information. and we're going to have to make it clear that we don't want to use the kinds of tools that we have. we don't want to engage in a different kind of warfare. but we will defend the citizens of this country. and the russians need to understand that. i think they've been treating it as almost a probing, how far would we go, how much would we do, that's why i was so -- i was so shocked when donald publicly invited putin to hack into americans. that is just unacceptable. it's one of the reasons why 50
national security officials who served in republican administrations -- >> your two minutes have expired. >> -- have said that donald is unfit to be commander in chief. it's comments like that that really worry the people who understand the threats we face. >> mr. trump -- >> i want to say i was just endorsed and more are coming next week, it will be over 200 admirals and generals endorsed me to lead this country. that just happened and many more are coming. and i'm very proud of it. in addition, i was just endorsed by ice. they never endorsed anybody before. i was just endorsed by ice. i was endorsed by 16,500 border patrol agents. when secretary clinton talks about this, i mean, i'll take the admirals and i'll take the generals any day over the political hacks that i see that have led our country so
brilliantly over the last 10 years with their knowledge. look at the mess that we're in. look at the mess that we're in. as far as the cyber, i agree to parts of what secretary clinton said. we should be better than anybody else and perhaps we're not. i don't know if anyone knows it was russia that broke into the dnc. i don't know if it was, it could have been russia, it could be china, it could be someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds. what did we learn? bernie sanders was taken advantage of by your people, by debbie wasserman-schultz. look what happened to her. bernie sanders was taken advantage of. whether that was russia, china, another country, we don't know. the truth is, under president obama we lost control of things that we used to have control over.
we came in with the internet, we came up with the internet, and i think secretary clinton and myself would agree very much, when you look at what isis is doing with the internet, they're beating us at our own game. we have to get very very tough on cyber and cyber warfare, it is a huge problem. i have a son, he's 10 years old. he has computers, he's so good with these computers it's unbelievable. the security aspect of cyber is very very tough. and maybe it's hardly doable. but i will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing. that's true throughout our whole government at society. we have so many things that we have to do better, lester, and certainly cyber is one of them. >> secretary clinton? >> i think there are a number of issues that we should be addressing. i have put forth a plan to defeat isis. it does involve going after them online. i think we need to do much more
with our tech companies to prevent isis and their operatives to use the internet, to radicalize people in our country, europe and elsewhere. we also have to intensify our air strikes against isis, and eventually support our arab and kurdish partners to be able to actually take out isis and end their claim of being a califate. we're making progress, our military is assisting in iraq, and we're hoping that within the year we'll be able to push isis out of iraq, and then really squeeze them in syria. but we have to be cognizant of the fact that they've had foreign fighters coming to volunteer for them, foreign money, foreign weapons, we have to make this the top priority.
and i would also do everything possible to take out their leadership. i was involved in a number of efforts to take out al qaeda leadership when i was secretary of state, including, of course, taking out bin laden. i think we need to go after al baghdadi as well, make that one of our organizing principles. we have to defeat isis, and we have to do everything we can to disrupt their propaganda efforts online. >> you mention isis, we think of isis as over there, there are american citizens who have been inspired to commit acts of terror on american soil. the latest incident the bombings we saw in new york and new jersey. the knife attack at a mall in minnesota, in the last year, deadly attacks in san bernardino and orlando. tell us specifically how you would prevent home grown attacks by american citizens, mr. trump? >> first i have to say one thing, very important. secretary clinton is talking about taking out isis. we will take out isis.
well, president obama and secretary clinton created a vacuum the way they got out of iraq, because they got out -- they shouldn't have been in, but once they got in, the way they got out was a disaster. and isis was formed. so she talks about taking them out, she's been doing it a long time. she's been trying to take them out for a long time. they wouldn't have even been formed if they left some troops behind. like 10,000 or maybe something more than that. and then you won the have had them. or as i've been saying for a long time. and i think you'll agree, because i said it to you once, had we taken the oil and we should have taken the oil, isis would not have been able to form either, because the oil was their primary source of income. and now they have the oil all over the place, including the oil -- a lot of the oil in libya, which was another one of her disasters. >> secretary clinton. >> well, i hope the fact checkers are turning up the volume and really working hard. donald supported the invasion of
iraq. that is proved over and over again. he actually advocated for the actions we took in libya. and urged that gadhafi be taken out after actually doing some business with him one time. but the larger point, he says this constantly is, george w. bush made the agreement about when american troops would leave iraq, not barack obama. and the only way that american troops could have stayed in iraq is to get an agreement from the then iraqi government that would have protected our troops. and the iraqi government would not give that. but let's talk about the question you asked, lester. what do we do here in the united states. that's the most important part of this. how do we prevent attacks? how do we protect our people. and i think we've got to have an intelligent surge, where we are
looking for every scrap of information. i was so proud of law enforcement in new york, in minnesota, in new jersey. they responded so quickly, so professionally to the attacks that occurred by rahami. and they brought him down. and we may find out more information because he is still alive, which may prove to be an intelligence benefit. we've got to do everything we can to vacuum up intelligence from europe, from the middle east. that means we have to work more closely with our allies, that's something that donald has been very dismissive of. we're working with nato, the longest military alliance in the history of the world to really turn our attention to terrorism. we're working with our friends in the middle east, many of which as you know are muslim majority nations. donald has consistently insulted muslims abroad, muslims at home, when we need to be cooperating
with muslim nations and with the american muslim community. they're on the front lines, they can provide information to us that we might not get anywhere else. they need to have close working cooperation with law enforcement in these communities, not be alienated and pushed away as some of donald's rhetoric unfortunately has led to. >> mr. -- >> well, i have to respond. >> please, respond. >> the secretary said very strongly about working with -- we've been work willing with them for many years, and we have the greatest mess anyone's ever seen. you look at the middle east, it's a total mess, under your direction, to a large extent. but you look at the middle east, you started the iran deal, that's another beauty where you have a country that was ready to fall. they were doing so badly. they were choking on the sanctions, and now they're going to be -- actually, probably a major power at some point pretty soon the way they're going. when you look at nato, i was asked on a major show, what do you think of nato.
you have to understand i'm a business person. i did really well, but i have common sense. i haven't given lots of thought to nato, two things, the 28 countries of nato, many of them aren't paying their fair share. and that bothers me, we're defending them, they should be at least paying us what they're supposed to be paying by treaty, and contract. and number two, i said, very strongly, nato could be obsolete, because i was very strong on this, it was actually covered very accurately in the new york times, which is unusual for the new york times, i said, they do not focus on terror, and i was very strong. i said it numerous times, and about four months ago, i read on the front page of the wall street journal that nato is opening up a major terror division. i think that's great. i think we should get -- because we pay approximately 73% of the
money to protect other people. i said, they have to focus on terror also. they're going to do that, that was -- i'm sure i'm not going to get credit for it, it was largely because of what i was saying, and my criticism of nato. i think we have to get nato to go into the middle east with us, in addition to sur rounding nations and we have to knock the hel out of isis, and we have to do it fast. when isis formed in this vacuum created by barack obama and secretary clinton. and believe me, you are the ones that took out the troops. not only that, you named the date. they couldn't believe it, they sat back and said -- >> lester, we've covered this ground -- >> when they formed, this is something that never should have happened. it should have never happened. you're talking about taking out isis. but you were there, and you were secretary of state when it was a little infant. now, it's in over 30 countries, and you're going to stop them? i don't think so. >> mr. trump, a lot of these are
judgment questions, you had supported the war in iraq before the invasion. what makes your -- >> i did not support the war in iraq. that is a mainstream media nonsense put out by her because she frankly i think the best person in her campaign is mainstream media. >> my question -- >> would you like to hear. i was against the war -- wait a minute. i was against the war in iraq, just so you put it out. >> the record shows otherwise, but -- >> the record does not show -- the record shows that i am right. i did an interview with howard stern, very lightly, first time anyone's asked me that, i said, i don't know, who knows. essentially. i then did an interview with neil cavuto, we talked about the economy was so important. i spoke to sean hannity, everyone refuses to call sean hannity. and sean hannity said, and he called me the other day, and i spoke to him about it, he said,
you were totally against the war -- he was for the war. >> why is -- >> excuse me, that was before the war started. sean hannity said, very strongly, to me and other people. he's willing to say it, nobody wants to call him. i was against the war. he said, you used to have fights with me. because sean was in favor of the war. and i understand that side also, not very much, we should have never been there. but nobody called sean hannity. and then they did an article in a major magazine, shortly after the war started, i think in '04, but they did an article which had me totally against the war in iraq. and one of your compatriots said, you know, whether it was before or right after, trump was definitely -- because if you read this article, there's no doubt. but if somebody, and i'll ask the press, if somebody would call up sean hannity, this was before the war started, he and i used to have arguments about the war. i said, it's a terrible, and a stupid thing, it's going to destabilize the middle east, and that's exactly what it's done.
>> my reference was to what you said in 2002, and my question was -- >> you didn't hear what i said. >> why is your judgment different than mrs. clinton? >> i have much better judgment than she has. i also have a much better temperament than she does. she spent hundreds of millions of dollars on an advertising -- you know, they get mad southern avenue into a room, oh, temperament, let's go after. i think my strongest asset, maybe my far is my temperament, i have a winning temperament, i know how to win. she does not -- >> secretary clinton. >> wait -- the afflcio the other day, behind the blue screen, i don't know who you were talking to secretary clinton, but you were totally out of control. i said, there's a person where a temperament that's got a problem. >> secretary clinton. >> okay. let's talk about two important
issues that were briefly mentioned by donald. first nato. you know, nato as a military alliance has something called article v, and it says, an attack on one is an attack on all. you know the only time it's ever been invoked? after 9/11, when the 28 nations of nato said that they would go to afghanistan with us to fight terrorism. something that they still are doing by our side. with respect to iran, when i became secretary of state, iran was weeks away from having enough nuclear material to form a bomb. they had mastered the nuclear fuel cycle under the bush administration, they had built covert facilities, they had stocked them with centrifuges that were whirling away, and we had sanctioned them, i voted for every sanction against iran when i was in the senate, but it wasn't enough.
so i spent a year and a half putting together a coalition that included russia and china, to impose the toughest sanctions on iran. and we did drive them to the negotiating table, and my successor, john kerry, and president obama got a deal that put a lid on iran's nuclear program. without firing a single shot. that's diplomacy, that's coalition building, that's working with other nations. the other day i saw donald saying there were some iranian sailors on a ship in the waters off of iran, and they were taunting american sailors who were on a nearby ship, he said, you know, if they taunted our sailors, i'd blow them out of the water. and start another war. that's -- >> that would not -- >> that is not the right temperament to be commander in chief. to be taunted and the worst
part -- >> no, they were taunting us -- >> of what i heard donald say has been about nuclear weapons, he has said repeatedly, he didn't care if other nations got nuclear weapons, japan, south korea, even saudi arabia. it's been the policy of the united states, to do everything we could to reduce the proliferation of nuclear weapons. he even said, well, if there were a nuclear war in east asia, well, you know, that's fine. >> wrong. >> have a good time, folks. >> it's lies. >> and in fact, his cavalier attitude about nuclear weapons, is so deeply troubling. that is the number one threat we face in the world. and it becomes particularly threatening if terrorists ever get their hands on any nuclear material. a man who can be provoked by a tweet, should not have his fingers anywhere near the nuclear codes as far as i think anyone with any sense about this should be concerned.
>> that line's getting a little bit old. i must say. >> it's a good one, though, well describes the problem. >> it's not an accurate one. i want to give a lot of things, just to respond. i agree with her on one thing, the single greatest problem the world has is nuclear armament, nuclear weapons. not global warming, like you think and your president thinks. nuclear is the single greatest threat, just to go down the list, we defend japan, we defend germany, south korea, saudi arabia, we defend countries. they do not pay us, they should be paying us, because we are providing a tremendous service and losing a fortune, that's why we're losing -- we lose on everything. i say, who makes these -- we lose on everything. all i said, that it's very possible that is it they don't pay a fair share, this is not 40 years ago, where we can do what we're doing. we can't defend japan, a bow
heamage selling us cars by the millions -- >> we need to move on. >> it's very important. all i said was, they may have to defend themselves or they have to help us out. we're a country that owes $20 trillion. they have to help us out. as far as the nuclear is concerned, i agree. it is the single greatest threat that this country has. >> which leads to my next question as we enter our last segment. securing america. on nuclear weapons, president obama considered changing the nation's longstanding policy on first use, do you support the current policy in mr. trump you have two minutes on that. >> i have to say, for what second clinton was saying about nuclear with russia, she's very cavalier in the way she talks about various countries. russia has been expanding, they have a much newer capability than we do, we have not been updating from the new standpoint. i was looking the other night, i
saw b-5 #s, they're old enough that your father, your grandfather could be flying them. we are not keeping up with other countries. i would like everybody to end it, just get rid of it, i would certainly not do first strike. i think once the nuclear alternative happens, it's over. at the same time, we have to be prepared. i can't take anything off the table. you look at some of these countries, you look at north korea, we're doing nothing there. china, should solve that problem for us. china should go into north korea. china is totally powerful as it relates to north korea, and by the way, another one powerful is the worst deal i've ever seen negotiated that you started is the iran deal. iran is one of their biggest trading partners. iran has power over north korea. when they made that horrible deal with iran, they should have included the fact this they do something with respect to north korea. and they should have done something with respect to yemen and all these other places, and
when asked to secretary kerry, why didn't you do that, why didn't you add other things into the deal? one of the great giveaways of all time, including $400 million in cash, nobody's ever seen that before, that turned out to be wrong, it was actually $1.7 billion in cash, obviously i guess for the hostages, it certainly looks that way. you say to yourself, why didn't they make the right deal? this is one of the worst deals ever made by any country in history. they deal with iran, we'll lead to nuclear problems, all they have to do is sit back ten years, and they don't have to do too much. >> your time is expired. >> we met with netanyahu the other day, believe me he's not a happy camper. >> secretary clinton, you have two minutes. >> words matter when you run for president, and they really matter when you are president.
and i want to reassure our allies in japan and south korea and elsewhere, that we have mutual defense treaties and we will honor them. it is essential that america's word be good. and so i know that this campaign has caused some questioning and some worries on the part of many leaders across the globe. i've talked with a number of them. but i want to -- on behalf of myself, and i think on behalf of a majority of the american people say that our word is good. it's also important that we look at the entire global situation. there's no doubt that we have other problems with iran, but personally, i'd rather deal with the other problems having put that lid on their nuclear program than still to be facing that. and donald never tells you what he would do.