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  Happening Now  FOX News  October 3, 2016 8:01am-8:25am PDT

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it is called an an shouldn't -- ancient strength. >> principles of war. >> element of surprise. you can take a force not nearly as strong, but with element of surprise you can wipe out much more powerful force. i don't pretend to be admiral or general, every time i see president obama come up and say, ladies and gentlemen, we're sending 50 people to iraq. 50, that is bad in two-ways. number one, it is low number, the enemy is saying is that all? number two, when you think 50, those people now have a target on their back. they want to find those 50 people. and they look for those 50 people. when hillary clinton says no boots on the ground, now, whether you have boots on the ground or not you shouldn't say it. she said there will be no boots on the ground. she is very strong. 308 ticks, -- politics, sounds
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better to say no boots on the ground. by doing that she empowered the enemy, she powered enemy. i think she possibly means it, i'm not sure if she means it or not. she says no boots on the ground. she has taken a tremendous, i mean that is really giving strength to the enemy. , even if she felt that, she should never admit that you have to leave your options open. if you don't leave your options open, you're a fool. and i hated to hair her say that. [applause] >> to sum rise you are not sending a message about date an time but you're sending a message their days are numbered? >> their days are numbered very quickly. >> the third question is asked by rear admiral frank gallo. admiral gallo is retired naval
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aviator with 35 years of service. has hundreds of carrier landings. flew almost every fixed-wing aircraft in his time. commanded squadron, wing and fleet wing levels and chief of naval personnel command for the department of the navy. admiral gallo. [applause] >> mr. trump, i'm happy you haven't forgotten the admirals of course. >> i will never. >> i hope you will pardon -- >> i don't have the courage to do that. >> pardon the remnants of a brooklyn accent. the department of veterans affairs has a horrible record of taking care of veterans. as you recall there were lengthy lines at va hospitals, substandard medical care, and falsified medical records and accounting. leadership changes and new unrealistic laws have failed to correct the problems. the va is the most, probably the most ineffective bureaucracy in all of washington. and it is time for drastic
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action of the question is, with a near-daily revelations that the u.s. department of veterans affairs fails veterans in some form or another, what is your plan to reform and fix the system to insure veterans can have timely access and quality care for health care services? >> okay. so first of all i want to ask you one question, you have all those aircraft landings on the carriers, right? so can and other wise excellent pilot, a >> some just can't do this, what percentage of very good pilots cannot land on an aircraft carrier with training? >> any very good can land after training. >> after training. >> it's marvelous. >> i understand it's a special talent. >> atalent acquired if you start with the basics. that's very good. [laughter] >> that's very good. i've heard it's very, very
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tough. the veterans administration is a disaster at the va. it's a disaster. i have gone all over the country and met so many veterans and i have tremendous veterans support and i see what those people are going through, to see a doctor takes six to seven days and you finally get there and theoctor has gone on vacation. we have to change that whole system. it starts with management. we have to have a whole different set of protocols and we have to get people off the lines. people are dying, not only 22 suicides a day, when i first heard that, no, you mean a month, can you imagine a day 22 suicides a day. a lot of the suicide is people can't get to see doctors, a lot of it because the waits are so long. that's an administrative problem and by the way the va has great doctors.
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doctors are great when you can get to see them, in many cases. so we have a plan and it's been put out on my website and people love it. if you're going to have a wait of six days, five days, two days, one day, we are going to give our great veterans the right to go out, go across the street to a private hospital, whatever happens to be in that community without having to drive 400 miles to another hospital and we are going to give them the right to see the private doctor, perhaps private or public hospital get taken care of quickly, effectively and go about their business. we are going to pay the bill. that would reduce waiting times, all of the problems and may actually get the va to respond better to things, because, you know, there is a little competition, you would think. but it's not like we have a choice.
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we can't let what's happening now happen. people are killing themselves while they're waiting in line because they can't -- they know it's days and days before they can have -- what could be a simple procedure, a simple prescription, they have to wait so long and they end up -- they cant take it, they cant take it. we are going to establish a procedure where people can leave the line, go outside and the government is going to pay. by the way, a far less solution than other foolish solutions i've heard. the veterans love it, they love it. it's a far better solution than anything anybody has ever there. the doctors need to business and private hospitals and private hospitals need the business. they are sitting there waiting. we don't have a choice. we have to do that, okay, thank you. [applause]
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>> thank you, mr. trump. we are going to transition to another set of issues, one that has become hallmark of campaign, that is challenging the area of political correctness. colonel was officer and decorated combat veteran and he has our next question, colonel. >> sir. the u.s. military has been successful because of the warrior as part of dna, but under this administration that has been under attack, in some cases undermined by the fortunes of political correctness, the military has become institutional for social experiments and as a result the military is undergone a number of changes to regulations with regard to women in combat, transgender rights and other issues. none of these pc actions were combat effective or readiness driven. in fact, the opposite is happening, deployability, readiness and morale are all
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affected. so my question to you is, what would you do about the social engineer and political correctness that's been imposed upon our military? >> well, we are going to get away from political correctness and we are going to have to do that. [cheers and applause] >> like the whole concept of profiling, you know, i mentioned the profiling, profiling, well, profiling is, you know, in israel they're doing it and they're doing it well and we may have to do that and we may have to do other things but you're right, we have a politically correct military and is getting more and more politically correct every day and a lot of the great people in this room don't even understand how it's possible to do that. and that's through intelligence, not through ignorance, believe me, some of the things they're asking you to do and be politically correct about are ridiculous, i would leave many of the decisions to the
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generals, admirals and people at the top and we get -- the congressman just mention today me and i think it's true 100%, you have discussions with some top listed people who know it better than probably anybody but we get our military people to come back and make recommendations to me and i will follow those recommendations,i will follow them very strongly. [cheers and applause] >> mr. trump, the next question from colonel retired ron cruz. ron is a highly decorated army chaplain, deployed several times in combat areas in several different locations. he has personally witnessed the attacks on religious freedoms in the military. after 28 years of service, he now heads the chaplains alliance for military religious liberty. he works closely with the house
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and the senate armed services committees to protect these religious liberties. chaplain cruz. >> mr. trump -- [laughter] >> any relation to ted cruz? >> negative. and tom cruise? >> negative. >> okay, now you can take the question. [laughter] >> mr. trump, army chaplain who is also a ranger had potentially career ending reprimand for the crime of using scripture while mentoring a suicide prevention class. navy chaplain who is present today, was detached for calls and threatened separation for using biblical answers to questions during counseling sessions with sailors in his command. air force senior sergeant was relieved of duty when the lesbian commander tried and failed to force him to vocally voice his open support for her
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personal views on marriage. veteran and retired air force oscar rodríguez was forcefully removed from a friend's retirement ceremony because he intended to use the word god in that retirement ceremony. marines was convicted for fail to go remove scripture from personal work space. today commanders are prohibited from having bibles on their desk, are using scriptures while counseling troops. the obama administration has deliberately set out to take the christian religion out of the military, mr. trump, how will you in your administration combat these attacks on military religious freedom of expression? >> well, thank you, that's a great question and have we ever had a time like this?
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seriously, have -- has there ever been a thing like what's going on. the other day to add to your list i was watching one of the news programs and they had a high school football coach, they're going into battle -- >> he's here. >> oh, he's here. stand up. wow. they really went after you for saying a prayer. that is just -- i didn't know you would be here. wow. the world is changing, isn't it? so you're not allowed to pray before a football game? i thought it was horrible, horrible. so what did they do to you, what happened? sorry to take away from your question but it's an extension of your question? what did they do? >> they put me on suspension and gave me adverse right-up of how well i did my job. [inaudible] >> i always prayed after every game and they really slammed me
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on it and ended up just not renewing my contract and ultimately firing me. >> i think that is absolutely outrageous. i think it's outrageous. i think it's very sad and outrageous. okay. religious liberty, hey, it's about religious liberty and it has to be a melting of both. we are living in a time where there has to be a melding of both. it's unfair what they are doing in this country. one of the things that i'm doing and we have the johnson amendment, you know what that is? the lyndon johnson amendment passed an amendment because supposedly he was having a hard time with a church in houston with a pastor and passed an amendment, basically if you're a pastor, basically if you're a religious person you cannot get up and talk politics, you can't really -- prime example of it. do you know how strongly i feel about it. i had 50 pastors, ministers, priests, i had a couple of
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rabbis in a big conference in one of our buildings. out of curiosity why can't you do it? because we lose tax-exempt status. why is that? i started studying it and we had a meeting a month later and i said, we are going to get rid of the johnson amendment because they're stopping you and our great people from talking and tony and all the people, i mean, these are the people that we have to hear from and we want hear from them. you know my posing views but they are stopping you from speaking. they don't have to worry about tax-exempt status and things. it's very unfair and one of the things i will do very early in my administration so to get rid of the johnson amendment so that our great pastors and ministers, rabbis and everybody and priests and everybody can go and tell
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and can participate in the process. i looked at 50 people in the room, they're strong people, powerful people by personality and i said, they're really holding your voice back. you have powerful people, some were incredible speakers, just natural gift for speaking and i pointed down, way down on the street on fifth avenue, so those people walking along the street have more power than you do and i think that's very unfair. you should be able to speak and i think that will go a long way to addressing the problem that you had, but you have lost a lot of the -- it's amazing, the church and religious has lost tremendous power and positive power, this isn't negative power but the fact that they are essentially prohibited from speaking because of the tremendous problem they have. so one of the things i'm going to do and i have tremendous support with evangelicals and
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christians and everybody is we are going to get rid of the johnson amendment that is very, very unfair. okay. [applause] >> thank you, mr. trump. in relation to that last week the republican leadership introduced a measure that would, in fact, repeal the portion of the johnson amendment that prohibits speech by churches and nonprofits and that was in large part because of the visibility you've given to that issue and, in fact, insisting that it be in the gop platform. >> i'm very honored by that. they did it last week. that's the beginning of my process. >> let me speak to another -- >> that's the assumption if i win. you've wasted a lot of time and energy and money. >> well, yesterday speaking of the johnson, yesterday was freedom sunday and there were thousands of pastors across the nation, myself included that
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preach messages about the election and the importance of this election and the irs can be on standby and the churches and christians have the freedom to speech in this country about what is affecting this country. [applause] >> why is your sermon on the way, did they ask you for it? >> no, i want them to hear it. >> good. >> first off, my political statement secondly. >> good. but that is a terrible situation where they can say we don't like the way you're speaking about christianity, about god, we don't like what you just said and we are going to take your tax-exempt status and you know how important it is. it's very, it's a very sad thing. >> you have mentioned the generals and the admirals and i want to talk -- don't forget the sergeants. >> no, that's what i'm talking about. we want to get their advice also. coach kennedy, his story which
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was broken at fox news is a retired marines sergeant. [cheers and applause] and our final question, i do want to thank you for being generous with your time and having this conversation with these military warriors, i want to go back to something you spoke about earlier in relationship to the va but also about the well-being of our warriors. you know, a nation is judged by how it takes care of its warriors, those who have defended ideals and principles and willing to put themselves in harm's way. this is not in connected with the conversation we were just having because it is that christian ethic that even jesus talked about, greater love has no man and to lay life for his friends and many in this room have done so but have seen the friends make the ultimate sacrifice and that is a burden that they carry and it is a difficulty that they face and we should not require them to face
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that alone as a nation. and so our final question comes from staff, former special operations force recon marines, the toughest of the tough in the umc, deployed eight times to combat, suffered and fully recovered from depression and ptsd and he has been there and done that. he now heads the mighty oaks warrior program that serves active duty veterans and their families in the most -- in the most statistically successful such program of its kind in the country. staff sergeant roboshou. [applause] >> good morning, mr. trump. as you mentioned, there's a tragic suicide epidemic, while the military and va are working on the problem the efforts continue to fall short. there are a number of faith-based programs outside the
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dod and the va that are continuing to be successful in stopping suicide and divorce rates. spiritual fitness works in these type of problems, the government is not taking advantage of the programs and services, so my question for you, when you become president, will you support and fund more holistic approach to solve the problems and issues of veteran suicide, ptsd, tbi and other related military mental and behavioral issues and take steps to restore historic role of chaplains and importance of spiritual fitness and programs? >> yes, i would. look, we need that so badly and when you -- [applause] >> when you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over and you're strong and you can handle it but a lot of people can't handle it and they see horror stories, they see events
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that you couldn't see in a moe. nobody can believe it. we need mental health and medical and it's one of the things that is least addressed and one of the things -- one of the things that i hear most about when i go around and talk to veterans, so we are going to have a very robust, very, very robust level of performance having to do with mental health. we are losing so many great people that can be taken care of if they have proper care. you know, when you hear the 22 suicides a day, big part of your question, when you hear the 22 suicides a day, that should never be, that should never be. so we are going to be addressing that very strongly and the whole mental health issue is going to be a very important issue when i take over and the va is going to be fixed in so many ways but that's going to be one of the ways we are going to help and that in many respects the one thing we have to do because i think it's really been left
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behind. okay, thank you very much. [applause] >> can i just say one thing, tony? john: donald trump answering questions in virginia. one of the big issues promising to fix problems that have been so publicized plaguing the veterans administration. one thing he did not mention the new revelations about his taxes, revelations that have raise questions about transparency and business record. good morning to you, i'm john scott. jenna: hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. trump may have avoided paying federal income tax for up to 18 years by claiming a billion dollar loss in 1995. that's not illegal not to pay taxes but because no one has seen tax returns it's sparking debate politically but also over tax code. five weeks before election day,
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trump quickly to turn to tables, trump and surrogates arguing that the report is proof of the financial savviness, we are likely to hear much more of campaign in colorado later today that's where we fine alicia acuna. >> donald trump is discussing this report on twitter saying, quote, i know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and i am the only one who can fix them. #failing new york times. new york times recorder says she received the pages of the 1995 tax returns in the mail from an anonymous person, quote, the trump organization. according to article the paper hired tax experts to analyze documents to determine trump did anything illegal. trump or surrogates have not confirmed or denied report in the times. former city mayor giuliani and
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chris christie complemented. >> all we did was quote the law. you can use the law to offset income