Donald Trump: Thank you very much. It’s a great honor to be here thank you. Hello, Mark.
Unidentified Person: Why did you decide to come in your helicopter today? To give the kids...
Donald Trump: Well, it just is gonna be very exciting for the kids. And I know the kids are gonna go up. We have quite a few children gonna take rides today. So where are the children?
Unidentified Person: They’re off to the side here.
Donald Trump: Get them over here. That’s great.
Unidentified Person: Why is this so important to you?
Donald Trump: I love children, I love Iowa. Great place. I’ve really developed a relationship with it and it’s an amazing place. Yes, Mark?
Unidentified Person: Most of the candidates when they come to campaign here they go to small living rooms, they go to coffee houses. That’s been a big part of campaigning here more than helicopters. Do you plan to do that kind of campaigning?
Donald Trump: Well, I’ve been doing it. You know, I’ve been here many times as you know. And we have a great staff with the whole place. I mean, Chuck and everybody. So I’ve really been doing it, and actually the venues have gotten larger and larger because we’ve really gotten some tremendous crowds. We’re setting we’re doing record breaking crowds. And I'm so honored when I saw the recent polls with Iowa leading by a lot. But we have actually and we started with the smaller venues and we’ve gotten bigger and bigger. The crowds have gotten to be enormous actually.
Unidentified Person: Are you done doing small like(inaudible)?
Donald Trump: I would still do that if it was appropriate.
Unidentified Person: Trump, what do you want to say to the kids?
Donald Trump: I love my kids. Come here, kids. Does anybody want to take a ride? Looks nice, right? How many you taking at one time? Like six, seven, eight, something. We’ll go up, we’ll circle, we’ll come down. Who wants to go first? All right we’re gonna have some fun. Are your parents out there? Wave to your parents. They’re gonna have a great time. It’s a great experience.
Unidentified Person: Mr. Trump, you got jury duty coming up, right?
Donald Trump: I do. I have jury duty. Can you believe this? I look forward to it actually.
Unidentified Person: What do you expect is gonna happen? Do you think you’re gonna get...
Donald Trump: I have no expectation. I just hope they’re innocent whoever it is. I hope they’re innocent.
Unidentified Person: We were just at Hillary’s press conference. What do you say to her?
Donald Trump: Well, she’s got a lot of problems with the email situation. That’s a big problem. I mean if you look at General Petraeus he had just a tiny fraction of what she’s got going and they destroyed his life virtually. So I think she’s got some very big problems. I wish her luck, but I think she’s got some big problems.
Unidentified Person: Do you think she did anything illegally, Mr. Trump?
Donald Trump: Well, how are you?
Unidentified Person: Good to see you.
Donald Trump: Nice seeing you, Martha. It would look that way to me. I don’t know. I always say you’re innocent until proven guilty, but certainly it would look that way. It would look it looks very serious as far as Hillary is concerned. I hope that’s not what happens to her, but certainly the facts aren’t looking good for her right now. And if you look at General Petraeus what he went through on a much lesser level is I think it’s going to be very tough for her. Yes?
Unidentified Person: Did you ignore...
Unidentified Person: Mr. Trump, when you make it to the White House can you tell us under what circumstances you would use a nuclear weapon?
Donald Trump: Well, you won’t even I don’t even want to talk about that question. That’s a very serious question, and hopefully you would never have to use a nuclear weapon, hopefully. But we have to be prepared. Look, the world hates us. Probably never like this before and we have to build up our military, we have to take care of our vets, and we have to have the finest armament, we have to have the finest military and equipment anywhere in the world by a factor of 10. We have to be protected. We have to be so tough and so strong and so smart that nobody will ever mess with us.
Unidentified Person: Mr. Trump, what would you say to Hillary Clinton if you ran into her at the state fair?
Donald Trump: I would say hello.
Unidentified Person: That’s it?
Unidentified Person: Mr. Trump, (inaudible) you were.
Unidentified Person: What’s your biggest challenge going forward?
Donald Trump: Say it again?
Unidentified Person: What’s your biggest challenge going forward beyond in Iowa?
Donald Trump: Well, you know, we’ve done so well because people hear my message. We’re being ripped off by everybody in the world whether it’s China, Japan, Mexico both at the border and in trade. And in the case of Mexico, Mexico is sort of becoming the new China in terms of trade. So many companies just yesterday I read where Nabisco, Nabisco is moving to Mexico. I mean, give me a break. So we have to reverse that. We need jobs in our country. We don’t have to worry about other countries. We’re gonna take jobs back from China, Japan, we’re gonna make our country great again. And that to me is going to be the challenge. And we’re gonna do it, and it’s not going to be that difficult. I spoke with Carl Icahn, he’s a friend of mine he’s a great negotiator. He will help us. All of the best negotiators the best we have the best business people in the world in this country. They will all help us. And believe me when I get the right people negotiating with the right countries we will come out on top every single time. And that’s what we need. Thank you.
Unidentified Person: You talked yesterday about Jeb Bush, you talked about Jeb Bush yesterday being a puppet of all his donors raising 100 million dollars, how...
Donald Trump: Well, Jeb Bush is a puppet to his donors. There’s no question about it. He’s got lobbyists, I know them.
Unidentified Person: But how would...
Donald Trump: He’s got lobbyists and, you know, he made statements over the last couple of days that are incredible trying to justify the war in Iraq can’t be justified. And then he said skin in the game, I don’t know if you saw his recent statement. He said the United States has to prove to Iraq that we have skin in the game. We’ve spent two trillion dollars, thousands of lives lost, wounded warriors who I love all over the place. And he said we have to prove that we have skin in the game. I think it may be one of the dumbest statements I’ve ever heard. Skin in the game, we don’t have to prove anything. First of all, the Iraqi officials are a bunch of crooks, if they’re even is an Iraq which I don’t think there is.
Iran is taking over Iraq, it was one of the dumbest things ever. And I think what happened because I understand psychology I think his brother probably said hey you’re killing me, that was his war. And he looks very bad, so this so Jeb Bush tried to push back. But when he said we have to prove to Iraq that we have skin in the game and we’ve lost all of those lives and all of that money, I think he should apologize to the families of the people.
Unidentified Person: Can I just ask you though the second part of the question, your critique of him as being a puppet, you admit that you were essentially a puppeteer controlling...
Donald Trump: Oh, I was...
Unidentified Person: Trying to control.
Donald Trump: One of the greats.
Unidentified Person: So how is that different...
Donald Trump: But now I'm on the different side. I know how the system works better...
Unidentified Person: How is it different...
Donald Trump: Than anybody.
Unidentified Person: Why is what you did...
Donald Trump: Many of the people that gave to Jeb and to Hillary and to everybody else, they’re friends of mine or enemies of mine, but they’re people I know. These are not people that are doing it because they like the color of his hair, believe me. These are highly sophisticated killers. And when they give five million dollars or two million or a million to Jeb they have him just like a puppet. He’ll do whatever they want, he is their puppet.
Unidentified Person: But you participated in...
Donald Trump: Believe me, and with me I had yesterday a lobbyist call me up that’s a friend of mine, good guy, smart as hell. He’s for his client, I don’t blame him. He said Donald, I want to put five million dollars into your campaign. I said I don’t need it I don’t want it. He said no, no I want to put five million in, I said I don’t want it. Because when you come back to me in two years and you want help for a company that you’re representing or a country that you’re representing I'm gonna do the right thing for the people of the United States, and I don’t want to have to insult you.
So honestly, I appreciate it, I don’t want your five million dollars. I'm turning down so much money, but if he put it up I would feel obligated because I'm a loyal person just like Jeb Bush. Jeb Bush and all of them, I'm not just talking about Jeb Bush, Hillary too. Believe me, nobody played the game better than I did. I know the game from the other side, and that’s the way it works.
Unidentified Person: Doesn’t that make you a hypocrite, Mr. Trump?
Unidentified Person: Mr. Trump, are you qualified to be President in your view?
Donald Trump: Nobody else will do the job that I will do. I will bring back jobs, I will strengthen our military, I’ll take care of our vets, I’ll get rid of Obamacare which is by the way a catastrophe. Look at what’s happening with your, no look what’s happening. Look what’s happening the cost of your insurance has gone through the roof. Look what’s happening it’s terrible. I will take care of people, and I will be better to women. That’s another thing, I heard with Jeb women’s health issues. He didn’t want to fund. Then he goes back two, three hours later he said oh, he misspoke. He misspoke. I will be so great to women. I cherish women, and the women haven’t been taken care of properly. When I hear somebody like Jeb Bush talking about we’re not gonna fund then he comes back because you know, his pollster said you made a mistake, you have to go back and take it back. But he doesn’t mean it from the heart. Okay, another question.
Unidentified Person: How will you deal with Congress?
Unidentified Person: Mr. Trump, you said you’ll put out policy specifics within the next two weeks. A lot of...
Donald Trump: Well I just put out in fact, it will come out tomorrow on Meet the Press actually. I just put out a policy on immigration and it’s I think it’s very comprehensive.
Unidentified Person: Okay great. A lot of people are asking...
Donald Trump: So we’re starting we’re gonna be tax policy which I happen to be very good at, I mean, who knows the system better than me? I'm putting out a tax policy paper over the next two weeks. So we’re putting them out one by one. And I think that you will see...
Unidentified Person: Why the...
Donald Trump: That it’s gonna be very important. Yes?
Unidentified Person: A lot of voters are saying...
Donald Trump: And thank you for all your nice words by the way.
Unidentified Person: Yes. A lot of voters are saying that they really want to see your policies now. They’re very eager to see the sort of substance behind your remarks.
Donald Trump: Well, I think the press is more eager to see it than the voters to be honest.
Unidentified Person: Well, voters are...
Donald Trump: I think the voters I think the voters like me, they understand me, they know I'm gonna do the job. And, you know, when you put out policy like a 14 point plan a lot of times in the first hour of negotiation that 14 point plan goes astray, but you may end up with a better deal. That’s the way it works. That’s the way really life works. When I do a deal I don’t say oh, here’s 14 points. I go out and do it. I don’t sit down and talk about 14 points, but I know the press wants it. I don’t think the people care. I think they trust me. I think they know I'm gonna make good deals for them.
Unidentified Person: You don’t think they care what your policy...
Donald Trump: That’s what it’s all about.
Unidentified Person: Proposals are?
Unidentified Person: How are you gonna get Congress to pass your bill?
Donald Trump: I’ll get Congress. I’ve been getting politicians to pass whatever I wanted all my life.
Unidentified Person: But with donations.
Donald Trump: Nobody has more experience. You know, it’s sort of interesting. Nobody has more experience dealing with politicians than I, I’ve been dealing with them all my life. Whether it’s big New York City zoning deals, which by the way are probably tougher than most of the things I’ll be dealing with with foreign countries. I mean, I built a city on the west side of Manhattan. You talk about getting zoning, getting zoned for Trump Tower 68 stories on 57th and 5th. Let me tell you, I’ve been dealing with politicians all my life. They’re fine.
Unidentified Person: That’s more...
Donald Trump: They’re wonderful. They’re all talk they’re no action. They’re selling this country down the tubes and they’re easy to deal with, believe me.
Unidentified Person: Zoning laws in New York are more difficult...
Unidentified Person: Why do you think voters don’t care about policy? Why do you think voters...
Unidentified Person: Why aren’t you why aren’t you...
Unidentified Person: Don’t care about policy?
Unidentified Person: Why why aren’t you speaking at the Iowa Soapbox? Are you afraid to take questions about...
Donald Trump: No I don’t do that because that paper was in my opinion not relevant to me. Just not.
Unidentified Person: Why do you think voters don’t care about policy?
Donald Trump: Just not relevant. I but I and I noticed another of other people aren’t speaking there. No, the paper is not relevant.
Unidentified Person: Are you going to...
Unidentified Person: Mr. Trump, four years ago...
Unidentified Person: (inaudible)?
Donald Trump: Yes I'm taking questions right now. Yeah.
Unidentified Person: But are you going to take...
Donald Trump: Am I gonna take questions? She just asked Casey, she just asked am I gonna take questions from reporters. What am I doing?
Unidentified Person: Unidentified Female: No, I asked if you were gonna take...
Donald Trump: Am I taking questions from reporters?
Unidentified Person: From Iowa voters.
Donald Trump: They’ll tell you I'm taking questions. By the way, unlike Hillary, this is unlike Hillary. Do we agree? Okay go ahead, yes?
Unidentified Person: Mr. Trump, speaking of Hillary she said you were just in (inaudible).
Donald Trump: I hadn’t heard that.
Unidentified Person: Yeah.
Donald Trump: Oh, well I guess that’s a compliment in many ways. Okay.
Unidentified Person: Mr. Trump, this (inaudible) from Des Moines, Iowa, public school teacher. My concern is protecting the border and enforcing the laws that we already have.
Donald Trump: You are gonna love me in terms of immigration and illegal immigration.
Unidentified Person: That’s why...
Donald Trump: We’re building a wall, it’s gonna be a wall that is not nobody is going through my wall. Trump builds walls I build walls. We’re building a wall, it’s gonna be strong, it’s gonna be solid, it’s gonna be policed. You know, somebody said they can tunnel under. Well that’s true, but with X-ray equipment they can’t. All you have to do is fly a drone over it. They can see that immediately. So nobody can go under it, nobody is going over it. And you know what, we’re gonna have a big door for people to come in legally. We’re gonna have a big, beautiful door for people to come in legally. I want people to come into the country, but they have to come in legally. So you’ll be very happy with me. Okay?
Unidentified Person: Mr. Trump, what...
Donald Trump: Yeah?
Unidentified Person: Would a President Trump be the same as candidate Trump with foreign leaders? Can you imagine yourself...
Donald Trump: I think even better.
Unidentified Person: Telling (inaudible) to jump in a lake?
Donald Trump: I think even better, because foreign leaders I believe I’ll get along I’ve had great relationships over the years and you can see that. I’ve had great relationships with people over the years. I think even better. I'm doing well, I'm leading in every poll, the little ones, the big ones.
Unidentified Person: You would have...
Donald Trump: I'm leading so importantly to me I'm leading in Iowa. Because when people look at Scott Walker his state has a 2.2 billion dollar deficit. He thought, you know, he was telling people he’s his growth is terrible in terms of the state. And there’s tremendous dissention all over the state but they said they were gonna have a big surplus of a billion dollars. Well, the billion dollar surplus is a 2.2 billion dollar deficit. And nobody was willing to say it but me. And I didn’t want to say it. I would not have said it until he attacked me. Then I said thank you very much, then I said it.
Unidentified Person: I'm talking about dealing with foreign leaders. And the same...
Donald Trump: I’ll get along great with foreign leaders. I get along great with them right now. I'm all over the world. I'm building in China. I'm building all over the world. I get along great. I will have great why do you think they’re getting along good right now? Putin can’t stand Obama, nobody who who likes Obama? From I'm talking worldwide? He’s not getting along with anybody. And I’ve said it.
Hillary Clinton was the single worst Secretary of State in the history of this country. The world collapsed around us while she was Secretary of State. Now, in my opinion Kerry might be worse. Because he’s making a deal with Iran that is so bad and so dangerous and so incompetent and stupid that it will have grave consequences, grave consequences.
Unidentified Person: And what would you do on day one to stop the Iranians from getting the nuclear weapon?
Donald Trump: Well, you’re gonna have to be very it’s forceful action. Very, very forceful action.
Unidentified Person: Are you talking...
Donald Trump: You cannot let Iran, let me just tell you this. (Inaudible) and Israel, Israel was sold out by Kerry and Obama. You cannot let Iran have a nuclear weapon. You can’t have it. When they march down the street saying death to Israel, death to the United you can’t let it happen. It will not happen, believe me. It will not happen here.
Unidentified Person: Mr. Trump?
Donald Trump: Yes.
Unidentified Person: You’re self-funding your own campaign.
Unidentified Person: Unidentified Female: As a businessman, have you set a budget for this endeavor? How much...
Donald Trump: It’s irrelevant.
Unidentified Person: Are you going to spend on this?
Donald Trump: Well, you saw I make 400 million dollars a year so what difference does it make? What I want to do is I want to make the country great. That’s all I want to do. That’s much more important. My business has been so successful, my children and my executives will run that easily. I won’t even think about it, I won’t even care about it. My sole focus will be taking that brain that built a great business with some of the great assets of the world, I have some of the great assets Turnberry in Scotland, Dural in Miami. I have some of the greatest assets in the world. Best locations in Manhattan, Trump Tower 57th and 5th. That’s what I do. That whole whatever it is whatever kind of a brain that is will be used to making our country rich again, trade deals great trade deals, making our country rich and then making it great. We can’t make it great unless we make it rich. We have to bring back the money. We’re a debtor nation. We owe 19 trillion dollars. So my whole focus will be this country and making it great.
Unidentified Person: Are you prepared to spend a billion dollars on the election?
Donald Trump: How much?
Unidentified Person: A billion?
Donald Trump: I would do that yeah if I had to.
Unidentified Person: Mr. Trump, do you think that a woman who has been raped should be able to have an abortion?
Donald Trump: Yes I do.
Unidentified Person: And someone who has been...
Donald Trump: Yes I do. I have the exceptions, and I have been open about that.
Unidentified Person: Mr. Trump, what’s the biggest challenge your campaign faces going into the fall and the biggest mistake you’ve made? Have you made any mistakes so far?
Donald Trump: I don’t think I’ve made mistakes. I mean, every time somebody says I made a mistake they do the polls and my numbers go up. So I guess I haven’t made any mistakes. Look, when I said Mexico is sending I was talking about illegal immigration. The people understood it, even though the press didn’t want them to. My numbers went up. When I talked about John McCain I was saying how bad he’s treated the veterans, because the veterans are treated badly. Then they do a poll who do you like better to the veterans, John McCain or Trump, and I swamp him in the poll. The veterans like me better because they know I’ll take care of them. He hasn’t taken after 30 years he hasn’t taken care of them. And this last thing with Fox, I mean, I love Roger Ailes, but all you have to do is ask Roger Ailes who won. So I don’t think I you know I don’t think I’ve made any mistakes. I'm sure I will at some point, but so far you would have to say has it worked out badly, right? See, he’s a reported he doesn’t want to give me an answer, but that’s all right.
Unidentified Person: (Inaudible) CNN they ran a profile on your wife as the possible first lady. It they’re not doing that to any other candidate. Is your wife ready...
Donald Trump: That one I haven’t heard. Did you run a profile? He said.
Unidentified Person: They did. But is your wife...
Donald Trump: Okay. That won’t happen, she’s fantastic though.
Unidentified Person: What three things are you going to do differently for this country?
Donald Trump: I'm gonna do a lot of things. Almost everything.
Unidentified Person: Three things.
Donald Trump: You want to know?
Donald Trump: What things am I gonna do different for this country? Almost everything, because that’s what has to happen.
Unidentified Person: Good.
Donald Trump: Everything we do is wrong. The military we’re not taking care of the military. Not taking care of our vets, we’re not taking care of our country, we’re not taking care of our finances. We’re not taking care of our trade deal. When was the last time you saw this country have a victory? We don’t have victories. We don’t have victories against China in trade. China just devalued their currency. That’s the sucking sound. You know what that is? That means jobs and money coming out of our country. What they did with that devaluation, the biggest devaluation they’ve had in two decades. They’re killing us. They won’t be doing it when I'm watching. And I think our people have no idea what’s happening. And do you agree with me? Does everybody agree with me? They’re smart let’s give them a helicopter ride, okay? Right?
Unidentified Person: (Inaudible) the state fair?
Donald Trump: I don’t know. Let’s go see. Let’s get going who is going first?