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Donald Trump thinks of himself as the “Lone Ranger,” and the Republican presidential front-runner will fire one of his silver bullets at the $19.2 trillion national debt.
“I am,” Trump said in a Washington Post interview published Saturday. “Because I understand life. And I understand how life works. I’m the Lone Ranger.”
The candidate also said the country is headed for a “very massive recession,” dismissing concerns that as the GOP front-runner, his comments might spook the financial markets.
While comparing himself to the masked vigilante, Trump did not reveal who will play the role of Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s loyal sidekick, but he did insist that he’ll rescue America from its $19.2 trillion national debt — in eight years.
Pointing to trade agreements, Trump said “renegotiating all of our deals” will spark economic growth and that this will help pay down the debt “over a period of eight years.”
“The power is trade. Our deals are so bad,” Trump told the Washington Post. “I would immediately start renegotiating our trade deals with Mexico, China, Japan and all of these countries that are just absolutely destroying us.”
The newspaper noted that most economists say paying off the debt in eight years is “highly impossible,” and that Trump risks a trade war, which could cripple the U.S. economy.
Trump acknowledged in the interview that he does “bring rage out,” but said he also brings “great unity out, ultimately.”
“I’ve had many occasions like this, where people have hated me more than any human being they’re ever met,” he said. “And after it’s all over, they end up being my friends. And I see that happening here.”
But the real estate tycoon believes “you have to break the egg initially.”
“I think the first thing I have to do is win,” Trump said. “Winning solves a lot of problems. And I have two people left.”
The two people being the last two GOP rivals standing, Ted Cruz and John Kasich.
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