With Democrats gathered for the party’s convention, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been busy promoting his position on foreign and domestic policies.
Covering a range of issues from the economy to climate change, Trump revealed some details of his presidential platform to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Tuesday.
Trump refuted the notion that President Obama inherited a bad economy and his actions saved the nation from a depression. “Our recovery has been a very weak recovery. It’s the weakest recovery in history,” he said, indicating that the president has not done enough to address joblessness and the loss of American jobs to foreign countries.
He reacted to remarks made by Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention regarding the federal minimum wage. Sanders’ comments about Trump’s statements on the minimum wage were a “total lie,” the GOP nominee said.
“He said that I wanted to go less than the minimum wage. This is a new one,” Trump said, adding that his plan would be to leave wages up to individual states.
“You let the states make the determination,” he said. As for the federal minimum wage, he said he would “leave it and raise it somewhat.” Pressed for a specific number, Trump replied “I would say 10.”
On the issue of climate change, O’Reilly asked if Trump had “ever called climate change a hoax.”
“Well, I might have,” Trump replied, recalling reports of scientists who had refuted climate change. “They’re saying man-made and I say it could have a minor impact but nothing to what they’re talking about.” He added that other countries that do not adhere to laws are putting the U.S. in an unfair economic position.
Trump clarified previous comments he had made about NATO, which he called “obsolete” because it did not address terrorism.
“The fact is, we are protecting so many countries that are not paying for the protection,” Trump said. “They’re not living up to their agreement,” and the U.S. should look at possibly removing them from the alliance.
Switching to the topic of the Democratic race, Trump called Bernie Sanders “a tired man” and “exhausted.”
“He wants to go home and he wants to go to bed,” he said. “For his legacy, he would have been better off playing it out.”
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