Donald Trump Fox News Sunday Interview 12.12.16 Notes

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Dems putting out the Russia story

“I’m not sure they put it out. I think the Democrats are putting it out because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics in this country. And, frankly, I think they’re putting it out. It’s ridiculous.”

I don’t need to be told the same thing every day for eight years

“I don’t have to be told — you know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years. It could be eight years — but eight years. I don’t need that. But I do say if something should change, let us know. ”

Staying at the White House

“I’m going to live in the White House with my family. Baron is going to finish up school because he’s got just a couple months to go. So, it’s a little hard to take him out of school. And Melania will be back and forth for that first couple of months.”

Wants to have Kushner working with him

“I’d love to have Jared helping us on deals with other nations and see if we can do peace in the Middle East and other things. He’s very talented. He’s a very talented guy. So, we’re looking at that from a legal standpoint right now”

F-35 call out

” I want to make good deals for this country. I don’t need a $4.2 billion airplane to fly around in, O.K.? I don’t need that, especially when it’s totally out of control. You know, they’ve lost control of it. I let them know that I don’t want this. I just see things that’s — if you look at the F-35 program with the money, the hundreds of billions of dollars, and it’s out of control. And the people that are making these deals for the government, they should never be allowed to go to work for these companies.”

Need to speed up approval of things like EPA

“EPA, you can’t get things approved. People are waiting in line for 15 years before they get rejected, O.K.? That’s why people don’t want to invest in this country. I mean, you look at what’s going on — and you can look at a jobs report, but take a look at the real jobs report, which are the millions of people that gave up looking for work, and they’re not considered in that number that’s less than 5%. O.K.?”

We can’t let it take 10-15 years to permit to build stuff

“I do know this: other countries are eating our lunch. If you look at what China is doing, if you look at what — I could name country after country. You look at what’s happening in Mexico where our people — just our plants are being built. They don’t wait 10 years to get an approval to build a plant, O.K.? They build it, like, the following day or the following week. We can’t let all of these permits that take forever to get stop our jobs.”

Thoughts on Tillerson

“Well, in his case, he’s much more than a business executive. I mean, he’s a world-class player. He’s in charge of, I guess, the largest company in the world. He’s in charge of an oil company that’s pretty much double the size of his next nearest competitor. It’s been a company that’s been unbelievably managed. And to me, a great advantage is he knows many of the players. And he knows them well. He does massive deals in Russia. He does massive deals for the company, not for himself, but the company.”

We’re going to have to impose a major tax on companies that leave

“we’re going to have to impose a major tax on companies that leave, bill their product, and think they’re going to sell it right to our border, like we’re a bunch of —”

Reducing taxes and regulations are the nice ways of doing things and everyone loves those, but there will be taxes too

“I’m a big free trader. But it has to be fair. So, what’s happened is we have lost, over a period of years, short years, 70,000 factories in this country. Chris, 70,000. I always say to people, I think it’s a typo. How could it be so many? Seventy thousand factories. We’re being stripped of our workers. We’re being — I mean, we’re being stripped of our jobs, our good jobs are really good down, and we’ve got to stop it. And the only way you’re going to stop it, the nice way is, we’re reducing taxes very substantially for companies so they’re not going to have to leave because of taxes. We’ll be reducing regulations. Now those are the nice ways of doing it and everyone loves it and everyone’s happy. Businesses, way down. Also middle class, but way down, O.K., taxes and regulations. But when a company wants to move to Mexico or another company — or another country and they want to build a nice, beautiful factory and they want to sell their product through our border, no tax, and the people that all got fired, so we end up with unemployment and debt, and they end up with jobs and factories and all of the other things, not going to happen that way. And the way you stop it is by imposing a tax.”

If you move there’s a 35% tax. No one’s going to move.

“Now, I’ve come up with a number of 35%. There is no tax if you don’t leave. There is no tax at all. You know, people are saying, they don’t understand, really, what I’m doing. I read the Wall Street Journal the other day. Honestly, their editorial board doesn’t get it. I don’t think they understand business. I don’t think the Wall Street Journal editorial board — and I know some of them. They’re really nice. I don’t think they understand business. They don’t understand what I’m saying. There’s a 35% tax, but there is no tax if you don’t move. But if you move your plant or factory and you want to sell back into our country, you fire all your people, there are going to be consequences for that. There are going to be consequences. You know what’s going to happen?…Nobody’s going to move. They’re not going to move. They’re not going to leave. They’re going to stay here.”

The money I spent is peanuts compared to the money I wont make

“If I were going to do new deals right now, I am turning down billions of dollars of deals. I will tell you, running for President, the money I spent is peanuts compared to the money I won’t make. And that’s O.K. because this is so important. What I’m doing is so important. This is a calling. This is so — this is a movement. It’s not just me, it’s millions and millions of people. ”