Sharyl Attkisson: The-some of the analysts and some people who are experts, as well as some of the media, seem to go in to contortions to try not to say early on it was a possible terrorist event.
Donald Trump: That’s true. They want to go in and they just don’t wanna say that, because that offends some people, including our president. They don’t want to mention the term radical Islamic terrorism under any circumstance, including Hillary Clinton. I laughed this morning when I see her on television saying how she’s gonna do this and that. She’s been there for 30 years, she hasn’t done anything. I mean, she’s all talk and no action. But she was saying that she’s gonna this and she—I’m the one that’s been talking about this for a long time, as long as you’ve known me. And this is radical Islamic terrorism. It has to be dealt with sharply. It’s the only language that they’re gonna understand, and this problem that we have now is only going to get worse with weak leadership.
Sharyl Attkisson: On the economy, in a recent survey, a majority of business economists said that Hillary Clinton was the best choice for the economy. And libertarian Gary Johnson came in a distant second, and you came in third. Why do you think that is and how could you change their minds?
Donald Trump: Well, I think that the most respected economists are on my side, to be honest with you. I think that I’ve seen tremendous reviews of my tax plan, but they do know, you have to understand, they do know that I’m gonna stop these horrible trade deals. We’re gonna have trade, we’re gonna have free trade, but we’re gonna have real free trade, not free trade, which is a one-way highway out of our country for our jobs and our money. NAFTA is the worst trade deal ever signed in the history of the world, not only the country. You look at what it’s done to our states, and you look at what it’s done to, you know, our country, what it’s done to us. The jobs are gone, the money’s gone. I go upstate New York, I go to Pennsylvania, I go to Ohio, I go all over, especially for the primaries, I’ve never seen devastation like this. We’re like a third world country. Those factories were vibrant 30 years ago, and today they’re empty, they’re falling down, they’re collapsing from the rain and the snow. So, no, I think that we’ve had tremendous reviews. I mean, look, I’m gonna lower taxes, Hillary Clinton is going to raise taxes. I’m going to—that’s what I do, I have thousands and thousands of people that work for me and have, I’ve created tens of thousands of jobs. But a lot of people are concerned when I say that I’m gonna renegotiate our trade deal, Sharyl. And I understand that they’re concerned, but there’s nothing to be concerned about. We lose right now, we have a deficit, in terms of, of all of the trading we do with other countries. We have a trade deficit 800, almost, 800 billion dollars a year. We’re losing more than 400 billion dollars a year with China, in terms of a trade deficit. With Mexico, with Japan, I mean, what are we doing? What are we doing? I, I often say, who negotiates these deals? So, your establishment people are saying, Oh, gee, you know, let things be the way—I don’t think we can let them be the way they are, because our country is being devastated and our jobs are being taken.
Sharyl Attkisson: I want to hit on a couple of personal controversies for you. New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, who’s already suing you over Trump University, which he’s called a bait and switch fraud, now says he’s opened an inquiry to the Trump Foundation. Are you confident that the Trump foundation has followed all charitable rules and laws?
Donald Trump: Well, I hope so, I mean, my lawyers do it. We give away money, I don’t make anything, I take no salaries, I take no—any costs, I have zero costs, and a lot of money goes through the Trump Foundation into charities. Goes to charities, it doesn’t go to me, it goes to charities.
Sharyl Attkisson: I’ll point out that Mr. Schneiderman is a Hillary Clinton supporter and has apparently found nothing worthy of inquiry with the Clinton Foundation.
Donald Trump: With the hundreds of millions of dollars of things, isn’t it interesting, and he said he’s not even gonna look at it. But we—I think my people do a very good job with it.
Sharyl Attkisson: Nearly every major news organization has remarked during the Obama administration years, that this has been a record for obstruction and lack of transparency. But considering your rocky relationship with the press, do they have reason to be concerned that things will continue along that path or even get worse? Maybe reporters you don’t agree with could get banned, thing like that.
Donald Trump: Well, I think this, that the press has been very dishonest with me, to a large extent, not all of them, not you, by the way. But the press has been very, very dishonest and when I see it, I’m just amazed. At the same time, I will certainly be open to dealing with the press and reporters, but the level of—
Sharyl Attkisson: Do you see yourself banning, banning reporters from certain events and things like that?
Donald Trump: No, I don’t see that, but a lot of people have done it, and a lot of people, a lot of different businesses have done it. The press has been very, very dishonest. I mean, even recently when I said yesterday, the bombing, and she said, the bombing, and they criticized my use of the word bombing, but not hers and they cut it out, and, I mean, many other things, even over the last couple of days. So, the relationship with the press is—it’s not a question of good, all I want is honesty. And if there’s something wrong or something bad, I can handle that, but when you do something great, and they try to make it as negative as possible, constantly, it’s really not a fair situation.
Sharyl Attkisson: You and I first spoke about a year ago, when there was something like 16 other republicans in the race and you had a long haul. Going back to a year ago, did you really think you had a good chance at being here today?
Donald Trump: Well, I don’t think I would’ve been doing it if I didn’t. You know, my question is, is do you really think this was going to happen? And I guess the answer is, I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t, you know, I’m not looking to lose. And traditionally, I do well, and I win, and I, I, you know, I do a nice job. This has become a very big situation, it’s amazing. What’s happened is amazing. You see outside, you see the kind of crowds we have. And you just said something, you ought to show pictures of what’s outside, because it’s true, the press is an example. They never show the size of the crowd, ever. The only time they show it is, is a little bit of protest someplace within the crowd, then all of a sudden they show, and then people say, wow, what a big crowd that is. But I think the answer is, I would assume that I thought this was going to happen, because I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t.
Sharyl Attkisson: How has the past year changed you? From the time you started this race to where you are today, with all you’ve learned, the turns that you’ve taken, and the criticism that you’ve had, and the success that you’ve had.
Donald Trump: Well, I think it’s probably changed me, but I haven’t had a lot of time to think about it, because every day I’m campaigning, I’ll make three or four major speeches, sometimes in one day, where you have massive crowds and you know that, you see it. It’s been an amazing experience. What has been, is that the people of this country are incredible. They’re looking for hope, they’re looking for change, they’re looking for success, they’re looking for victory. We don’t win anymore, our country doesn’t win anymore. We don’t win our trade, we can’t beat ISIS, we don’t win with the military. We have the greatest people in the world in our military, but it’s depleted. We don’t take care of our vets, it looks like the Second Amendment’s in big trouble. Certain if I, if I don’t win, the Second Amendment is in big, big trouble. Healthcare is a disaster. We don’t win anymore, and I will tell you that I think the reason it’s caught on so much is, we’re gonna win again, we’re gonna start winning again. And people understand that and people see it.