Donald Trump is confident ahead of the Wisconsin primary, despite a rocky week that some pundits say is affecting the billionaire businessman's poll numbers.
Still, he said he's heartened by the "standing-room-only crowds" while also touting his recent endorsement from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
"We had thousands of people turned away," Trump said of his recent rally.
The Republican candidate has for the last week toured the state in hopes of generating enough interest to inch closer to the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination. His current delegate count stands at 736.
A landslide win in the state could keep that goal in reach. A loss could lead to a contested Republican convention -- because no candidate would hit that magic number.
Trump took a break from his stump schedule to sit down with Sharyl Attkisson, host of Sinclair Broadcast Group's "Full Measure," to talk about Wisconsin, foreign affairs, his clarified views on abortion laws, his tax plans and his outlook on the economy.
He also answered several viewer questions ranging from his stance on vaccination to the best advice he gave to his children.
Watch the video above for the interview in full.
Over the course of the interview, Trump repeatedly returned to the theme of not being an establishment candidate.
"I used to be. Nine months ago I was the king of the establishment," Trump said. "But once you run, you're not a member of the establishment. You're not asking for money. I'm self-funding my campaign and once you don't want money that's bad [for them], because they can't control you."
Trump on Foreign Affairs
This week, President Barack Obama criticized Trump's comments that ally countries, namely Japan and South Korea, should develop their own nuclear arsenals. The president went as far as saying Trump "didn't know much ... about the world generally."
Trump didn't take kindly to the president, who didn't identify the Republican front-runner by name.
"I've been very critical, because I happen to think he's incompetent as a president," Trump said. "I know more about nuclear than he will ever know."
The candidate then clarified his position that other countries need to be held more accountable for their own safety and security to not be an economic drain on the United States. His comments in full:
"We are right now the policemen of the world. We have $19 trillion in debt going to $21 trillion. What's going on in this country is crazy. We have a bubble. We're sitting on top of a bubble and yet we're giving military protection to Japan, and Germany, and Saudi Arabia and South Korea and many, many other countries. I could keep going. We are funding NATO to the tune where other countries, 28 counties, and many of them are laughing at us because they pay virtually nothing. We're disproportionate. The United Nations, we fund the United Nations a large percentage disproportionately. It's not fair. It's not right. We're like the lap dog for everybody. We're like the stupid people. We're being led by people that are incompetent. They don't know what they're doing."
He added Japan needed to "pay up," which he would "do nicely" when it came to protection from North Korea.
"If they don't do it, we have to be prepared to walk," he said. "We can't continue to spend billions and billions of dollars to defend countries that are taking advantage of us."
Trump's Clarified Abortion Comments
Attkisson pressed Trump on his abortion views after making the comment that women should be punished for getting abortions. He made the comment on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" and then spent the week clarifying and revising his stance.
"A lot of people said that my answer was a beautiful answer. You have no idea how many people," Trump said Sunday afternoon. "Now I'm thinking in terms of the torment and punishment that women will give themselves. They give themselves tremendous punishment."
Trump then turned his attention to Matthews.
"But the question was asked by, you know, a guy with not good ratings, in all fairness," Trump began. "I've actually always liked Chris [Matthews], but he has lousy ratings. I did the show as sort of a favor to him.
"I didn't know it was going to be such a crazy thing, what happened," Trump continued. "But it wasn't a very important show. Hasn't been. Won't be. But he asked me a question and he asked me hypothetically. He said hypothetically, if this should happen. And he mentioned the word illegal."
Trump's views on abortion remain hazy. First he said doctors should be punished for performing abortionsif the procedure were outlawed at the state or federal level. Then he said abortions laws should be left as they are.
He reiterated that Matthews had asked a hypothetical question.
Trump's response in full:
"Many people, in fact scholars, said that was an absolutely correct answer. Hard answer but correct.
I didn't even mean it that way. I meant it from the standpoint of the turmoil and the anger, really the hard time that women have with that situation. That's a very tough situation. I could've left that answer, but I really didn't want to because it maybe would've been misunderstood.
"So many people said that's the right answer, but I didn't want to leave that answer because I know the turmoil and the feeling that a woman would go through so I'm glad I changed it, but again, it was a hypothetical question."
Trump's Tax Plan and Economic Outlook
Trump's tax plan focuses on simplifying tax brackets to four divisions.
"We're the highest taxed nation in the world.
Our middle class has been totally destroyed. We have trillions of dollars out there that our countries can't bring back. What we're doing is cutting taxes so the middle class is going to pay a fraction of what they're paying right now.
We're simplifying. We're going to have four divisions instead of the seven or eight that they have now."
He promised that America would be a rich country again, under his leadership.
"Number one, we're cutting taxes. Number two, I'm going to have the best people in the world calling up and dealing with China, Japan, Vietnam, India, everybody. And we're going to make fair trade deals because we're losing with everybody," Trump said.
Trump on Vaccines and Viewer Questions
Trump fielded a number of viewer questions during "Full Measure's" Sunday sit-down. He was asked about his views on vaccinations, advice he gave to his children, advice he ignored from his children, mis-characterizations from the media and, simply, why he would make the best choice for president.
What's your position on freedom of choice regarding various vaccines that could be dangerous for some children and why is the mere discussion of making vaccines safe censored?
"It's the most unbelievable discussion I've ever been involved in. If you say anything about vaccines that is slightly like holding back the hate mail, the level of vitriol, it's incredible when you see it. First of all, I'm a big believer in vaccines. But there could something to the theory that these massive doses that are given to children have an impact on autism. There could be something to it. Now some people say no, some people say yes, I'd like to see studies. The bottom line is they have to get vaccinated. When I was going to school as a young guy, polio was a really big problem and vaccines knocked it out. So the vaccines are very important, but we have to study the vaccines and we have to be very, very careful with vaccines."
What's some of the most important advice you've given your kids?
"That's an easy question. No alcohol. No drugs. No cigarettes."
Is there advice you've been given sometime that you wish you would've taken that you didn't take?
"Well, Ivanka [my daughter] and my wife Melania will say 'now be presidential,' because sometimes I'll hit back very hard and it doesn't sound presidential. But my retort to that is, if I didn't, you know I started off with [17 Republican challengers] and we have two left. I have two left. And frankly, if I didn't hit hard I think you'd be interviewing probably somebody else."
What mis-characterizations has the media saddled you with?
"I think I'm a very nice person. I love people. I like to help people. And I think the media makes me look like a mean person. And I think I'm a nice person. I love people. I love to help people."
Why do you think you should be elected president?
"Because I can do the best job. I'm the only one that will make America great again. I know the other candidates. They'll never bring us to the promise land. They'll never make great trade deals. They'll never great with the military. They're controlled by special interests. I'm not. Again, I'm not taking money from anybody. If I don't win. I really see a lot of problems for the country. There's some many problems for the country that a politician, number one, can't solve, and number two, won't solve because they're bought off with campaign contributions."