By Bronte Price, PoliticKING
Legendary journalist Bob Woodward spoke out against Trump on Morning Joe Wednesday, pressing the GOP candidate on how exactly he would force Mexico to pay for his border wall. Trump’s claim that he would get Mexico to pay for the wall is one of the controversial pillars to his candidacy, which continues to garner record crowds.
Just after Trump’s victories in Hawaii, Michigan, and Mississippi, the GOP candidate called into the MSNBC morning show to talk about his campaign platforms and his recent primary wins.
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Woodward began by asking, “I want to ask about the wall you’re going to get Mexico to build. We were talking about this earlier. A number of my colleagues say you haven’t answered the question how you’re going to do that and you know from business somebody can have a good idea but how are they going to do it? And can you give us some idea?”
Trump replied, “Sure, okay. First of all, Mexico is not going to build it, we’re going to build it.” He added that, “the reason they’re going to pay and the way they’ll pay is this: we have a trade deficit now with Mexico of $58 billion a year and the wall is going to cost $10 billion a year.”
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Woodward emphasized the flaws of Trump’s argument, responding, “But they’re a sovereign nation… how do you get a sovereign nation that says they don’t want to pay to pay?”
After Trump dodged the question, Woodward continued to press the issue. “I’m sorry to press on this, but how would you grab that money? If they say no, would you be willing to go to war to make sure we get the money to pay for this wall?” Woodward asked.
“Trust me, Bob,” Trump assured Woodward. “When I rejuvenate our military, Mexico won’t be playing with us with war, that I can tell you.”
Following the interview, cohost Joe Scarborough asked Woodward whether or not Trump had in sufficiently answered his questions. “He has not given an answer,” Woodward responded.
Woodward told Larry King about his discussion with president Obama and his view of the Republican party. You can watch the episode below:
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