Exclusive Interview: Trump sits down with Tucker Carlson in Japan


TALIBAN. WE ASKED THE PRESIDENT ABOUT ALL OF THOSE THINGS IN PART ONE OF OUR INTERVIEW. YOU MET WITH THE CHINESE PRESIDENT, ARE YOU CLOSER TO A TRADE DEAL?>>WE HAVE A VERY GOOD MEETING. HE WANTS TO MAKE A DEAL AND I WANT TO MAKE A DEAL. THE LARGEST DEAL EVER MADE OF ANY KIND NOT ONLY TRADE. HE WILL BUY A LOT OF FARM PRODUCTS WHILE WE NEGOTIATE AND I AM GOING TO NOT INCREASE TARIFFS WHICH I COULD DO. WE WILL PUT OUR TEAMS TOGETHER AND CONTINUE A GREAT NEGOTIATION. I THINK WE CAN DO SOMETHING THAT WILL BE HISTORIC. BUT WE WILL SEE. WE ARE GOING TO SEE. I AM IN NO RUSH. WE HAVE A SITUATION THAT WORKS VERY WELL FOR US AND I AM SURE HE IS HAPPY. THEY WILL BUY A LOT OF FARM PRODUCTS AND WE WON’T INCREASE TARIFFS AT THIS MOMENT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE NEGOTIATION. WE HAVE A VERY GOOD MEETING.>>Tucker: DO YOU THINK YOUR POLITICAL OPPONENTS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE ON YOUR SIDE?>>I THINK THEY ARE. I THINK THEY LIKE THE FACT THAT I CHARGED TARIFFS. CHINA HAS BEEN BEATING US BADLY FOR MANY YEARS. PRESIDENT OBAMA AND BIDEN DID NOTHING. I DON’T THINK I HAVE TO SAY THAT ANYMORE. IN FAIRNESS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA, NOBODY DID. IT WAS CRAZY. WE HAVE A DEFICIT OF 506-BILLION DOLLARS. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS AND YEARS. WE REBUILT CHINA AND THEY DID A GREAT JOB. I DON’T DISCREDIT THEM FOR WHAT HAPPENED. I DISCREDIT OUR PEOPLE WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING WHAT I AM DOING RIGHT NOW. IT’S NOT PLEASANT. OUR FARMERS HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLE. THEY ARE PATRIOTS. IT WILL PAY OFF BIG FOR THE FARMERS.>>Tucker: CAME CLOSE TO SENDING THE U.S. MILITARY TO STRIKE IRAN AND YOU PULLED BACK. SOME WANTED YOU TO STRIKE IRAN?>>AND A LOT OF PEOPLE GAVE ME A LOT OF CREDIT. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAID THAT WAS A GREAT PRESIDENTIAL MOMENT WHICH WAS SHOCKING TO HEAR. WE — THEY SHOT DOWN AN UNMANNED DRONE THEY SAID WAS OVER THEIR TERRITORY. IT WAS NOT. THEY HAD TO GIVE ME EVERYTHING I WANTED TO KNOW BY 7 O’CLOCK. THEY GAVE ME EVERYTHING BUT DIDN’T TELL ME HOW MANY PEOPLE WOULD DIE. I KNOW A LOT OF IRANIANS FROM NEW YORK CITY AND THEY ARE ALL GREAT PEOPLE. WE ARE ALL GREAT PEOPLE. I SAID HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL DIE? THEY SAID AT LEAST 150. THEY SHOT DOWN A DRONE AND WE WILL KILL 150 PEOPLE OR MANY MORE. YOU NEVER KNOW. NOBODY DOES IT BETTER THAN US. YOU DON’T KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL DIE. I SAID I DON’T LIKE IT. WE DIDN’T SEND THEM OUT. THAT WAS INCORRECT REPORTING. NO, I MADE THE FINAL DECISION NOT TO DO IT. I BUILT UP A LOT OF GREAT CAPITAL. IF SOMETHING SHOULD HAPPEN WE ARE IN A POSITION TO DO FAR WORSE BY NOT DOING IT. HOPEFULLY WE DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING. IRAN SINCE WE TERMINATED THAT HORRIBLE DEAL. IT WAS A TRULY HORRIBLE DEAL. AND YOU AND I ARE NOT SO DIFFERENT. WE WANT TO HAVE PEACE AND BUILD OUR ROADS. WE CAN’T HAVE IRAN HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS. YOU MAY EVEN AGREE ON THAT. YOUR SHOW IS GREAT. I WATCH IT A LOT. YOU CAN’T HAVE IRAN HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS OR CERTAIN OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS. IT’S TOO DEVASTATING. THEY ARE HAVING A LOT OF DIFFICULTY IN THEIR COUNTRY RIGHT NOW. HOPEFULLY AT SOME POINT THEY WILL COME BACK AND SAY WE HAVE TO MAKE A DEAL. WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.>>Tucker: TWO AMERICAN SERVICE MEN KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN THIS WEEK. HOW MUCH LONGER DO YOU THINK OUR TROOPS WILL STAY?>>I WANTED TO PULL THEM OUT. I PULLED A LOT OUT. WE WERE AT 16,000 AND WE ARE DOWN TO 9,000, WHICH A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T KNOW. IN SYRIA I PULLED MOST OF THEM OUT. AND WE DEFEATED THE CALIPHATE. THEIR LAND WE TOOK BACK 100%. BUT ISIS IS STRONG COLD CRAZY. THAT DOESN’T MEAN THEY WILL WALK INTO A STORE AND BLOW IT UP SO I NEVER SAY DEFEATED THEM. BUT THEY WERE DECIMATED. OTHER PEOPLE DID NOT DO WHAT I DID. THERE IS NO MILITARY LIKE OUR MILITARY IN THE WORLD. I DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO USE IT VERY OFTEN, BUT WE TOOK BACK THE CALIPHATE. WITH AFGHANISTAN, IT’S 19 YEARS. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THERE 19 YEARS. 19 YEARS THEY ARE BUILDING HOTELS — WE ARE. WE HAD A HOLIDAY INN THAT COST NUMBERS 10 TIMES WHAT IT SHOULD HAVE COST. BUILT A GAS STATION THAT COST 80-MILLION DOLLARS. MAYBE MORE. IF THEY REPORT 80 THAT MEANS MORE. WE HAD THE GREATEST FIGHTERS IN THE WORLD. BUT WHEN YOU ARE 19 YEARS, YOU ARE BECOMING LIKE A POLICE FORCE. WE HAVE PULLED IT BACK. WE ARE NEGOTIATING WITH VARIOUS PEOPLE. WE WANT TO GET OUT OF A LOT OF AREAS. WE SHOULD NOT BE THERE. WE ARE THE POLICEMEN FOR THE WHOLE WORLD. RUSSIA DOESN’T POLICE THE WORLD. THEY POLICE RUSSIA. CHINA DOESN’T HAVE TROOPS EVERYWHERE. THEY HAVE PEOPLE TAKING OUT MINERALS UNDERGROUND. IN AFGHANISTAN WE HAVE TROOPS IN A ROUGH COUNTRY AND A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY AND ON THE OTHER RIDGE CHINA IS THERE TAKING OUR MINERALS. NOW THEIR PEOPLE TEND TO BE SHOT AS THEY OPERATE THE MACHINES. IT’S NOT THE SAFEST PLACE. WE REDUCED THE FORCE IN AFGHANISTAN WHICH I DON’T TALK ABOUT VERY MUCH.>>Tucker: COULD YOU SEE GETTING OUT ENTIRELY?>>THE PROBLEM IS — I WOULD LIKE TO GET OUT. IT’S A LAB FOR TERRORISTS. I CALL AT THIS TIME HARVARD FOR TERRORISTS. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, THEY WERE TRAINED. THEY ATTACKED THE WRONG COUNTRY. THEY DIDN’T COME FROM IRAQ. THEY CAME FROM VARIOUS OTHER COUNTRIES. THEY ALL FORMED IN AFGHANISTAN. IT’S PROBABLY BECAUSE IT’S AT BASE OF SO MANY COUNTRIES AND IT’S ROUGH. MOUNTAINS AND A LOT OF GOOD HIDING PLACES. BUT I WOULD LEAVE VERY STRONG INTELLIGENCE THERE. YOU HAVE TO WATCH. IF YOU WERE IN MY POSITION AND A GREAT LOOKING CENTRAL CASTING, A GENERAL WALKS UP TO YOUR OFFICE AND I SAY WE ARE GETTING OUT. YES, SIR, WE WILL GET OUT. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS? SIR, I WOULD RATHER ATTACK THEM OVER THERE THAN IN OUR LAND. IT’S ALWAYS A VERY TOUGH DECISION WITH WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE WORLD STRAIGHT CENTER. YOU AND I FEEL SIMILAR. WHEN YOU HAVE MILITARY PEOPLE SAYING I WOULD RATHER ATTACK THEM OVER THERE THAN HAVE THEM HIT US OVER HERE AND FIGHT THEM ON OUR LAND, THAT’S SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT. WE WILL LEAVE VERY STRONG INTELLIGENCE, MORE THAN YOU CH. WE ASKED THE PRESIDENT ABOUT ALL OF THEM IN PART 2 OF OUR INTERVIEW. HERE IT IS. GOOGLE BY SOME MEASURES IS THE MOST POWERFUL COMPANY IN THE WORLD. THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO GET REELECTED. CAN YOU GET REELECTED IF GOOGLE IS AGAINST YOU?>>I HAVE HEARD THAT ABOUT GOOGLE, FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. I WANT THEM AGAINST ME.>>Tucker: THEY DIDN’T THINK YOU WOULD WIN?>>WELL, THEY FOUGHT ME HARD AND ARE FIGHTING ME HARD RIGHT NOW. I THINK THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO SHUT THEM OUT AND SO DO A LOT OF REPUBLICANS WANT TO SHUT THEM UP. IF YOU LOOK AT TWITTER, I HAVE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ON TWITTER. IT’S A VERY GOOD ARM FOR ME. IT’S GREAT SOCIAL MEDIA. BUT THEY DON’T TREAT ME RIGHT. I KNOW FOR A FACT, PEOPLE TRY TO FOLLOW ME AND IT’S VERY HARD. I HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT SAY, SIR, THEY MAKE IT HARD TO FOLLOW. WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS WRONG AND POSSIBLY ILLEGAL. A LOT OF THINGS ARE BEING LOOKED AT. GOOGLE IS VERY POWERFUL, BUT I WON. A POLL CAME OUT TODAY. I AM AT 55. AND YOU CAN ADD 10 TO WHATEVER POLL I GET. I NEVER GET GOOD PRESS. I USED TO GET GREAT PRESS. NOW BECAUSE OF WHAT I STAND FOR AND REPRESENT AND NOBODY HAS HAD 93%. I AM TALKING ABOUT STORIES THAT SHOULD BE GOOD AND THEY MAKE THEM BAD OR SHOULD BE GREAT AND THEY MAKE THEM NEUTRAL. LET I WON AND I WILL WIN AGAIN. WHEN THEY SAY IT’S THE MOST POWERFUL THEY MAY BE. FACEBOOK WAS AGAINST ME. THEY WERE ALL AGAINST ME. TWITTER WAS AGAINST ME. I DON’T THINK TWITTER WOULD BE THE SAME WITHOUT WHAT I DO ON TWITTER. BUT THEY JUST HAVE THIS CRAZY DISPOSITION. THE PHILOSOPHY. AND YET — THE DEMOCRATS ARE OPPOSED TOEM THIS. TO THEM.>>Tucker: WHAT THE TECH COMPANIES MAY BE ILLEGAL. IS THERE A ROLE FOR THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT?>>THERE COULD BE. I DON’T WANT TO SAY WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WANT US TO. PICK UP A NEWSPAPER AND READ IT OR WATCH FOX OR SOME OTHER NETWORK. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WANT US TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND AMAZON. AMAZON ALSO. A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT US TO TAKE ACTION.>>Tucker: ARE YOU GOING TO?>>I CAN’T SAY THAT, TUCKER.>>Tucker: YOU COME TO OSAKA AND TOKYO. THE CITIES ARE CLEAN. THERE IS NO GRAFFITI. NO ONE GOING TO THE BATHROOM ON THE STREETS. VERY DIFFERENT FROM OUR CITIES?>>SOME OF OUR CITIES.>>Tucker: NEW YORK CITY, SAN FRANCISCO AND LOS ANGELES THEY HAVE A MAJOR PROBLEM WITH FILTH.>>IT’S VERY SAD.>>Tucker: WHY IS THAT?>>IT’S A PHENOMENON THAT STARTED 2 YEARS AGO. IT’S DISGRACEFUL. I AM LOOKING AT IS VERY SERIOUSLY. WE ARE DOING OTHER THINGS AS YOU PROBABLY NOTICED. YOU CAN’T DO THAT. YOU CAN’T HAVE WHERE POLICE OFFICERS ARE GETTING SICK JUST BY WALKING THE BEAT. THEY ARE GETTING VERY SICK. PEOPLE ARE GETTING SICK. THE PEOPLE LIVING THERE ARE LIVING IN HELL. SOME OF THEM HAVE MENTAL PROBLEMS WHERE THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW THEY ARE LIVING THAT WAY. PERHAPS THEY LIKE LIVING THAT WAY. THEY CAN’T DO THAT. WE CAN’T RUIN OUR CITIES. YOU HAVE PEOPLE THAT WORK IN THOSE CITIES, THEY WORK IN OFFICE BUILDINGS. TO GET INTO THE BUILDING THEY HAVE TO WALK THROUGH A SCENE THAT NO ONE WOULD HAVE BELIEVED POSSIBLE. THIS IS THE LIBERAL ESTABLISHMENT. THIS IS WHAT I AM FIGHTING. I DON’T KNOW IF THEY ARE AFRAID OF VOTES. I DON’T KNOW IF THEY REALLY BELIEVE THAT THIS SHOULD BE TAKING PLACE. BUT IT’S A TERRIBLE THING THAT IS TAKING PLACE. WE MAY BE — I HAD A SITUATION WHEN I FIRST BECAME PRESIDENT. WE HAD CERTAIN AREAS OF WASHINGTON, D.C. WHERE THAT WAS STARTING TO HAPPEN. I ENDED IT VERY QUICKLY. YOU HAVE LEADERS OF THE WORLD COMING INTO TO SEAT UNITED STATES THEY CAN’T BE LOOKING AT THAT. — SEE. THEY CAN’T BE LOOKING AT SEQUENCE — SCENES LIKE LOS ANGELES AND SAN FRANCISCO. I OWN PROPERTY IN SAN FRANCISCO. IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. NOW AREAS THAT YOU USED TO THINK AS VERY SPECIAL, YOU LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON WITH SAN FRANCISCO, IT’S OFFICIAL. — TERRIBLE. WE MAY INTERCEDE AND DO SOMETHING TO GET THAT WHOLE THING CLEANED UP. IT’S INAPPROPRIATE. WE HAVE TO TAKE THE PEOPLE AND DO SOMETHING. WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING. WE ARE NOT VERY EQUIPPED AS A GOVERNMENT TO DO THAT KIND OF WORK. THAT’S NOT REALLY THE KIND OF WORK THAT THE GOVERNMENT PROBABLY SHOULD BE DOING. WE NEVER HAD THIS IN OUR LIVES BEFORE IN THIS COUNTRY. IT’S NOT ONLY THOSE FEW CITIES. AT THE SAME TIME MOST OF OUR CITIES ARE DOING GREAT. THESE ARE USUALLY SANCTUARY CITIES RUN BY LIBERAL PEOPLE AND THE STATES ARE RUN BY VERY LIBERAL PEOPLE. DO THESE GOVERNORS OR MAYORS, DO THEY REALLY THINK THIS IS A POSITIVE? DO THEY THINK IT’S OKAY? IT’S NOT. IT’S DESTROYING THEIR CITY. IT’S DESTROYING A WHOLE WAY OF

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