Donald Trump Presidential Town Hall - May 10 2023
Date Uploaded: 05/16/2023
[Music] thank you good evening and welcome to New Hampshire the first UOB primary State we're live here at St anzone college for CNN's town hall with former president Donald Trump I'm Caitlin Collins Tonight president Trump is here as he embarks on a campaign unlike any other in the history of U.S presidential elections he's the first former president in more than a century to seek a return to the White House and he is currently leading the Republican field while also facing multiple criminal investigations and an indictment just yesterday he was found liable for sexual abuse and defamation no questions are off the table and we agreed to no conditions we're here to get voters the answers that they deserve our audience is made up of Republicans and Undeclared voters who plan to take part in New Hampshire's Republican primary they'll get the chance to question the former president directly these voters and the issues that they care about the most will help decide if for president Trump will get a second chance to take on President Joe Biden please welcome the front runner for the Republican nomination former president Donald Trump thank you thank you thank you for being here tonight thank you president Trump thank you for your time here tonight we got a great crowd here in New Hampshire a lot of Voters uh with a lot of questions about what your 2024 term would look like what another Trump term would look like we'll get to the voters shortly but your polls show that you are dominating the Republican race right now but you are also under active federal investigation for trying to overturn the 2020 election results your first term ended with a deadly riot at the Capitol and you still have not publicly acknowledged the 2020 election results why should Americans put you back in the White House because we did fantastically we got 12 million more votes that we had in as you know in 2016. I actually say we did far better in that election got the most uh that anybody's ever gotten as a city president of the United States uh I think that when you look at that result and when you look at what happened during that election unless you're a very stupid person you see what happens a lot of the people a lot of the people in this audience and probably a couple that don't but most people understand what happened that was a rigged election and it's a shame that we had to go through it it's very bad for our country all over the world they looked at it and they saw exactly what everyone else you look even if you just look recently with the 51 intelligence agents that made a 16 point difference if you look at the FBI president if you look at the FBI and uh Twitter they call it Twitter files made a big difference if you look at Mr President back to what you just said there is not a rigged election it was not a stolen an election you and your supporters lost more than 60 court cases on the election it's been nearly two and a half years can you publicly acknowledge that you did lose the 2020 election let me just go on if you look at true the vote they found millions of votes on camera on government cameras where they were stuffing ballot boxes so with all of that I think it's a shame that what happened I think it's a very sad thing for our country I think it's a very sad thing frankly for the world because if you look at what's gone to our country our country has gone to Hell our borders are bad our military has been bad you look at the taxes you look at inflation what's happened to inflation it's just destroying our country we've really become in many ways a third world country and it's very sad what's happened in this Administration and it's something that we'll turn around on day one we're energy independent now energy is at a level that we've never had to pay before we nobody can afford to continue to pay what's happening with energy but we were energy independent we were getting out of Afghanistan with strength and with dignity and instead we got out we looked like fools probably the most embarrassing moment in the history of our country we have a lot of questions about the economy and foreign policy tonight but what you just said there Republican officials debunked those claims about fraudulent ballots we want to give you a chance tonight who Republican officials in Georgia and every single state there is no your own election officials Mr President so we wanted to be afraid to take on the issue but we have a big problem in this country we have we wanted we have elections that were horrible if you look at what happened in Pennsylvania Philadelphia if you look at what happened in Detroit Michigan if you look at what happened in Atlanta millions of votes and all you have to do is take a look at government cameras you'll see them people going to 28 different voting booths to vote to put in seven ballots a piece stop you there because because there is no evidence that your own election officials testified to that and have said that Republicans in these states did this in Georgia there were multiple recounts including a hand recount we have questions about the claims that you're making tonight from voters on this topic I want to bring in Scott Dustin from Concord he works in Insurance litigation he's an Undeclared voter that's what they call Independence here and New Hampshire as you know he did vote for you in 2020. Scott what's your question for the president hi uh president trout welcome back to New Hampshire thank you uh will you suspend polarizing talk of election fraud during your run for president will I suspend excuse me what will you suspend polarizing talk of election fraud during your run for president yeah unless I see election fraud if I see election fraud I think I have an obligation to say it and you know what we went through a short while ago has really put our country in a big problem I hope to do that I hope we're going to have very honest elections we should have voter ID we should have one-day elections we should have paper ballots instead of these mail-in votes but the answer is yes and I hope that it's going to be very straight up because if it's going to be straight up we're going to win the election so you will suspend talk to his question about the 2020 election on the campaign I guess so we're going to just win to we're at a point now we're getting so close let's just win it again and straighten out our country one other question on this when you've talked about the 2020 election results in the past you once suggested terminating the com the Constitution do you stand by those comments I don't know you were able to do certain this I'm not talking about terminating the Constitution I'm talking about cherishing the Constitution the Constitution says it was supposed to have legal and well maintained and well looked at elections and we didn't have that I cherish our constitution but we have to live up to the Constitution we weren't living up to the Constitution I would just say there's no evidence of that election fraud you did once tweet you're supposed to say that but you know I'm glad you say that but look that was a horrible election that was a horrible election and unless somebody's very stupid and I know you very well you're not stupid at all uh but you perhaps are given an agenda or you have an agenda look we have to have honest elections in our country we have open borders we have you look at what's happening I mean we have elections we have open borders look at what's happening on our Southern border millions and millions of people are coming here they're being released from prisons they're being released from mental institutions and we have millions of people pouring into our country and now they're getting rid of title 42 which I put on which kept people out that were sick and Mr President we have a lot of questions about immigration to get to tonight obviously that's a big topic especially given what's expected to happen tomorrow but I want to talk about the influence you have over your voters it's very clear that you are very influential over them you have a lot of impact up into many of your rallies and seen it up close which raised a lot of questions about the influence that we saw that you had on them on January 6th and your supporters when they attacked the capital do you have any regrets about your actions on January 6th well you know uh January 6 was again we go back to it but January 6 had to do with the fact that hundreds of thousands of people and you don't see the pictures very often a lot of the people here probably were there January 6th it was the largest crowd I've ever spoken to that was prior to the walk down to the Capitol Building I don't think and I've spoken to hundreds of thousands of people I've never spoken to a crowd as large as this and that was because they thought the election was rigged and they were there proud they were there with love in their heart that was an unbelievable and it was a beautiful day and what I was asked to do I wasn't involved in it very much I was asked to come in would I make a speech I made a speech I said walk peacefully and patriotically you know many different things in fact I brought a list of things I don't want to bore the audience but we can go sentence after sentence after sentence of things I said and things I put out one of the big problems was that Nancy Pelosi crazy Nancy as I affect accidentally called crazy Nancy Pelosi and the mayor of Washington were in charge as you know of security and they did not do their job well I offered them National Guard I said we'll give you soldiers we'll give you National Guard we'll give you whatever you want and they turn me down and in fact she turned me down excuse me she turned me down in writing they turned me down but you're acting defense secretary Chris Miller at the time he says you never gave a formal order to to deploy the National Guard but when it changed that day just the opposite Heath Miller wrote a book and he's a fantastic guy and he was ready to go they turned him down if you look the mayor of Washington D.C lovely lady she said we don't know what we don't like the look Nancy Pelosi said oh we don't like the look if they would have had just I offered them ten thousand soldiers I said it could be ten it could be more but I offered them specifically ten thousand soldiers if they would have taken 500 soldiers you wouldn't have the problem they turned it down and if you look at the Inspector General report he says they turned it down they made a terrible mistake well Chris Miller was your acting defense secretary he says you never gave that order but back to what happened on that day you said you wouldn't say that he has testified that Mr President but you said you weren't very involved that day you did tell your supporters to come to Washington you tweeted about it about that speech that happened on the rally in my life when they went to the Capitol and they were breaking into the capitol smashing windows and drink police officers why did you why did it take you three hours to tell them to go home I don't believe it did oh let me pull it out so so if you look at on January 5th the day before I said please support our Capitol Police and law enforcement they are truly on the side of our country stay peaceful stay peaceful this was the day before and this was in the form of Twitter now use truth truth social I think it's far superior okay I hope everybody's like I hope everybody's on Truth uh if you look January 6th at 2 before 2 30. I am asking for everyone at the U.S Capitol to remain peaceful this is right after as it was happening but what happened is they took it down I don't know why I think they took it down because it was so good they didn't like it being up there I am asking this is and we didn't know until I got it back because now I have 90 million people waiting for me to go back but I'm on truth and I'm staying on Truth Listen I am asking for everyone at the U.S Capitol to remain peaceful no violation that we want no violation we want no violence remember we are the party of Law and Order respect the law and our great men and women in blue thank you that was a 230. that was very early Mr President I looked at the same timeline that you did you didn't report that you know why because it was we did report it was taken down or was it but when it was clear to you that they were not being peaceful you saw them rushing the capital breaking Windows they were hitting officers with flagpoles tasing them beating them up when it was clear they weren't being peaceful why did you wait three hours to tell them to leave the capitol they listen to you like no one else you know that they do I agree with that see Nancy Pelosi and the mayor are in charge I assume they were able to do their job they weren't the police if you remember I made a video right outside the Oval Office in the Rose Garden and I'm very proud of that video I didn't have a script I don't need scripts like a certain person that's in there the video not much later after they were today and it was a beautiful video and it said I mean I don't want to read at all but you have you have to go home now we have to have peace we have to have Law and Order we have to respect our great people of Law and Order we love the people of Law and Order we can't play into the hands of these other people we have to have peace please go home now I said that you know what they did they took that down and you know to this day it hasn't been put up and the reason is it's so good and so conclusive that all of this nonsense and all of the tens of millions of dollars that have been spent are just wiped away with this one and they've never put it back up they had another one that they did the same but that video that you referenced there it wasn't posted until 4 17 PM they breached the capitol at 2PM that video was posted yeah before actually a little bit before that right so that's my question because in that three hours excuse me it was posted after the first one I just read though and that was at two o'clock but I think the reason the timeline is so critical here because going back to your influence is another three hours over 140 officers were injured that day and a person named Ashley Babbitt was killed yes you know what she was killed and she shouldn't have been killed and that Thug that killed her there was no reason to shoot her at Blank Range cold Blank Range a shutter and she was a good person she was a patriot there was no reason there was no reason and he went on television to brag about the fact that he killed her that the officer was not bragging about the fact that he killed her but one person who was at the Capitol that day as you know was your vice president Mike Pence who says that you endangered his life on that day I don't think he was in any danger Mr President do you feel that you owe him an apology no because he did something wrong he should have put the votes back to the state legislatures and I think we would have had a different outcome I really did for me doesn't have the authority to do that as you know what the vice president does not have the authority to reject them because it's interesting let's keep it interesting right I like Mike Pence very much he's a very fine man he's a very nice man he made a mistake his lawyer said you cannot move I call them the human conveyor belt I said even if the votes you mean I talked to his law even if the votes are absolutely fraudulent he can't say yes sir he can't bet and the Democrats played it and the Rhinos played it and then the election was over they told them he couldn't do it and Mike said to me I can't do it the lawyers told me you can't do it they can't do it but the lawyers were wrong because right after the election they all met the rhinos and the Democrats and they worked out a plan to make sure that future vice presidents don't do what I said you could do that's not what happened you're referring to the Electoral account act I've read I've read that there is there is no Authority no legal experts including Republican legal experts say that he does not have that Authority Mr President but why did they change the law then saying that you can't do it they didn't change the law they strengthened the law because they were worried about it I mean you could do it thank you that's not what it means thank you Mike had the right to do it they uh convinced him he didn't and it was a horrible thing for our country if you would have sent those votes back to Georgia Pennsylvania and other states Wisconsin which if you look at Wisconsin they virtually admitted now that the election was rigged if they would have sent those votes back to many of those States they would not come back in the affirmative and remember what I said and you just said it pretty much you admitted what I said was right they said he didn't have the right to do it and he did have the right to do it and that's why they changed the law taking that right away I should note that your campaign paid for a recount that happened in Wisconsin it actually had more votes for President Biden by the end of it but I want to move on to Wayne Beyer he's a retired attorney from North Carolina so many illegal votes were cast in Wisconsin and if you look in Milwaukee Wisconsin they had so many legal illegal votes they didn't even know what to do with them you're absolutely right Mr President there weren't any fraudulent votes in Wisconsin I do want to get to the audience though we have questions for you from the audience a retired Wayne buyer is a retired attorney from North Conway he has previously served in Republican administrations he volunteered for the Republican Party in the 2022 midterms he voted for you in 2020. what's your question for the president Wayne thank you for coming Mr President thank you Wayne Mike my pres my question to you is will you pardon the January 6 rioters who were convicted of federal offenses I am inclined to Pardon many of them I can say for every single one because a couple of them probably they got out of control but you know when you look at antifa what they've done to Portland and if you look at antifa look at what they've done to Minneapolis and so many other so many other places look at what they did to Seattle and BLM BLM many people were killed these people I'm not trying to justify anything but you have two standards of Justice in this country and what they've done and I love that question because what they've done to so many people is nothing nothing and then what they've done to these people they've persecuted these people and yeah my my answer is I am most likely if I get in I will most likely I would say it will be a large portion of them you know they did a very and it'll be very early on and they're living in hell right now so when it comes to living in hell and they're policemen and their firemen and their soldiers and their carpenters and electricians and they're great people many of them are just great people Mr President one of the one of the convicted of attacking a police officer I should note but when you said you are considering pardoning a large portion of those charged with crimes on January 6. does that include the four proud boys members who are charged and convicted of seditious conspiracy I don't know I'd have to look at their case but I will say in Washington DC you cannot get a fair trial you cannot just like in New York City you can't get a fair trial speaking of New York I want to ask you about a significant verdict that was reached yesterday I know this is something you want to weigh in on as well a Manhattan jury found that you sexually abused the writer E Gene Carroll and defamed her you've denied this but what do you say to voters who say it disqualifies you from being president well there aren't too many of them because my poll numbers just came out they went up I think I think I'm I'm the only person in history who had a charge like that and the usually you leave office you say I'm sorry but I'm going to back home I'm back home to my family and everything I'm going to be reside my poll numbers went up and they went up with the other fake charge too because what's happening is they're doing this for election interference this woman I don't know her I never met her I have no idea who she is I had a picture taken years ago with her and her husband nice guy John Johnson he was a newscaster a very nice man she called him an ape happens to be African African-American called him an ape the judge wouldn't allow us to put that in her dog or her cat was named vagina the judge wouldn't allowed to put that in all of these things he but with her they can put in anything Access Hollywood jury of nine people who found you liable of sexual abuse do you think that that will deter women from voting for you no I don't think so because I think the whole thing just so you understand ready I never met this woman I never saw this woman this woman said I met her at the front door of Bergdorf Goodwin which I rarely go into other than for a couple of charities I met her in the front door she was about 60 years old and this is like 22 23 years ago I met her in the front door at Bergdorf Goodman I was immediately attracted to her she was immediately attracted to me and we had this great chemistry we're walking into a crowded department so we had this great chemistry and a few minutes later we end up in a a room a dressing room a burger of Goodman right near the cash register and then she found out they were locked in the door so she said I found one that was open she found one she learned this at trial she found one that was open what kind of a woman meets somebody and brings them up and within minutes you're playing hanky-panky in a dressing room okay I don't know if she was married then or not John Johnson I feel sorry for you John Mr President can I think of it I know you're recounting what she said but Mr President let me just if I could because you asked the question just so you understand if I was walking in because I was very famous then and I owned the Plaza Hotel right next door and I own buildings around it I'm not going into my dressing room of a crowded department store then I say if she was being raped and by the way they said she wasn't raped okay that was her judge she wasn't they found they did they found her what say what that they did they said he didn't rape her and I didn't do anything else either you know what because I have no idea who the hell she is ask you given your recounting and I tell you this but Mr President are you ready and I swear on my children which I never do I have no idea who this one this is a fake Story made up story we had a horrible Clinton appointed judge he was horrible he allowed her to put everything in he allowed us to put nothing in Mr President your version of events here right now to the audience you reference the trial you did not to the trial and actually testify do you wish that you had testified it wouldn't have made a difference this is a rig deal this was a my lawyer said sir you don't have to do it I actually said I think I should it would be respectful they said sir don't do it this is a fake story and you don't want to give it credibility one thing you did do in this [Applause] I have no no idea who the hell she's a wonderful job you you did not testify in person in this trial there was a tape deposition of you from October in it you defended the comments that you made on that excess Hollywood tape about being able to grab women how you want do you stand by those comments I said if you're famous and rich or whatever I said but I said of your star uh you are and I said women let you I didn't say you grip I said women let you know you didn't use that word but if you look women let you now they said will you take that back I said look for a million years this is the way it's been I want to be honest this is the way it's been I can take it back if you'd like to but if you're a famous person if you're a star and I'm not referring to myself I'm saying people that are famous people that are stars in the deposition people that are rich people that are powerful uh they tend to do pretty well in a lot of different ways okay and you would like me to take that back I can't take it back because it happens to be true I said it's been true for one million years approximately a million years perhaps a little bit longer than that so you stand by those columns I don't want to lie Mr President famous person tonight has no advantage over anywhere else well you do have an advantage and I say unfortunately but that's the way it is you said fortunately or unfortunately fortunately unfortunately for her questions to get to tonight I want to go back to the audience we've got Danielle Rieger she works as an oral surgery assistant she's a republican activist from dairy she's a New Hampshire Delegate for you in 2020. what's your question hi thank you so much for coming to New Hampshire to answer our questions my question is regarding the economy over the past two years we have seen the prices for everything Skyrocket from food to gas to utilities and insurance costs many people's bills are up several hundred dollars a month month including mine if elected president again what is the first thing you would do to help bring down the cost to make things more affordable drill baby drill feel about that so we were energy independent we were soon going to be energy dominant and nobody had ever done what I did we got oiled down to a dollar 87 actually it fell lower than that in some cases we had to save the oil companies the price was getting so we were doing incredibly we had the greatest economy in the history of our country probably the greatest economy in the history of the world we're energy independent soon to be energy dominant we were going to be bigger than Russia and Saudi Arabia put together times two we have more Liquid Gold under our feet than any other Nation any other nation and these stupid fools ended it and energy went from 1.87 and even lower for gasoline for a car they went from 1.87 to 5678 and even nine dollars and your electricity bills went through the roof your heating bills went through the roof and that's what started inflation and it hasn't stopped because people are paying now for bacon and for eggs and for the two and three times what it was just a little while ago we created the greatest economy in history a big part of that economy was I get got you the biggest tax cuts in the history of our country bigger than the Reagan Cuts bigger than anything I and also Caitlyn also as you know we got the biggest regulation and Regulatory Cuts we this place was rocking and then we were given a gift from China and China paid a big price and let me tell you something I took in hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes from China but prior to covet coming in and then I rebuilt the economy again a second time but we had prior to covet coming in as as from China from Wuhan which I said it came from Wuhan everybody said oh you're wrong about that you're wrong it came from Wuhan I said it right from day one so we had the greatest economy in the world here's the story they made energy so high and energy is all invasive it is massive as an industry and as a cost it lifted everything if you made donuts if you made no matter what you did and we had inflation the likes of which I guess we haven't had said for 52 years but I think more than that we had no inflation we had the lowest Energy prices we've had in decades this country was rocking and rolling and by the way we had the most secure Border in the history questions on the economy I want to make sure we get to all of those as you know the U.S right now could be just three weeks away from defaulting on its debt that could mean millions of jobs lost people not getting their Social Security payments people believe it would put the US economy into a recession um on that topic I want to bring in Marta surveya a student here at Saint Anselm she is an Undeclared voter who did not vote in 2020 Marta what's your question hi Mr President uh so my question is what do you think about the United States current debt situation and how can we move forward such an important question so we're at 33 trillion dollars a number that nobody ever thought possible when we had our economy rocking and rolling just prior to covet coming in like literally we were making a fortune and oil we were going to make so much money from Oil we're going to start paying off debt but then with covet coming in we had to do other things we had to keep this country alive because it was so serious but we have to get the country back we have to lower energy prices we have to lower interest rates interest rates are through the roof energy has to come down it all has to come down and we have to start paying off that but when we have a debt limit and they use that very seriously they came in Schumer came in with Nancy Pelosi and they were using a wheel violate it we'll do whatever they talked a whole lot different than they do right now I say to the Republicans out there Congressman Senators if they don't give you massive cuts you're going to have to do a default and I don't believe they're going to do it before because I think the Democrats will absolutely cave because you don't want to have that happen but it's better than what we're doing right now because we're spending money like drunken Sailors so just to be clear Mr President you think the U.S should default if the white house does not agree to the spending cuts Republicans we might as well do it now because you'll do it later because we have to save this country our country is dying our country is being destroyed by stupid people by very stupid people you once said that using the the using the debt ceiling as a negotiating wedge just could not happen you you said that when you were in the philosophical so why is it different now that you're out of office because now I'm not president the U.S defaulting would be massively you don't know for everyone in this room for all of them you don't know it's psychological it's really psychological more than anything else and it could be very bad it could be maybe nothing maybe it's a you have a bad week or a bad day but look you have to cut your costs we're spending seven trillion dollars on much of it on nonsense seven trillion dollars on nonsense get all of that money that was wasted and frankly the Senate should have never approved it get all that money that was wasted and if they don't get rid of that you'll have to default okay Mr President we've got another voter here by the way you're going to default eventually anyway but it's going to be much Messier I don't think you'll have to default I think if the Republicans hold strong and they say we want five let's say we won five trillion dollars off I really think the Democrats have no choice but to do it and if I win they're going to be doing the same thing to me in two years I guarantee you that Mr President and they did that before Bobby petrino's been waiting very patiently he's a student at Saint Anselm he's a member of college Republicans he's an Undeclared voter right now he supported you in 2020. Bobby what's your question for president Trump hi thank you for coming uh this is a bit of a pivot but uh with gun violence and mass shootings in the news cycle recently I'm worried that state governments and the federal government are going to ask to repress gun rights under your Administration you uh instructed the Department of Justice and the ATF to ban bump stocks if elected president again how would you ask not only to defend our Second Amendment rights but to restore rights that have been taken from us um such as by example recently the atf's ruling on the pistol stabilizing braces yeah as you know the bump socks are actually a very unimportant thing and NRA I went with them and they said it doesn't mean anything or actually all they do is teach you how to shoot very inaccurately so we did that there's been nobody that's protected the Second Amendment as you know like I have I protected it through thick and thin not easy to do but we have a very big mental health problem in this country and again it's not the gun that pulls the trigger it's the person that pulls the trigger and we have to protect when you were in office this year there have already been more than 200 mass shootings in 2023 if you are re-elected are there any new gun restrictions that you would sign into law I would do uh numerous things for instance schools we would Harden very very much hardened and I also am a very believer I believe in teachers I love teachers I think they're incredible and they love the children not quite like the parents but they love the children in many cases almost as much many of these teachers are soldiers ex-soldiers ex-policemen they're people that really understand weapons and you don't need five percent of the teachers would be more than you could ever have if you're going to hire security guards but in addition to that have security guards you have to harden your entrances you have to make schools safe and you can make other places safe but it is a big mental health problem in this country more than anything else and remember we have 700 million guns 700 million many people if they don't have a gun they're not going to be very safe I mean if they don't have a good it gives them security now you need them for entertainment you need them for hunting you need them for a lot of different things but there are people that if they didn't have the privilege of having a gun in some form they many of them would not be alive today you know there's a certain country that had a very strict policy on guns very very strict Brazil okay Brazil very strict and the former president of brittles hills and the The Killing was incredible they were walking into people's homes and killing people they had no protection said go out and buy guns people went out and bought guns and it went way down the numbers went way down because they had security if you look at Chicago Chicago is the single toughest gun policies in the nation they are so tough you can't breathe New York too and other places also all of those places are the worst and most dangerous places so that's not the answer no new restrictions that you would sign if re-elected Mr President I want you to meet Julie miles a registered nurse from Mary Mack she's a republican who voted for you in 2020. Julie what's your question for the president thank you Mr President thank you I appreciate you answering this question this evening how do you plan to appeal to Women Voters in New Hampshire who are concerned about the Dobb's decision and how States may change their laws it's such a great question and it was such a great Victory and people are starting to understand it now you know that they wanted to bring it back to the States but that was probably the least important part of that Victory getting rid of Roe v Wade was an incredible thing for pro-life because it gave pro-life something to negotiate with pro-life had absolutely nothing being stuck in Roe v way to negotiate with and now what's happening and I see it all over deals are being made deals are going to be made and it look everybody that was President wanted to get rid and tried to get rid of Roe v Wade for 50 years Republicans for 50 years this has been going on actually a couple of Democrats too but for 50 years this has been going on I was able to do it and I was very honored to do it but by doing it things are happening that are very very positive and you have to I happen to believe in the exceptions the life of of the mother rape incest like Ronald Reagan believed in the exceptions but I happen to believe that I think it I think it's frankly important to do that but a lot of people are you know against that a relatively small relatively small number but the way I the way I look I think it's very important to say this I consider the other side to be radical because the other side under Roe v Wade and other things the other side they're radical because they will remember the debate with Hillary Clinton they said rip the baby out of the womb at the end of the ninth month they will kill the baby in the ninth month if you look at that crazy governor of Virginia from the former Governor where he said no the baby will be born and then we'll decide essentially whether or not to execute Mr President can we talk about what you would do no but these are the radicals it's not the pro-life people that are around but if you are re-elected and you're back in the Oval Office and you get legislation to your desk would you sign a federal abortion ban into law what I'll do is negotiate so that people are happy but the fact that we were able I was able I'm so proud of it we put three great justices on the Supreme Court we have almost 300 federal judges resident you you would sign a federal abortion I said this I said this I want to do what's right and we're looking and we want to do what's right for everybody what's right but now for the first time the people that are pro-life have negotiating capability because you didn't have it before they could kill the baby in the ninth month or after the baby was born now they won't be able to I think this is a really important question for you to answer because this is something all every Republican including those who are running against you for the nomination are being asked about is would you sign a federal abortion ban into law and many of them are going to give you the same answer as I I am first of all I am honored to have done what I did and a lot of people said they said in 150 years he's now the most consequential president because he saved so many lives and I'm honored to have got it and and because of what I've done we now have a great negotiating ability that's what I do in life I negotiate we have a great negotiating ability and I think we're going to be able to get what do you mean negotiating ability because the question that Republicans have is in some of your allies on Capitol Hill said they want to introduce legislation when it comes to Banning abortion if they send it to your desk would you sign it some people are at six weeks some people are at three weeks president Trump president Trump is going to make a determination what he thinks is great for the country and what's fair for the country but the fact that I was able to terminate Roe v Wade after 50 years of trying they work for 50 years I've never seen anything like it they worked and I was even I was so honored to have done it we are in a very good negotiating position right now only because of what I was able to do and remember this again you talk about radicalism people that will kill a baby in the ninth month or the eighth month or the seventh month or after the baby is born they're the radicals not the program I just want to give you I just want to give you one more chance though because you did not answer whether or not you'd sign a federal abortion ban or how many weeks into pregnancy you believe abortion should be banned yeah but can you answer I've given to the answer probably four times already which one I'm looking I'm looking at a solution that's going to work very complex issue for the country you have people on both sides of an issue but we are now in a very strong position pro-life people are in a strong position to make a deal that's going to be good and going to be satisfactory for them if you weren't able to get rid you wouldn't be having a discussion if you weren't able to get rid of Roe v Wade which put pro-life in a dead position a horrible position they could kill the baby at any time they wanted to but we did something that nobody thought was doable and other Republican presidents and others by the way they wanted to get it out they also wanted to bring it back to the States but bringing it back to the states is a less important issue but that's one of the issue abortion band you did not say yes or no to that it depends what happens it depends what the deal is Lindsey Graham and he's got an idea and a lot of other people have an idea and I look at all these and a lot of people I'll make the right decision president Trump we've got more questions to come for you tonight in just a moment [Applause] thank you welcome back to CNN's Republican Presidential town hall with former president Donald Trump uh president Trump I'd like you to be Jennifer Simmons she is a stay-at-home mom and former town selectman from Wyndham she's a Republican and she voted for you in 2020. Jennifer what's your question tonight good evening Mr President title 42 is expected to expire tomorrow our Southern border and now our northern border are experiencing record migration we learned on May 2nd that the Biden Administration plans on deploying 1500 troops to the southern border do you agree with deploying troops to the border and how will a trump Administration slow down the rate of migrants coming across all our borders sure a very fair question especially since tomorrow is going to be a day of infamy you're going to have tens of thousands of people pouring into our country even the judge you know the judge overruled them when they wanted to terminate it early and he said you know that you better extend this thing the judge in Texas said I hope you're going to extend this but this is my policy that they're letting terminate because they lost in court they wanted to go earlier you're going to have millions of people pouring into our country right now at a level that nobody's ever seen before these people are sick anybody that wants this to happen to our country they're destroying our country and this should not be allowed to happen how they're not going to do a version of title 42 or my title 42 which was tough if people are sick and have infectious diseases and lots of other problems we don't want them being into our country we have enough problems right now we have problems like we've never had in the history of our country our country the reason is destroyed the reason is ending is because the health policy the covet era pandemic emergency is coming to an end that's what title 42 was you put it in place because when it comes to Big questions about what your immigration policy would look like if you are re-elected some of your Republican Rivals have criticized you for not fulfilling the promises that you made on the campaign Trail like finishing the border wall so how do voters know that you would get those done if you're re-elected I did finish the wall I built a wall I built hundreds of miles of wall and I finished it and then I said we have to build some more because there are areas like water going through a dam there are some areas where a lot of people are coming you close up one and they come into another and we started another 100 miles of wall in fact I said to my people if we start this and don't finish it and then we had a rigged election I'm sorry to say it the election Mr President you can't keep saying that all night long and so you can then they took over and they decided not to finish it it would have taken them three weeks I built hundreds of miles of wall if we didn't have of it it would be hard to believe it could be any worse they're just letting people flow into our country look a country has their borders there's never been anything like is happening to our country you know about 52 miles of new wall when you were in office Mr President it wasn't the complete wall one other thing that with nobody likes to respond to that with your immigration it was only about 15. this is what she does I built hundreds of miles some of the wall was up there and it would be laying on the ground rusted rotten steel rusted rotten wood a little and what the radical left crazy Democrats did if there's a piece of wood laying down they considered that a wall I built 30-foot walls that go down seven feet into the ground if there was a little piece of wood sitting in the ground they said oh he's not building a wall we already had a wall because this is the game they're a party of disinformation it's not a game Mr President it's about 52 miles of new wall one other immigration policy yeah I built new walls I built new walls hundreds of miles what I did is I replaced other wall that was laying down that was up and rotting in the ground for 30 years some of it was steel that you couldn't see it was only about 52 miles of new wall but moving on another immigration policy you had was the zero tolerance immigration policy that separated families at the border if you are re-elected are you ruling out instituting that well when you have that policy people don't come if the family hears that they're going to be separated they love their family they don't come so I know it sounds harsh but if you remember remember this that I was building prisons for children it turned out that it was Obama that was building prisons free Implement that if you're re-elected we have to save our country all right yes you know when you say to a family that if you come we're going to break you up they don't come and we can't afford to have any more look at New York City look what's happening they're living in Central Park in New York City the city is being swamped Los Angeles is being swamped Iowa is being swamped our whole country is being destroyed millions of people coming into our country and you know what the number is going to be in my opinion by the end of the year not the 4 million that you hear in the 3 million until I think it's going to be 15 million people and in these people they have no idea where they come from they come from 129 different countries so far 120 not just the four that we talked to put a button on that it sounds like what you're saying is that you're not ruling out re-implementing that immigration policy I want to get to another voter Caitlin bucino is a student here at Saint Anselm College she's a republican this will be the first election that she has voted in what's her question for the president Caitlyn hello president Chung thank you so much for coming thank you um the current Administration has made it clear that we should continue to provide military equipment to Ukraine so that they can defend themselves do you support this decision and how would you deal with the increasing threat posed by Vladimir Putin first of all thank you very much it's really nice and it's an important question so important because we're giving away so much equipment we don't have ammunition for ourselves right now we don't have ammunition for ourselves we're giving away so much but here's the thing I have to say it to start off no longer matters if I were president this would have never happened and even the Democrats have met that Putin knew it would have never happened and his pipeline would have never happened a lot of things would have never happened but this would never have happened and all those dead people both Russian and Ukrainian it would they wouldn't be dead today and all those cities that are blown up and disintegrated right to the ground that wouldn't have happened okay now here's the problem we've given so far 171 billion dollars they've given meaning they meaning European Union which is approximately the same size altogether as our economy they've given about 20. so we're at 170 let's say and there are 20. uh you don't have to know too much about history to realize or geography to realize that they're a little bit more effective than we are okay so they've got to put up a lot more money because they're taking advantage of us like every other country did that's why I ended NAFTA and replace it with the usmca Mexico issue Mr President I I should know I don't know any Democrats who have said they don't believe Putin would have been invaded if you were president but her question is would you continue to give Ukraine money and weapons if you're elected what's the answer I have a very good relationship with uh president zielinski because as you know he backed me up with the with the phony uh impeachment impeachment hoax number one when he said the president didn't do anything wrong so I happen to like yeah that's right and it was I was totally exonerated by the way just a waste of time and money you were impeached over that yeah but let's stay on topic here Mr President because the question is wouldn't you give Ukraine weapons by a crazy woman named Nancy the question here is would you give Ukraine weapons and funding if you were I would sit down let me just put it nice away uh if I'm president I will have that War settled in one day 24 hours I'll meet with zelinski they both have weaknesses and they both have strengths and within 24 hours that war will be settled it'll be over it'll be absolutely do you want Ukraine to win this war uh I don't think in terms of winning and losing I think in terms of getting it settled so we stop killing all these people and breaking them can I just follow up on that you said you don't think you have to do is follow up on that because that's a really important excuse me can you say if you want Ukraine or Russia to win this war I want everybody to stop dying they're dying Russians and ukrainians I wanted to stop dying and I'll have that done I'll have that done in 24 hours I'll have it done you need the power of the presidency to do it but you won't say that you want Ukraine to win you you know what I'll say I'll say this I want Europe to put up more money because they're in for 20 billion we're in for 170 and they shouldn't answered and they should equalize they have plenty of money they should equalize I got with NATO when I sat down I got them to put up hundreds of billions of dollars that they weren't paying under Obama and Bush and all of these other presidents that's why they're able to help them fight the war because of the money I got but I want Europeans I want Europe to put up more money because they're laughing at us they think we're a bunch of jerks we're spending 170 billion dollars for far away land and they're right next door to that land and they're in for 20. I don't think so when it comes to what's happening there when you were in office you said that you respected President Putin do you still respect him today uh he made a tremendous mistake maybe that he made he's a smart guy you know I remember I said he was smart she was smart he said president XI of China right is smart Okay 1.5 billion people he's the ruler of 1.5 billion people I said yeah he's a smart guy how dare he say he's smart of course he's smart they want you to say he's a stupid person okay he's not a stupid person he's very smart he's very cunning and Putin made a bad mistake in my opinion what was his name his mistake was going in he would have never gone in If I Was President we used to talk about it there do you believe [Applause] what do you believe that Putin is a war criminal he's responsible for the deaths of thousands well I think this I think it's something that should not be discussed now it should be discussed later because right now we have to get a war if you say he's a war criminal it's going to be a lot tougher to make a deal to get this thing stopped because if he's going to be a war criminal where people are going to go and grab him and execute him he's going to fight a lot harder than he's fighting you know under the other circumstance uh that's something to be discussed at a later date right now we want to get that War settled and I'm not talking about the money either I'm talking about all the lives that are being the number of people being killed in that war is far greater than you're here when they blow up a city and those buildings come pouring down and they say two people were injured no no hundreds and thousands of people are being killed and we have to get that War settled we have more with former president Trump right after this we're going to take a quick break in the way back with questions from voters right after that thank you welcome back to CNN's Republican Presidential town hall with former president Trump president Trump you we have a lot more voters questions I should note in here in New Hampshire to get to but I also want to talk about some of the other investigations that you're facing we talked about others at the top but one of those is the special counsel's investigation into classified documents that were found at Mar-A-Lago why did you take those documents with you when you left the White House I had every right to under the presidential records act you have the presidential records act I was there and I took what I took and it gets Declassified Biden on the other hand he has 1850 boxes he had boxes sent to Chinatown Chinatown where they don't speak even English in that Chinatown we're talking about can I I got somebody right there they talk about us just so you understand I had every right to do it I didn't make a secret of it you know the boxes were stationed outside of the White House people were taking pictures of the GSA of the various people right there then because the presidential records act which is not well known to a lot of people I read it it does not say that you can take documents with you it says actually that they are the property says you talk you negotiate you make a deal it's not Criminal by the way it's not it's the presidential records Act is not criminal and uh just so it's something you can negotiate just show you the documents with you can I tell you just so you understand the presidential records Act is not criminal I took the documents I'm allowed to you know who else took them Obama took them Nixon took them oh he didn't the difference he did the difference here [Applause] more than anybody is Joe Biden he has 1800 boxes and nobody even knows 1800 and nobody talks about him Mr President and they put a rough guy on us and they in the meantime Mr President to actually set the record straight here they took documents including president or vice president Pence when they realized they had documents they turned them back over the difference is that you waited to turn yours over and it was a year and a half effort that included a subpoena with those documents one question they had not been turned over yet they didn't raid Biden's house you know what happened they put him in the house that's the one with the Corvette with the documents were laying all over the floor that was fine and you know who happens to be at Mar-A-Lago Secret Service and they're phenomenal I have Secret Service he didn't have Secret Service the other thing the vice president cannot declassify he didn't have the right to declassify he has documents from when he was a Senator and even Democrat Senator to say I can't believe it no I went by the president a thing called the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights because they considered themselves and I should note that there is a special counsel investigating your document situation also President Biden's document situation when it comes to your documents did you ever show those classified documents to anyone not really I would have the right to by the way they were Declassified after not that I can think of let me just tell you I have the absolute right to do whatever I want with them I have the right I was negotiating with narid you know what Nara is the National Archives extremely extremely left a group of people extremely left and I was negotiating with them all of a sudden they raided my house they didn't grade the house of Joe Biden they didn't raid Obama Joe Biden didn't ignore a subpoena to get those documents back like you did until 1850 bucks but that's the question that investigators have I think is why you held on to those documents when you knew the federal government was seeking them and then had given you a subpoena to return are you ready are you ready can I talk yeah what's your answer can you mind I would like for you to answer okay it's very simple day that's why I asked it it's very simple that you're a nasty person I'll tell you [Applause] I was negotiating and we were talking to Nara that's Washington to bring whatever they want they can have whatever they want when we left Washington we had the boxes lined up on the sidewalk outside for everybody people are taking pictures of them everybody knew we were taking those boxes and the GSA the government service the GSA was the one taking them they brought them down to Mar-A-Lago we were negotiating with Nara all of a sudden they raid our house when Biden had his documents he won't give back the 1850 boxes and you're going to find some real gems in there that he had the documents the National Archives reached out to you to get your documents back why did you not turn them over when you got us because you would negotiated we were negotiating with them as per as per the presidential records act we were negotiating with Nara that's not what very nice people but they've got to love our constitution a little bit more because and they shouldn't red flag it by the way very nice people we were negotiating with Nara and that's what the presidential records act says because Richard Nixon surprisingly had problems and he had a lot of problems dealing with Nara and they ended a passing legislation the presidential records act just for this kind of a thing we were dealing with them excuse me wait a minute wait wait wait we were talking to them we would have done it but all of a sudden they raided the house now why haven't why hasn't the FBI raided by when it comes to documents do you still have any classified documents in your possession are you ready do you no no I don't have anything I have no classified documents and by the way they become automatically Declassified when I took them but why do classes let me ask you a question why is it that Biden had nine boxes in Chinatown and he gets a lot of money from China why is that and why not people president they put him in charge of that I need to stop you right there because there's no evidence of what you just said there what you're referring to there is an office that he had no no after leaving the vice president he had a temporary office but I want to ask about another investigation you don't know the subject I do know this he had one at University of Pennsylvania but he also had nine boxes that you're facing which is the one that's happening in Georgia where they are investigating their your efforts to overturn the election results in the state of Georgia perfect phone call let me finish my question at the center of that is that call that you had with the Secretary of State Brad raffensberger yeah sure given the fact that there are indictments expected to come in that case this summer is that a call you would make again today yeah I called questioning the election I thought it was a rigged election I thought I'd had a lot of problems I had every I guess he's Secretary of State I called listen to this there are like seven lawyers in the call many of them from there were having a quote we're having a normal call nobody said oh gee he shouldn't have said that why if this call was bad I questioned the election if this goal is bad didn't ask him to find anything we just heard the audience all three votes because the election was rigged that election was rigged and if this call was bad why didn't him and his lawyers hang up how dare you say that this was a person they were clearly concerned enough they recorded the call and I should note that this was a call that was made to question the results of election and we have and when we can't make a call to question election results then this country ought to just forget about it you weren't just questioning the election results and I should note that there is no evidence of fraud there is no rigged election in the state of Georgia I want to get back to the audience though Mr President because those are false claims you're making about what happened in Georgia John Jordan tellerberger is here he's an Undeclared voter from Hollis he voted for you in 2020. Jordan what is your question for president Trump tonight thank you Mr Trump thank you very much I'm 26 I'm a veteran I help manage a private Aviation company um you want a job I'd love one yeah yeah I'm looking for somebody very good I uh I'm not from mandates or government interference in private business but I've seen Republicans going after us like DeSantis after Disney right what would you do as president to protect us from government interference well I'm the one that really wants to protect you all of these fake investigations of me are about election interference they think because I'm leading Biden by 11 points seven points nine points I'm leading to sanctimonious by a lot by 40 points so 45 points I think he ought to just relax and take it easy and think about the future because right now it's future is not looking so good I will tell you this we are really putting it to Biden but he's putting it to himself because the economy stinks inflation is horrible and the border is a disaster and by the way the way he got out of Afghanistan was the single most embarrassing moment in the history of our country Mr President I have one more question for you here tonight and I think while we're in front of the voters here in New Hampshire and New Hampshire this is a fundamental question for you you are running in the 2024 race if you are the Republican nominee and you are in that 2024 race will you commit tonight to accepting the results of the 2024 election yeah if I think it's an honest election absolutely I would well you can commit the woman answer it again if I think it's an honest election I would be honored to and right now we are so far ahead of both Democrat and Republican and you know what if I don't win this country is going to be in big trouble it's so sad to see what's happening but no commitment there on the accepting the results regardless of the outcome if it's an honest election correct okay so not committing to accepting the 2020 War election results or acknowledging what happened in 2020. president Trump I want to thank you for coming here tonight this is an important conversation with voters to hear and to have thank you to our audience and to our host Saint Anselm College students coverage continues with Anderson thank you thank you very much thank you very much thank you very much I like you guys we love New Hampshire thank you thank you and good luck thanks
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