Trump: I’m not going to offer any 14-point plans – Politico
Donald Trump could provide the greatest, most detailed, “most beautiful,” 14-point plan of any presidential candidate, the Manhattan business mogul declared Monday. But in his words, “it doesn’t mean anything” because “great flexibility” is necessary when crafting a deal.
“It does seem that on a lot of issues, Mr. Trump, you’re asking people to say, believe me that I can accomplish these things and fix them because I’m Donald Trump,” Matt Lauer commented on NBC’s “Today” during a town hall event at an Atkinson, New Hampshire, country club.
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“You know what? I am asking for that,” Trump said. “But I’m also saying, I’m very specific. Let me tell you about specifics.”
Politicians and the media, he added, “all want a 14-point plan, bing-bing-bing-bing, but it doesn’t work that way.”
“Because point two gets loused up, and now you have to go to a different point two, and you can’t, you know, they think it’s so simple, you just go 14. You have to have great flexibility in dealmaking,” he added.
The issue of Trump’s specificity came up multiple times during the televised event, first during a question about his proposals on immigration from an undecided voter.
“It’s called management. You understand maybe perhaps better than that,” Trump told Lauer. “It’s called we have a country and they’re here illegally. And some are excellent people, they’re great people. They’re going out, they’re going to come back in legally. They’re going to come, and we’re going to expedite it. … and the bad ones are never coming back again.”
In addressing his comments that he would renegotiate trade deals with countries like Mexico, Trump said he would bring jobs and manufacturing back to the United States.
“But how?” a St. Anselm College student identified as Brian Pickowicz asked. “You can’t say how. We have to renegotiate the trade deals,” Trump responded.
“We are going to bring deals back, we’re going to bring jobs back. I could give you a 14-point plan that would look so beautiful, and you’d be happy,” Trump went on to say. “But you know what? It doesn’t mean anything, because–“
As Trump began to explain, Lauer cut the candidate off for a commercial break, as the show neared the end of the hour.
“You understand,” Trump said, pointing to the student. “Thank you.”