Trump vs. Cooper: Giving Out Lindsey Graham's Private Phone Number Was "Presidential"


DONALD TRUMP, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT: I get called all these horrible names by Lindsey Graham, who I don't even know. I didn't start it with Lindsey Graham.

I couldn't care less about Lindsey Graham. He's registered at, I think, zero in the polls, by Rick Perry from Texas, who was up in my office a few years ago. I just posted a picture of him shaking my hand, looking for money and looking for support. And he was up -- people will say, I call it hypocrite, but they are saying horrible things.

Like, I don't even know these people and they are saying these things. Now, am I supposed to, you know, just say, oh, it's OK to for them to say -- one guy -- I guess it was Lindsey Graham -- called me a jackass. Am I supposed to say, oh, it's OK if I'm called a -- I'm called a jackass. You have to fight back. The country has to fight back. Everyone is pushing our country around. We can't allow that, Anderson.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: Is it presidential, though?

TRUMP: I think it's presidential --


COOPER: To give out somebody's phone -- to give out a personal phone number --


TRUMP: Well, that was a long story.

You have to see the whole story the way it morphed. OK? That was a whole story, where he wanted to get on "FOX & Friends," and he called me up out of the blue. I never met the guy. Then he wanted to come in for campaign contributions.

He gave me his -- and then he starts hitting me years later. And I happen to have this crazy phone number. And I held it up. I said, this guy was over here. And, actually, as you probably know, the room was packed. It was standing room only. In fact, they had --


COOPER: Overflow.


TRUMP: -- theaters. There was overflow crowds. They had all sorts of closed-circuit television into other rooms. The place went wild. We all had a good time.

COOPER: But is that presidential?

TRUMP: I think so. I think it's fine.

COOPER: Is that something, as president -- when you're president, like somebody in Congress, you would give out their personal phone number?

TRUMP: I was hit by somebody unfairly. I was called names by somebody.

So, he was up -- somebody that is hitting you, saying what a bad guy I am, was up in my office asking for money and asking if I can get him on television.


COOPER: So, when -- if you're president of the United States, you are going to be hit by half the country.


TRUMP: That's true. That's true.

COOPER: Are you going to call them dump and stupid?

TRUMP: No, I think it's a little bit different. Right now, I'm trying to do something to make the country great again. Politicians will never make this country great again. Now --


COOPER: As president, you would change your tone?

TRUMP: Oh, I think so.

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