Full Interview: Chuck Todd Grills Trump on Illegal Immigration, Abortion, Hillary, ISIS, Iran & More


Meet The Press host Chuck Todd interviews GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Define conservatism.

DONALD TRUMP: Well, for me, conservatism as it pertains to our country is fiscal. We have to be strong and secure and get rid of our debt. The military has to be powerful and not necessarily used but very powerful. I am on the sort of a little bit social side of conservative when it comes-- I want people to be taken care of from a health care standpoint. But to do that, we have to be strong. I want to save Social Security without cuts. I want a strong country. And to me, conservative means a strong country with very little debt.

Should some form of abortion always be legal?

Well, to me, I have exceptions. Rape, incest, if the mother is going to die. And Ronald Reagan had those same exceptions. And many Republicans have those same exceptions.

You want to knock the hell out of ISIS. How?

Well, I want to take away their wealth. And, as you know, for years I've been saying, "Don't go into Iraq." They went into Iraq. They destabilized the Middle East. It was a big mistake. Okay, now we're there. And you have ISIS. And I said this was going to happen. I said, "Iran will take over Iraq," which is happening as sure as you're sitting there. And ISIS is taking over a lot of the oil and certain areas of Iraq. And I said you take away their wealth, that you go and knock the hell out of the oil, take back the oil. We take over the oil, which we should have done in the first place.

What are U.S.-Saudi relations going to look like under a Trump administration?

Well, one thing they'll look like-- first of all, I get along very well. They pay me millions of dollars for apartments, okay? I like that. You know, and so does China. And so does Mexico. And so does a lot of other people, all right? I make a tremendous amount of money from selling very wealthy people from other parts of the world and from the United States apartments and other things.

They lease tremendous office space from me. So does China. The biggest bank is in my building, one of my buildings. So it's not that I don't get along with all of-- I get along with them. But their leaders are much smarter than our leaders, Chuck and, like, from a different planet.

Saudi Arabia makes a billion dollars a day, okay? They make a billion dollars a day. Saudi Arabia, if it weren't for us, they wouldn't be there. They wouldn't exist. They should pay us. It's like Kuwait. When Kuwait had the problem with Saddam Hussein, like, the ultimate problem, they were taken over, we go in. We fight.

What deal can you come up with that wouldn't give Iran money?

I would have told them up front, "By the way--"We will never give you back your money. We will never give you back your $150 billion. You're never getting that money back." That's number one. Number two, "Before we start negotiations, you have to give us our three prisoners." Now, it's four, okay? You know, when it started, it was three. Now, it's four. "You have to give us back. Without question, you have to give them back.

"And you know what? You don't want them. But we do. It's psychologically good. And it'll help us make a better deal together. That's good for you." Okay? But I would have told them up front, "You will never get your $150 billion back." They are going to be such a wealthy, such a powerful nation.

They are going to have nuclear weapons. They are going to take over parts of the world that you wouldn't believe. And I think it's going to lead to nuclear holocaust. And I will say this. The people that negotiated that deal, namely Kerry and his friends, are incompetent.

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