After bombing a series of foreign policy questions yesterday on the air with Hugh Hewitt (who is a moderator for the next debate), Trump appeared on Morning Joe to explain that he misheard the question, mistaking the "Kurds" for Iran's "al-Quds" force.
"When you say Kurds vs. Quds," Trump said. "I thought he said ‘Kurds’"
"This third-rate radio show announcer... And it was like ‘got you, got you, got you,’ and every question is: Do I know this one, and that one. You know he worked hard on that.”
"I thought he said Kurds," Trump repeated.
DAVID IGNATIUS, WASHINGTON POST: Mr. Trump, I want to ask you a question about foreign policy.
SCARBOROUGH: This is David Ignatius.
IGNATIUS: Not about the Quds force, but about the Iran deal. You're the only candidate in the field that I know of who has actually been forthright in saying that you would basically work with the Iran deal. You've said I've taken bad contracts my whole career and made them work. It sounds like you're prepared to accept this deal if it goes through and work to implement it, rather than trying to undo it. Have I got that right?
TRUMP: Well, do did -- You do have it right. And you know, by the way, when you said Quds versus Kurds, I thought he said Kurds, this third-rate radio announcer that I did the show - it was like got you, got you -- every question was do I know this one and that one? It was like he worked hard on that. But I thought he said Kurds. I do think the Kurds -
IGNATIUS: But what about the deal?
TRUMP: By the way, I do think - while we're on it - I do think the Kurds are not being utilized properly and not being treated properly by us. As far as the deal with Iran, I think that it is a disastrous deal in so many ways, whether it's the prisoners, whether it's the 24 days, whether it's the fact that we may have to fight Israel. And believe me, that will never happen.
But there is a clause in there that people are not even talking about that we're supposed to essentially come to their defense, the Iranian's defense, and if Israel attacks, you know, where are we? Well, believe me, that will never happen. But how do they agree to things like this? We have a horrible contract. But we do have a contract.
I have all my life -- I love to buy bad contracts where key people go bust and I make those contracts good. This is a perfect example of taking over a bad contract. I will find something in that contract that will be very, very well scrutinized by us. And I think they will not be able to do it, whatever it may be.
IGNATIUS: And so you won't repudiate the deal? You'll work with the deal?
TRUMP: I know it will be very popular for me to do what a couple of them said, we're going to rip it up, we're going to rip it up. First of all, the $150 billion is already gone. You know when we agreed to even do this, even without the approval, the formal approval, we lose all of that money. This was negotiated by totally incompetent people. We lose all of that money, that $150 billion.
Iran is going to be a terror because they're going to use that for the same things they used doing now except they're going to be able to do it in spades. Iran is going to be an absolute terror. It's horrible that we have to live it with. Nevertheless, we have a contract, we've lost the power of sanctions because all of these other folks, all of these other countries that were with us are gone now.
And by the way, making money. You see Russia selling missiles and Germany is involved. Everybody's involved now with Iran selling them stuff. We're probably going to be the only ones that won't be selling them anything. But that's all done now.
David, I would have to say, and I think most of the people around the table, we have an agreement. It's a horrible agreement. I will make that agreement so tough and if they break it they will have hell to pay.
SCARBOROUGH: So - so -