Trump to CNN's Bash: Criticism Of DC Hotel Insulting; "Under Budget, And We Need That For The United States"


Donald Trump told CNN's Dana Bash that he will have spent $100 million in his campaign for the presidency by the end of the election cycle. Trump said in Florida he has been outspent by Clinton 50 to 1 on advertising and the race is as tight as ever.

Trump told Bash that questions about his trip to unveil his Washington, D.C. hotel are "rude" and "insulting."

He said he wanted to go to the ribbon cutting for two reasons: to support his children and to show the American people his project was finished under budget and ahead of schedule, something he said is needed for the United States.

Transcript, via CNN:

DANA BASH, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: First, I want to ask you about your event here. There's a new audio tape of you talking about the fact that you really have relied on your popularity and the fact that people come to your events, and that helps you with free advertising. Is that what this was about?

DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: No, not at all. This was just under budget, ahead of schedule. That's what this is. Under budget, ahead of schedule. We built a hotel that is going to be one of the great hotels of the world. Just opened today. It officially opens today, and we built it for less money than was anticipated and we built it ahead of schedule by over a year. And if the country would do that, we would have a country that would be in much better shape than it's -- you know, highways, they build highways for double and triple the cost, they build hospitals --

BASH: And so to people who say, you're taking time out of swing states to go do this, you say --

TRUMP: I say the following. You have been covering me for the last -- long time. I did yesterday eight stops and three major speeches, and I've been doing this for weeks straight. I left there for an hour and a half. I'm going to North Carolina right now, then I'm going to Florida, I'm going up to New Hampshire. For you to ask me that question is actually very insulting, because Hillary Clinton does one stop and then she goes home and sleeps, and yet you'll ask me that question. I think it's a very rude question, to be honest with you. And what I do is I want to back my children. My children worked very hard, Ivanka in particular. And at the opening of the hotel, I want to back my children. It's very important to me.

So we had a ribbon cutting, which was very quick, and I stopped in D.C. But the real key to this is, I want the American people to understand that this is under budget, ahead of schedule, and we need that for the United States.


DANA BASH: And just so you know, I've been reporting on the fact that you're going to North Carolina for a couple of stops straight from here. But my next question is, there is a new poll in Florida that has you up a couple of points. Other swing states have you really in the hunt. Given that, are you prepared to write a check to help yourself get over the finish line, and if so, how big? And I'm talking about advertising.

DONALD TRUMP: Let me just tell you that we have -- I'll have over $100 million in the campaign. Hillary Clinton has nothing in the campaign. She's all special interests and donors and they're giving her money, then she will do whatever they tell her to do. But I will have over $100 million in the campaign, and I'm prepared to go much more than that. Now, here's the question. New polls are coming out, we're leading Florida, we're doing great in North Carolina, we're doing great in Pennsylvania, we're doing great all over. We're doing really well in New Hampshire, Ohio, as you know, and Iowa, are doing fantastically well. I'm telling you, CNN doesn't say it, but I think we're going to win.

BASH: So, but to do that, you have a pretty big bank account, and time is running out. The clock is ticking. Will you write a check --

TRUMP: I've already written a number of them.

BASH: But specifically to get up on the air to combat the ads that you say Hillary Clinton is running against you?

TRUMP: Well, in Florida, she has 50 to 1 against me. Fifty. You were the one that told me that.

BASH: But you have the means to combat that.

TRUMP: Sure I do. But in the meantime, 50 to 1 and I'm leading. How would you like to have spent -- you know, in the old days, you'd get credit if you would spend less money and have victory. That would be a good thing. Today, they want you to spend money. I'll have over $100 million. I'm willing to spend much more than that if I have to. I'm seeing just great signs. One of the other things we're seeing in Florida, we're seeing it in other places, the lines going into voting booths, going into voting areas, are unbelievable. I mean, in Florida, yesterday, we passed four of them, the lines were three and four blocks long. Those are not her voters, because her voters have no enthusiasm whatsoever.

BASH: Can you just be specific how much are you willing to put down in order to put up new ads?

TRUMP: No, I will have over $100 million in, I'm willing to invest more than that.

BASH: Like how much?

TRUMP: Don't -- let's go with your next question, Dana.

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