"well, they were strange questions, and they were asked in a very interesting way," Trump opined. "It was like softballs, like you are throwing softballs up, and it's just a different world."
"Nobody has seen anything like it. You know it. You know it better than anybody. You cover it so well."
"It's very sad to watch, actually, they are feeding him questions. They are easy questions. I noticed Peter Doocy didn't get to ask a question today," Trump said.
"And there could be no difficult questions. And they were ready to rip the microphone away if somebody did get a little bit testy. You know, he just -- look, the whole thing is ridiculous. You know it, and so do I. And... you know all about the election, and so do I."
Rush transcript via FOX News:
LAURA INGRAHAM, FOX NEWS HOST: Here now with exclusive reaction to Biden's first press conference is former President Donald J. Trump.
Mr. President, thank you very much for joining us tonight. Joe Biden is brazenly stonewalling, as you can see in the press conference, requests for access to these facilities. And as you heard, he has no idea when access will be granted. What is going on here and would you get away with this?
DONALD TRUMP, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: No, I wouldn't. And we had the border the most secure, they say, in 20 years, but really, I think from the beginning, it has never been like this. We built almost 500 miles of wall, and it was new wall. You know, they like to say renovation, the renovation was we knocked down the old wall and we built a new wall, and then they say, they call it a renovation. But this was new wall, and incredible wall that was -- you know, really did a job.
In addition to that, Mexico worked great with us. We had a tremendous relationship, and me with the president, who is a tremendous person. And they gave us 28,000 free -- 28,000 soldiers along our border, and they stopped people from coming in. And what you are doing now and what you're seeing now is inhumane. These children and people are -- a tremendous a number of children, by the way, but they are living on top of each other, in squalor. And this is squalor.
That's why they won't allow the press to come in. We let the press go in. And we had much smaller numbers, frankly, because people couldn't come up. But we let the press come in. But they are living in very dangerous conditions. There is no testing for COVID-19, as we call it, sometimes. Sometimes we call it something else.
But there is no testing, there is no nothing. And what's going on is just absolutely insane. It's a horrible situation. And everyone that has seen it, nobody has seen worse, nobody has seen anything like it. And if you get cameras inside some of those facilities, you would see children on top of children, and you would see filth, and you would see things that you would not believe possible.
INGRAHAM: Well, I want to move on to a claim that Biden made about your administration's treatment of the migrant children. Watch.
JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: An unaccompanied child ends up at the border, we are just going to let them starve to death and stay on the other side. No previous administration did that, either, except Trump. I'm not going to do it.
INGRAHAM: He was accusing you of starving people who were wanting to come across the Rio Grande or the border to the United States. Your reaction?
TRUMP: Well, first of all, it's just the opposite. But by the time we finished what we were doing, very few people were coming up because they knew they weren't going to get through. We stopped catch and release, which was a disaster. That's where you catch somebody, take their name, and release them into our country. We stopped that. They were supposed to come back years later and go to court, but nobody ever comes back and goes to court.
And the very biggest thing was we had the stay in Mexico policy. And that means that we wouldn't allow people to wait in our country until they were totally checked out, which most of them didn't get checked out, and they would go back to their own country. If young kids were with parents, but a lot of times, they weren't, and we would take care of them.
But it is -- what they are doing now is outrageous. And they should finish the wall. If they finish the wall, they would be able to have a lot -- you know, a lot of people are right now staying in the few openings. We have openings in the wall that were going to be closed up. Could have been done over the next month. If it weren't for the fact that we got sued 11 times, many of the suits by Congress and people in Congress and Democrats, we would have had the wall.
It was almost completed, but it took two-and-a-half years to get the final signoffs from the court victories that we had. We had great court victories. But they sued us for two-and-half years, and they were suing us on the financing, on the environment, on lots of things. We won the lawsuits and we built almost 500 miles. They should immediately seal it up and finish it up, and you would see a lot of good things happen. But nobody knows exactly...
INGRAHAM: What was your reaction...
TRUMP: ... what they're doing. Nobody knows.
INGRAHAM: Mr. President, what was your just general reaction to the way Biden handled the so-called press conference today? He read quite a bit from reference notes. But he did take some questions. It was unusual, to say the least.
TRUMP: Well, they were strange questions, and they were asked in a very interesting way. It was like softballs, like you are throwing softballs up, and it's just a different world. Nobody has seen anything like it. You know it. You know it better than anybody. You cover it so well. And it's very sad to watch, actually, they are feeding him questions. They are easy questions. I noticed Peter Doocy didn't get to ask a question today.
And there could be no difficult questions. And they were ready to rip the microphone away if somebody did get a little bit testy. You know, he just -- look, the whole thing is ridiculous. You know it, and so do I. And you know...
INGRAHAM: Well, where was there -- where was there Jim Acosta?
TRUMP: And you know all about the election, and so do I.
INGRAHAM: Mr. President, where was their Jim Acosta? I mean, they have Acosta like in your face every day and others like him.
TRUMP: They don’t have that, yeah. And if Jim Acosta were there, he’d ask very soft questions, it would be a whole different thing.
INGRAHAM: The Democrats are also -- yeah, the Democrats are also saying that a problem here is that apparently America is not sending enough U.S. taxpayer dollars to Central America to solve or alleviate this border crisis.
Here was Nancy Pelosi today.
REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): The president, then-president, had withdrawn the money that was allocated for the Northern Triangle. That was a mistake, and we have to restore that. They withdrew the money to punish those countries.
INGRAHAM: Mr. President, did you withdraw money from Central America to punish them?
TRUMP: Absolutely, that's right. On that, I agree with her. First time in a long time, years, I have agreed with her.
We were paying them $500 million a year. Nobody knew what they were doing with the money, and they were sending criminals to our country.
You know, when they are sending people in the caravans, as we call them, they’re not exactly their finest, OK? And more importantly, perhaps, is that they wouldn't take it as we would, because ICE was incredible, the job they did, and Border Patrol, incredible. These are incredible men and women.
When we got somebody, we captured a bad MS-13 or group. We bring them back to the country, and they wouldn't take them, and I said, what are we doing? How much money do we give them?
We pay them $500 million a year. I said, stop paying the money. Immediately, we stopped paying.
They called the following day, they said, we’d love to have MS-13 come back into our country. Please send them immediately, and we will not be sending any more bad people. And we then got along very well with them.
So, she’s absolutely right. They abused us in so many different ways. They wouldn't take prisoners and murderers back, and we didn't want them in our country, so we bring them back, they wouldn't take them.
I stopped paying the $500 million that we were wasting on giving it to them. As soon as I did that, they immediately agreed to take back everybody. They said it would be a great honor to take them back. Please send them immediately.
INGRAHAM: Yeah, Mr. President, today, NBC News reporting that the DHS -- it was created after 9/11 to protect America from international terrorism. Now, they are moving to what intel officials are now saying is a new top threat, domestic violent extremism that includes, apparently, surveilling social media.
One -- here’s what they mean. There’s a quote from the article.
The idea is to identify people who may, through their social media behavior, be prone to influence by toxic messaging spread by foreign governments, terrorists, and domestic extremists.
Mr. President, their DHS is going after people who may be your supporters, who they believe are domestic extremists because they say things like "let's take back our government." Are you concerned about that?
TRUMP: What I’m concerned about is Antifa and BLM and some of the horrible things that we witnessed over the last, frankly, long period of time. When they take over Portland and they take over the courthouse and they destroyed the building, you have to see what they have done to the building over the years.
And just over the last few weeks, they’ve been having massive riots and other things in Portland. And even the crazy mayor, this mayor is just absolutely -- he is a radical left, he can’t take it anymore. He’s actually said he can't take it anymore there.
You have to see what the streets of Portland look like. They’ve been burning the city down, and nobody does anything about it. And they don't go after those people, but they go after people that I guess you’d call them lean toward the right, and they wave American flags. In many cases, they are waving the American flag, and they love our country.
And those people, they’re arresting them by the dozens, but they don't go after Antifa, who kill people, by the way, who burn down our cities.
Look at what they did to Seattle. They took over a big partial of land in Seattle, a big portion of the city. And had I not gotten the National Guard ready to go in, we were going in the following morning, they just gave up the land.
The same thing in Minnesota. In Minneapolis, they took over the city. Had we not gotten the National Guard in there, it was -- you would not have Minneapolis anymore. It would have been burned down to the ground.
INGRAHAM: Are you concerned --
TRUMP: Those are the ones you have to worry about.
INGRAHAM: Are you concerned that the U.S. Capitol after January 6th has become a fortress? Protecting the Capitol from the people who are supposed to -- actually be the ones in charge here, not the people who are -- or sitting in the Capitol, surrounding themselves by razor wire.
TRUMP: I think it's disgraceful, it looks for the world to watch. Absolutely, it's a political maneuver that they're doing. It was zero threat right from the start. It was zero threat. Look, they went in.
They shouldn't have done it. Some of them went in and there they are hugging and kissing the police and the guards. You know, they had great relationships. a lot of the people were waved in and then they walked in and they walked out.
And I'll tell you what they're doing things to. They're persecuting a lot of those people and some of them should be some things should happen to them. But when I look at Antifa in Washington, even with the what they did to Washington and what they did to other locations and the destruction and frankly, the killing and the beating up of people and nothing happens to them whatsoever, why aren't they going after Antifa?
I watched this gentleman on 60 Minutes the other night. It was horrible what he said.
INGRAHAM: Now you're talking about talking about the former prosecutor who's prosecuting some of the end involved in January 6th.
TRUMP: I know who I'm talking about.
Yeah, but he totally compromised a case and what he said was so horrible. But they don't talk about it on TV. They don't talk about BLM. They don't talk about any of the other groups that are on the left that are really dangerous, that are very, very dangerous and that truly hate our country.
INGRAHAM: But you would say that people who commit crimes, regardless of what their political affiliations are, should be prosecuted. Your complaint is that the individual is committing the crimes in Portland, in Minneapolis, et cetera, are not being prosecuted. I want to clarify that, Mr. President.
TRUMP: Absolutely. What you said is exactly right. I hope that that's what I said, too. And they should look, they have everybody has to be treated equally. They go after people on the right and in spades, and they don't go after people at all on the left. You look at some of the things that happened. Look at Minneapolis.
Look at who was arrested. Look what happened. They let them out immediately. And by the way, a lot of the politicians that you have right now in office were providing bail money for them, getting them out of jail, but they didn't have to worry about it. For the most part, they weren't even put in jail.
They took over Seattle and practically nothing happened to anyone. I mean, they literally took over a big chunk of a major U.S. city and practically nothing happened to those people. And yet I'm constantly seeing where they're searching out people on the right. It's very unfair to this country and there's tremendous anger because of what they're doing, this tremendous anger.
INGRAHAM: I want to move on to what the Democrats are doing with this H.R. 1 bill. I'm sure you've been following it that many of us believe would destroy election integrity. Here's Biden justifying it today.
REPORTER: Republican legislatures across the country are working to pass bills that would restrict voting.
PRESIDENT BIDEN. I'm worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is.
It's sick. We'll be able to stop this because it is the most pernicious thing. This makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagles.
INGRAHAM: Jim Crow? Showing a vote, showing an I.D. to vote, is Jim Crow, your reaction to that offensive comparison, Mr. President?
TRUMP: Well, Jim Crow is their most often used term over the last three weeks. I notice it's constantly being used, but they're trying to get something with no voter I.D., no signature verification, send all the ballots you can. You'll never have another fair election in this country, just like if you look at the last election, it was disgraceful. It was a third world election.
It was a disgrace. Legislatures didn't approve much of what happened. Our Supreme Court should be ashamed of themselves. Under the Constitution all of the things that they were doing had to be approved by legislatures and legislatures and ors. And if you take a look at it, the Democrats went to the Republican legislatures.
There were five of them, and they went to the Republican legislatures, could not get approval. So they did it anyway. That's in total violation of the Constitution. And what they did was absolutely disgraceful. And if you look at the numbers, the numbers were vastly in favor of us in the presidential election. It was disgraceful that they were able to get away with.
The Supreme Court didn't have the courage to do what they had to do.
INGRAHAM: Speaking as speaking as a lawyer, we're not going to re-litigate the past tonight, but speaking as a lawyer, I mean, I think going forward, I think any candidate running for office has to have an impeccable legal strategy in place before, like long before the election takes place, because a lot of people saw problems coming and verification problems. But I don't I don't think the legal situation was in in place. And I think that that hurt everybody along the way. But I want to ask you about.
TRUMP: No, the courts did not want to enforce it. You know that, Laura. You know exactly that. And the Supreme Court, when you had Texas and 18 states, the Supreme Court said they don't have standing. The Supreme Court didn't want to hear it.
INGRAHAM: And a lot of Republicans on that Supreme Court.
TRUMP: Didn't want to make a decision like they know they had to make a lot. They didn't have the courage to do what they had to do.
INGRAHAM: Well, moving forward. I have to ask you about this embarrassing meeting between Biden officials and the Chinese delegation. We all remember your first meeting with the Chinese officials, including President Xi, but China ends up delivering this major rebuke to the United States, to our faces, essentially saying that we have no standing to lecture them because of our own issues of racism that have been perpetually parroted by Democrats.
Did the Chinese ever lecture you or your people about America's racism problem?
TRUMP: We never had anything like that happen. That was an embarrassment. It was an absolute embarrassment to our country. I have I could not believe it. I couldn't believe the meeting. Even the location. So many different elements of what took place when they started and they went on and on and on. You know, there was supposed to have a very short period of time. They went on and it was terrible.
We should have walked out. Nobody ever talked to my group that way. Nobody ever talked to me that way. I can tell you that. And if they did, I would have doubled up the tariffs, which frankly, were something we probably should have done anyway.
But we took in I took in billions and billions of dollars from China. We were bringing businesses back. It was really going well. And China respected us. They never spoke to us the way they spoke was your administration.
INGRAHAM: I'm sorry to interrupt, but would you have had Mnuchin, your Treasury Secretary and your trade rep, Bob Lighthizer? Would you have instructed them to walk out of that meeting if on American soil you were talked to like that?
TRUMP: They wouldn't have even had to be instructed, but if they didn't walk out, they would have been so instruct. Absolutely. They would have left immediately.
INGRAHAM: Mr. President, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. You know, so many conservatives complaining about big tech censorship and especially against you, you may have an unlikely, albeit late ally in this fight. Take a look.
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: If you're asking me, do I feel particularly comfortable that the president, the then president of the United States, could not express his views on Twitter? I don't feel comfortable about that.
INGRAHAM: There are reports that you're going to go start your own social media company. Is that how you plan to fight back against these tech oligarchs?
TRUMP: Well, in my case, they have a lot of options because we have two hundred million plus followers. We had thirty six million just on POTUS. We had ninety million on the different lines. We had a tremendously big on Facebook, so we're way over 200 million.
And I have a lot of options. But what I'm doing now, I almost like it better. I think I do like it better. I'm getting to the point we're doing is we're issuing press releases. We're no longer constrained by a certain number of characters. We're no longer put under, you know, the magnifying glass. And frankly, you do it less and you can do it better.
So I put out statements now from the office of and the statements are picked up by everybody. I mean, it actually works better. Now, with that being said, we may open up our own platform, but the putting out of statements, putting out almost you could call them a press release when I have something to say to talk to a lot of people, it gets to everybody.
It gets everybody on Twitter. It gets everybody on Facebook. It gets to everybody. It's been very effective.
INGRAHAM: Do you feel like you have a lot more time on your hands without being on Twitter so much? I mean, when I stopped doing Twitter.
TRUMP: Yeah, I do.
INGRAHAM: Actually, you do. Okay.
TRUMP: I do. It’s very true. And I don’t have to be so careful with every word. You know, if I put a comma in the wrong place, it becomes like he doesn't know proper English. You have no idea. It's you have much more time. And actually, you can really steer something and focus something on what's very important. It really is very good. And, you know, Twitter has become very boring.
I don't know if, you know, a lot of people are leaving Twitter. It's become very, very boring and I've heard it from so many different people. So we're off a lot of other people are off a lot of people are just leaving. It's become a very boring deal.
INGRAHAM: I have a friend who recently saw you and said that he had never he had never seen you as relaxed and you were actually having fun. And not that you weren't having fun at the White House, but you're having fun. And you were laughing. So what is it like?
Just what is it like being out of the White House? Obviously, you'd prefer to be in the White House, but just personally, how is the decompression going?
TRUMP: Well, I'm enjoying it and still working very hard and so many different ways. But, you know, I must tell you, I am enjoying it. But what I really enjoy is doing good things for this country. And we were doing things like nobody's done.
I don't think anybody's done the kind of if you look at what we accomplished with the largest tax cuts in history, the largest regulation cuts in history, that's why we created this Great Basin, this great foundation where our country came back so much stronger. You know, they used to say Germany and all these other countries in Europe. Well, you look at them, they're all locked down, they're shut down, and the virus is hitting them hard.
And the vaccine isn't doing well. They're not getting. Now, you know, we came up with a vaccine that was done with my administration. And frankly, me, the FDA is not in love with me because I pushed them at a level that they've never been pushed.
But we got a vaccine in nine months. Laura, and it was supposed to take five years. Fauci said it's probably never going to happen. Fauci was saying three years, four years, five years. A lot of people said twelve years and I got it done in nine months. And it's you know, it's really a great accomplishment out of it.
INGRAHAM: Speaking of, Fauci do you regret giving him so much power early on?
TRUMP: No, look, I got along with him fine. But I didn't listen to him too much because he said, don't close it up to China. And I did very early. Don't close it up to Europe.
You know, we had the problem with Italy and France. I did. I closed it up to Europe very, very early. He said don't wear masks. Masks don't work that. They’re no good, no good. I mean, you know, think of what you look at his the way I look at it, you saw him throw out the first pitch in Washington. Right.
He is a better pitcher than he is at what he does. But he's a great promoter. But I got along with him. It was right. But if you really look, I didn't really listen to him too much because I was doing the opposite of what he was saying. But I mean, frankly, if he were known as somebody that was with me all the way, he wouldn't be popular with the media. He's just a media creation.
IMGRAHAM: And finally, I want to move on. Final question about Biden's plans for the future. Watch.
Your thoughts on what Biden would look like running again in. A few years?
TRUMP: Well, I think it's a great question for him. That's just like all the other questions that were all softballs. And that's a really nice question, because you're sort of forgetting everything that's taken place over the last number of weeks, number of months.
You see what I see and everybody sees it. And the press doesn't report and they understand it just as well as we do. It's a crazy life we're leading right now. But that's OK. But they can't be allowed to destroy our country.
And at the southern border, they're destroying our country and gasoline prices are going up. We are energy independent. I created that. We have never been energy independent. We are now energy independent. But in another couple of months, we won't be. And take a look at what's happening to the price of gasoline. It's up over a dollar.
That's like a big tax increase to people. That's the same thing equivalent and even greater than a big tax increase. It's terrible what's happening is terrible.
INGRAHAM: Just one other thing. Another dear friend of mine asked me to ask you this because he happens to be of color. That's how he describes it, of color.
He said, I've never seen a Republican work harder. I'm paraphrasing, for minority votes as this prior president did, referring to you. And yet they trash him and they call in the left racists. He's racist. He's racist.
How does that personally feel to you, given the fact that you did better among minority voters in this last election than anyone ever predicted? And I believe record setting, yet they continue to do that. Why do they do that? And how personally does that feel to you?
TRUMP: So, I did criminal justice reform, which Obama and Biden could not get done. They failed miserably. I did opportunity zones and I created the best unemployment numbers in the history, in our history for African American workers and also for Hispanic and Asian and everybody else and women.
Everybody. But I created the best numbers in history and I did do I did fantastically well with Hispanic, as you know. I did great with African-American. We did great with Asians. We did great. But they use that they use the race card all the time, not just with me any time. They can't answer a question, they throw out the race card. That's the way it’s been for a long time. When they can't get you on something, they throw out the race card. But it's a different world right now. And we did things that nobody thought could be done.
You a criminal justice reform was a very, very big thing. And I guess Biden tried. I know Obama tried. They couldn't get anywhere. I got it done.