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Trump: Biden "Doing Things To This Country That Bernie Sanders Would Have Said Impossible"

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Former President Donald Trump in his first sit-down interview since leaving office told FOX News host Sean Hannity that the Biden administration and Democrats are doing things that Sen. Bernie Sanders "would have said impossible." Trump talked about his successor, immigration, the border crisis, his 2024 plans, and more in the interview at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

"They're going to rip apart your Second Amendment. They're doing things to this country that Bernie Sanders would have said impossible. I don't know if Joe knows what's going on with it, because I think you have a cabal, you have a group of people that are sitting around a table just saying do this, do this, do this," Trump said in the interview that aired Monday night.

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Full transcript, via FOX News:

President Trump, good to see you.
 
DONALD TRUMP, 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Well, thank you very much, Sean.
 
Hannity: All right, so I know a lot of people that are around you every day. This is what they're all telling me. You were working as hard as you did when you were in the White House, except you play a little golf more, that you’re keeping an insane schedule, seven days a week. You really don’t stop.
 
Trump: Well, we’re seeing a lot of people. We’re seeing a lot of good Republicans and a lot of good Americans, in some cases, great Americans. And we are working very hard. And a lot of things to do plus some getting more involved for a long time, years I wasn’t involved with the business. I’m more involved in the business. We’ll see what I do with respect to that. But the business is doing well. And we’re doing well. 
 
It’s been five and a half years of investigations and hoaxes. And I see something came out just yesterday about the Russia, Russia, Russia was a total phony deal. And they hate to admit it but intelligence came out --  
 
Hannity: That was -- that was -- and they were putting a bounty -- 
                          
Trump: Yeah, a bounty. It’s a big bounty deal. And now they say that it was a hoax, just like everything else. So it’s a sad thing. You get impeached for doing nothing wrong. Then you get a second impeachment for doing nothing wrong. 
 
And so it’s been pretty wild when you think about it and very unfair. And so we’re working very hard. And I think we’re -- you’re going to see something that will start to take place in '22 and will culminate in ’24. And you’re going to see a lot of big things and great things for the Republican Party and for the country, when you look at the border and all of the things that are going wrong right now. What a shame at the border.                               
 
Hannity: Let me -- let’s start with Joe Biden. Now I get criticized because the Joe Biden I see now, I can show you tapes of him in 2016. I could show you tapes of him in 2012. And to me, he looks extraordinarily weak, frail. 
 
I think it’s very transparent, he’s struggling cognitively. He usually averages less. We follow his schedule very closely, less than one event a day. What do you see? How do you grade him three months in?
 
Trump: So he’s going to be 79 years old. That is not old. I know many people in their late 80s that are just as good as they were years ago. I spoke to one who’s 92 years old. He said, I feel better than I did 20 years ago. Seventy-eight, 79 is not old. But he you know look, I don’t think it’s even appropriate for me to comment on that. It sort of speaks for itself. I mean people can make their own determination. 
 
I know that if it were me, they would be up and down going crazy. But I had an instance where on a slippery, slippery ramp, piece of steel, very steep and very long, no railings, no nothing and it was pouring at West Point. And the last thing I want to do is go down because when Gerald Ford went down, it was not good.
  
Trump: Now when Biden went down the press didn’t cover it. I mean if you look at --  
  
Hannity: Well, in fairness, his aides said that the wind, it was very windy, the wind might have blown him over. Did the wind ever blow you over when you were --  
  
Trump: Well, Air Force One is a very big plane. And usually, what they try and do is shield the wind. You know, when they park it you can turn it in angles and so you don’t ever have too much. I’ve never seen too much wind. 
 
It can get a little windy but not the kind of wind that blows you over. But if you look at mainstream media or as you say “lame stream media,” they didn’t cover that. If that were a Republican, in particular, if it was me, that would be the biggest story for the rest of the year. 
 
Hannity: But let me -- let me ask the question from this perspective, because there are hostile regimes and many hostile actors on the world stage. You’ve got a hostile regime in Russia, hostile act of Vladimir Putin, hostile regime in China, President Xi, you dealt with him a lot.
 
Trump: I know him well.
 
Hannity: Kim Jong-un, the mullahs in Iran, looks like Joe’s already capitulated on that. Now, you know them well enough. I’m sure they’re studying Joe Biden. Do you -- knowing what you know, things that I wouldn’t know, are you concerned about their perception over an American president that seems somewhat frail and weak?
 
Trump: Well, something’s going on because they never did this with me, that I can tell you. Nobody was tougher on Russia. And frankly, getting along with Vladimir Putin is a good thing. And i got along with him very well. 
 
The relationship was very good, very strong. But they never encircled Ukraine. And they never in Taiwan, China, they never sent warships all over the place like they're doing now. It looks very serious going on with Taiwan. 
 
And that’s a long way away. That’s 9,000 miles away. They are right next to it. That’s like, I mean, it’s like very close. So now there something’s going on with Taiwan. Something maybe is going on with Ukraine. This never was a big subject when I was president.
 
Hannity: Wasn’t at all.
 
Trump: As far as North Korea’s concerned, I have a great relationship with a certain man that’s got great power over North Korea. And you take a look at Kim Jong-un and the relationship that i developed, that’s a good thing, not a bad thing. Getting along with President Putin is a great thing. 
 
You know, we should be doing business with Russia. We should be getting along with Russia instead of forcing Russia to go into the hands of China. The worst thing you could do is put China and Russia together. And they're together. And they get forced together. 
 
The Russian hoax was very, very bad for the relationship that we would have with Russia. But i get along well with Putin. I got along well with president Xi until the COVID came in, or the China virus or whatever you want to call it. When that came in, it was a whole. 
 
But we had a -- we made a great trade deal. Our farmers are making more money than they’ve ever made. Wheat prices are the highest they’ve ever been. They're doing great because China’s made so much -- this was the trade deal that we made. But after COVID, trade just didn’t seem that important to me. And we did other things but it was too bad.
 
Hannity: Let me go to one of your signature issues, from the first day, the day you came down the escalator. And that had to do with immigration. You instituted policies, stay in Mexico policy. It worked. You built I think by the end over 450 miles of new border wall.
 
Trump: Yeah.
 
Hannity: Obviously walls work.
 
Trump: Worked.
 
Hannity: Then of course, you ended the practice with catch and release. Now we see the exact opposite. You’ve seen these images on TV. I say they're Biden’s cages. I mean, the media went nuts about all Trump is putting children in cages. It turned out Joe Biden and Barack Obama built those cages. And the images were from 2014, not 2018. 
 
My question is this, imagine -- well, first of all, the -- your overall take on how dangerous this is. And number two, imagine if you’re president and you have these are trump’s cages overflowing with kids in the middle of a pandemic that with a high positivity of COVID, what do you think the media -- because there’s been virtual silence on a lot of the aspects. I would -- I would argue if it was a daycare center, you’d be shut down and charged with child abuse. 
 
Trump: They would not stand for it. And they’re playing it down as much as they can play it down. It’s a horrible situation, could destroy our country. 
 
People are pouring in. But you’ll see something as the months go by like you’ve never seen before. Already it’s like you’ve never seen before. There’s never been anything like what’s happened at our border. And people are coming in by the tens of thousands. 
 
They’re walking in. They -- we had -- all they had to do was leave it alone. If he’d left it alone, we were setting record positive numbers. And people would have to come in legally. And, you know, the other thing that people don’t talk about you, human trafficking and drugs. That’s double, triple, then quadruples coming in because that’s pouring in right now. Drugs are pouring in. 
 
We had it so tight, we were doing so well. All he had to do was leave it alone. Stay in Mexico was a big deal. You know, that wasn’t easy to get. We went through court systems. We went through everything. 
 
The wall, getting the wall built and the wall we -- we’re up to almost 500 miles and completing it was very easy. That was going to be just routine. It would have been done routinely. The contracts were already there, the materials there, it was going to be done very quickly. 
 
And we got delayed for two-and-a-half years because we were sued by Nancy Pelosi and congress not to build the wall. I wanted to see if we want all of this as we want everything. And then they don’t finish the wall. 
 
The wall is imperative. All of the things that go with the wall, the technology that goes into the wall and with the wall is so imperative. We had it down to a number that nobody could believe. And then all of the sudden I hear this -- now, here’s something else that – I stopped money going to three countries and then you have Mexico, where i have a great relationship with the president -- he’s actually a great guy. Different philosophy but a great guy. 
 
He put 28,000 -- free of charge, 28,000 soldiers on our border to stop people from coming in. And if you look at Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, we were giving them $500 million a year. But they weren’t letting us take back these incredible -- whether it’s MS-13, the -- these horrible people, gangsters, drug lords, horrible. They wouldn’t let them come back. 
 
So I stopped paying them and I said, how much are we paying them, $500 million. That was very early on. And as soon as I stopped payment, they called us, we would love to have MS-13 back in our country. They wouldn’t let us -- if a plane was flying over, they’d block the runways. If buses came in, they wouldn’t let you into the country. So we couldn’t get anybody back. Now we just bring them back. 
 
He ended that. Now what he’s doing is they want to give billions -- not $500 million -- they want to give billions and billions of dollars to these countries. I get along with all three of them -- with the top people, all three of them. But they’re going to be taking in billions and billions of dollars. And what’s going to happen is that money’s going to go to people that they have to bring people into our country. 
 
One other thing, they’re sending us not their best people. They are sending us people that, in many cases, not in all cases, are murders, drug dealers, human traffickers, and really bad -- rapists, really bad people. They’re sending us people from their prisons. Those people are coming into our country. 
 
And of course, that’s just common sense because all you have to do is take a look at what happened in the case of Cuba, take a look at what happened in the case of other countries. But the three countries, you have really some unbelievably dangerous people coming into our country. 
 
They’re not vetted. You talk about COVID, you talk about all of -- that’s one thing. But they’re not vetted from a criminal standpoint so we have murders and rapists coming into our country. And they’re just walking in. 
 
And just to finalize it, we have people from Yemen and the middle east coming in. And they’re coming in at numbers -- now, they can’t come in through the airports. They can’t get on a plane. And we had the policy, the ban -- we had a ban which was a great thing, from very dangerous countries. 
 
They’re ending the ban. They’ve already ended it, so that people can come in from dangerous countries. But if you take a look at what’s happening with the Middle East, many people from the Middle East are coming in through our southern border alongside of Mexico. 
 
What they’re doing is insane. They’re going to destroy our country. 
 
Hannity: Let me ask this. He’s so -- Joe Biden’s been in Washington 50 years. He’s the ultimate swamp creature. Ok. Let’s look at Georgia’s law. They have 17 days of early, in-person voting. 
 
Every single county has a drop box. There are no drop boxes in Delaware. There’s no early voting in Delaware. Both states require voter ID. So now he’s saying to the people of Georgia, this is Jim Crow 2.0. And I’m looking -- I’m listening to this. 
 
And I’m like what did you ever do to make voting easier in your state. The answer is he did nothing. And then he’s using this incendiary racial language in the process. What’s your reaction to that? 
 
Trump: My reaction is the Georgia bill is far too weak. 
 
Hannity: It needs what? What would you like --
 
Trump: It’s just where you have to have signature verification. 
 
They don’t have it. Why don’t they have signature verification? You want matching. You want matching signatures. They have many things that they didn’t put in. Look, what happened is the governor and others were afraid to be called racists. 
 
So they gave a very weak bill. And they’re called racists anyway. They had a much stronger bill a few weeks before this one came out.
 
The governor, what he did, is so -- is so sad. You had a much stronger bill in Georgia. Now Texas is -- has got a very strong but fair bill but you have signature matching -- 
 
Hannity: So does Florida. So does Ohio. 
 
Trump: All of the states that we won were properly run. Look, Florida was properly run. Ohio was properly run. South Carolina was properly run. By the way, North Carolina, democrat governor, we won that. You know, that’s always very tough to win. 
 
Hannity: Right. 
 
Trump: And we won it very nicely. Properly run and they happen to have a democrat governor in all fairness. 
 
Hannity: But how does a guy -- that -- whose state has far more restrictive voting laws get 200 corporations, Hollywood stars, major league baseball, they all -- they all leave. And if you look at his history of racial rhetoric. He partnered with a former Klansman to stop the integration of schools because he didn’t want schools, his words not mine, to become racial jungles. 
 
Now, imagine if Donald Trump had ever said that while partnered with a former Klansman. What would they react --
 
Trump: The Democrats play a far tougher game than Republicans. The Democrats have horrible policy. No borders, defund the police, sanctuary cities, I mean, --
 
Hannity: By the way, defund the police is now literally --
  
Trump: -- Thank goodness, the Republicans. You have defund -- well now, they don’t want to give anything to the police. They’re actually getting worse instead of better. And you look at the crime rates in these democrat-run cities, it’s, I mean, they’re going up by hundreds -- I don’t know if you’ve seen what’s going on in New York. I love New York. Do you see what’s going on in New York? 
 
Hannity: I’m stupid. I still live there. You’re smart. You moved here. You know, New York income tax state and city, 15 percent. 
 
Trump: Yes. 
 
Hannity: On top of the new federal rates. Ok. We’ve got to take a break. All right. Sit tight. Much more with President Trump right after this break as we continue. We’re in Mar-a-Lago. We’re in Palm Beach, Florida. Thanks for being with us. 
 
COMMERCIAL BREAK
 
Hannity: Welcome to Hannity, as we continue, as we're broadcasting from Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, where we are joined for the hour, President Donald Trump is with us. 
 
I want to go to this next question. I want to talk about the future. There is the trump agenda, the "Make America Great" agenda.  
 
Trump: Right.
 
Hannity: I’ll sum it up, because I think it's -- this will define 2022 and 2024. Very simple, more liberty, more freedom, of belief in the constitution, lower taxes, less bureaucracy, constitutionalists on the bench. You want secure borders, legal immigration, energy independence. You believe in law and order, safety and security for every American. Simple stuff. School choice. 
 
Trump: Right. 
 
Hannity: Free and fair trade. 
 
Trump: Right. 
 
Hannity: And, what? Peace through strength, what am I missing? 
 
Trump: Many other things. The big thing is taxes, low taxes. 
 
Hannity: Low taxes. 
 
Trump: Big -- you're going to have the biggest tax increase you've ever seen. Pro-life. Second amendment. So many different things that, look, we got 75 million votes. It's more than any sitting president in history by far. The word was if we got 65 to 66, you know, we got 63 the first time and won. If you got 65 to 66, there was no way you lost. We got more votes, we got 12 million more votes than we got -- and it has never happened to another president. 
 
I don't know if you know, Sean, usually in a second term a president gets less votes. I got 12 million more. It's the biggest that's ever happened in history, from 63 to 75. Never happened before. And all of these things. 
 
But more important than popular, did great things for this country. They're going to rip apart your Second Amendment. They're doing things to this country that Bernie Sanders would have said impossible. And I don't know if Joe knows what's going on with it, because I think you have a cabal, you have a group of people that are sitting around a table just saying do this, do this, do this. They're giving him these things to sign. It's hard to believe.  
 
Now we're going to take back the house in '22. We have a real chance. We were supposed to lose 25 seats. I got involved. I called 56 different districts. And we ended up picking up 16 instead of losing 25. 
 
Hannity: All 27 toss-up races before the election went Republican. All 27. 
 
Trump: Every single -- and we didn't lose one seat. 
 
Hannity: Ok. So here's my broader question. And I ...
 
Trump: Which has never happened before. 
 
Hannity: Ok. So I laid out the "Make America Great Again" agenda. "America First," "Make America Great Again." your agenda. I'd add to that free market solutions for health care. 
 
Trump: Yes. 
 
Hannity: Protecting pre-existing conditions, that's another issue. 
 
Trump: But they want to take away your health care. Your health care and...
  
Hannity: ... Obamacare.
 
Trump: think of it, which is terrible. And by the way, we did a good job with Obamacare. I was given a choice very early on, because we had people voting against, a couple of republicans, the republicans have to unify. The democrats are always -- they may have bad policy, but they don't -- you don't have a Romney, you don't have a little Ben Sasse, you don't have these people over there. You have...
 
Hannity: Or Lisa Murkowski.  
 
Trump: Lisa Murkowski is a disaster. I mean, she's a total disaster. And we've done so much, and I didn't do it for her, but so much if you look, Anwr, in Alaska, the great highway that they've been looking to build for years. So many different things. I got a train going into Canada and ultimately the United States, a railroad. We've done so much for Alaska. And much more than that, I always say never has anyone done so much for so little.  
 
Hannity: So let's lay out what I listed as the cliffs notes version of what your agenda has been...
 
Trump: Pretty set to what you're...
 
Hannity: Ok. So now we've got elections coming up. You're right, the tiniest margin that they have in the House. 
 
Trump: Well, Nancy Pelosi almost lost her job over it. 
 
Hannity: Right. 
 
Trump: She was supposed to be up 30, 35, 40. She's up only a few seats right now. And that was...
 
Hannity: So...
 
Trump: ... Because I called districts, having thousands and thousands of people on the phone. And I was making calls getting Congressmen elected. I said to Kevin McCarthy three things. Give me everyone that you think is going to lose. Give me everyone that you think is tied. And everybody that's going to win by a little bit. Also give me all of your new people. In other words, the new ones coming in, many of whom are women. 
 
I called all of them. And instead of losing 25 seats, we won 16. I mean, that's an incredible thing. 
 
Hannity: Can tell you a week before i called him, and he said he was very worried. So that was...
 
Trump: Oh we did that. I wasn't worried. 
 
Hannity: So...
 
Trump: when you get into a district and you have 20,000 people...
  
Trump: ... On a call, you don't have...
 
Hannity: This now gets down to that was your agenda. You're right. You went up, what, 12, 13 million more votes the second election than the first one. My question is...
 
Trump: Never happened before. 
 
Hannity: Well, but my question is, the ideas. There's one other sidebar factor is that it, I think, when I talk to people, they love the fact that Donald Trump fights. Ok. He makes promises. He keeps them. He fights for these principles I mentioned. Now the question is, for 2022 we have the House, but then you have, look at these states, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Ohio, Arizona. These are the biggest bellwethers for what -- and I would argue probably a precursor or preview of coming attractions for 2024. 
 
My question is this. Is this, should this now be the Republican Party agenda? Should anybody that wants to run for the House or the Senate, should they take this "Make America Great" Agenda and fight for those things that you fought for the four years you were president? 
 
Trump: If they want to win, yes. We've expanded the Republican Party. You've seen. I mean, the Texas border, we have the biggest Hispanic vote since -- as the governor said to me, he called me up, great governor, he said since reconstruction. I said, you're talking about civil war, right? He said, since civil war. If you want to win and win big, you have to do that. You have to do it. 
 
Now let me just say, I talked about the House. So we were supposed to lose 25, we won 16...
  
Hannity: Let me stop you here. 
 
Trump: If I didn't get involved in the Senate, you would have lost at least eight senators. You would be right now -- if I didn't get involved, you would be 60 to 40 with the Democrats leading.  And governorships are huge. We just endorsed, as you know, Sarah Huckabee. She’s going to do fantastically well.
  
Hannity: I’ve endorsed her
 
Trump: Most people dropped out of the race and she’s leading by a lot. We’ve endorsed a lot of senate candidates, Mo brooks in Alabama. He just went up 41 points and it looks like he’s got clear sailing like everybody.
 
Hannity: Marco Rubio.
 
Trump: Marco, many, many people, look, many people. And I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel. I’m not looking to say, well, we want super conservative, only Trump. I also want them to win after the primaries. But I’m at 128 and two when I endorse people, 128 and two. 
 
And if you go back earlier than that, we’re at a much even higher number. When we endorse them, it means something, not just for the primaries but for the general election. So we have great people running. We have some great people that are going to be announcing. We have tremendous people.
 
Hannity: Well, here is what I want to know. If the Republican party did get a little tougher, the agenda I spelled out, liberty, freedom, first, second amendment, constitutionals on the bench, low taxes, less bureaucracy, energy independence, tester of strength, border security, legal immigration, free and fair trade. 
 
If every Republican running ran on that agenda and made a promise to fight hard to implement that agenda, it seems to me based on the number of votes you got in 2020, that that would be a winning formula. My question is will you help them formulate that narrative? I don’t think it’s that complicated.
 
Trump: It’s not compli- -- it’s common sense. You know it’s like it should be the party of common sense, because all of the things we talk about are common sense. You need people that can lead, that have a vision, that have personality. Otherwise, the clock is just -- the clock is ticking. Sean, we have much better policy. Second amendment. If we -- low taxes.
  
Hannity: By the way
 
Trump: -- Regulation, you didn’t mention, regulation.
 
You know, I cut taxes more than any president’s ever cut taxes. But there was another thing I cut
 
Hannity: They wanted to regulate --  
 
Trump: Regulation.
 
Hannity: Bureaucratic regulation.
 
Trump: Regulation I think was more important --  
 
And you know who a big beneficiary of that is? Biden. Because I cut so much. It used to take 20 years to get a highway approved. Now you can do it in a very short period of time.
 
Hannity: Let me -- let me take a break. I want to come back. There’s a lot of issues involving warp speed, the vaccine, COVID, why some states did well, some other didn’t, Dr. Fauci. We’ll get to all of that. More with President Trump on the other side as we continue.  Beautiful Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, as Hannity continues. 
 
COMMERICAL BREAK
 
Hannity: Welcome back to Hannity. As we continue with President Donald Trump, we’re at Mar-a-Lago.
 
Hannity: All right. So Operation Warp Speed didn’t get us one but it got us three vaccines. The -- we’ve been able -- that’s never happened before, 200 million doses now, have gone out to Americans, vaccinations. 
 
Trump: Right. 
 
Hannity: Ok. That means a lot of lives are saved. You were criticized about -- about the travel ban 10 days after the first case of COVID. About a year ago, Dr. Fauci was saying, oh masks don’t work. In March of last year, so he said. Then you have Cuomo and Murphy and Wolf and Whitmer, signing these executive actions sending COVID patients to nursing homes. 
 
Now in New York, you sent the navy hospital ship, converted it for COVID, converted the Javitz Center for COVID. You built the hospitals, manned the hospitals, provided all the ventilators, PPE, glass, gloves, gowns, masks, ventilators that everybody needed. Eighty percent of those beds were never used. And they were sent back to the nursing homes. 
 
Trump: If they would have used Javitz Center, if they would have used this great massive hospital ship, all the things that we did for them, you would have saved 16,000 lives, maybe more than that. 
 
Hannity: Why did Operation Warp Speed work so well? What was the -- was it that you were financially backing up these pharmaceutical companies that they’re not going to experience massive losses? 
 
Trump: So two things. First of all, we did a great job in getting gowns and masks and all of the different equipment that we were building equipment, complex equipment, the most complex, getting it out to the states because the cupboards were bare in the states. And I inherited bare cupboards. 
 
It was nothing -- we had practically nothing in this country. And now it’s been totally rebuilt. We did a great job. We got very little credit for the great job we’ve done. And then, as you know, federalist, it should be up to the governors. 
 
Some governors were fantastic. I could write a great book. Some were less than fantastic and some were absolutely terrible. But we, like Ron did a great job. Texas did a great job. There’s so many -- I mean I could go --
 
Hannity: Most red states. 
 
Trump: It’s really interesting, isn’t it though? I mean, they did a really great job. 
 
Hannity: Yes. 
 
Trump:  The most locked down state in the whole country is Michigan and Michigan is the worst in our country. 
 
Hannity: How did you get warp speed? What -- what was -- what was the mandate that -- that pushed these companies to do something that had never been done before? 
 
Trump: So I was told by Dr. Fauci and by many people, the quickest you're going to have a vaccine is three years, and it could be five years, and it could be longer than that. And you could also not have it at all. And nobody -- and then I got involved. I said, that's ridiculous. And I got involved with the FDA, nobody has ever pushed -- they hate me. They hate me so badly and I understand it. And...
  
Hannity: There's a list of people that hate you. 
 
Trump: No, no. I...
 
Hannity: But you're ok what that. 
  
Trump: And that’s ok. Look, we're helping people. I will say, you know, we're saving tens of millions of people with the vaccine. So I pushed them. They had all these statutory periods. 
 
They had to go a certain speed. We got it done in less than nine months. It would have taken minimum three years, would have probably gone five years. I don't think they would have ever had it. 
 
Hannity: Didn't you back them up financially as well? 
 
Trump: Yes. Ok. Then I did two things. I backed the companies up financially. And Pfizer didn't want to admit it. And they had to retract their statement. You know, Pfizer is really in, ok?  
 
I'll give you a little breaking news. Pfizer is in with the FDA. And what the FDA did with Johnson & Johnson is so stupid. You know, they all want me to do a commercial because a lot of our people don't want to take vaccine. You know, i don't know what that is exactly, republican, I don't know what it is.  
 
Hannity: You encourage people to get it.
 
Trump: I encourage them to take it, i do. But they want me to make a video...
 
Hannity: Did you get it? 
 
Trump: They wanted -- yes, I did. They wanted – I had it and I took it, ok? 
 
Hannity: You got both. 
 
Trump: Because I believe. So here's the thing. They want me to do a commercial saying take the vaccine. 
 
And they think that's very important and I’d certainly do it. But then I call them, I say, let me ask you a question, we just did something, six people out of eight million people, somebody said that Tylenol, women's birth control will cause far more -- six people... 
 
Hannity: Out of seven million.
 
Trump: ... Experienced some difficulty. Six people. And that's too bad. It's terrible. But they paused it. That's the worst thing you could have done from a public relations standpoint. They paused Johnson & Johnson vaccine. And it probably even affects the other vaccines a little bit. But they paused it. Had a devastating impact. 
 
I said, they want me to do a commercial, some commercial. And they do this pause, now, here's your breaking news. They love Pfizer. They get along with Pfizer so well. And Pfizer doesn't like me because I put favored nations on prescription drugs. And favored nations will mean, if Biden stays with what I did...  
 
Hannity: They get the lowest price. 
 
Trump: -- It's in the courts now. It will mean we have the lowest prices. We have the highest prices in the world by far. And in fact last year, I got them to be slightly lower. But just first time it has happened in 32 years. But here's the thing -- 52 years. 
 
Hannity: Yeah. 
 
Trump: But here is the thing, I put a favored nation, so Pfizer and all these drug companies disliked me also. 
 
You know, I can be liked by everybody. But i won't be doing a good job. So I put favored nations, because you have countries that pay a tiny fraction for the exact same pill made in the exact same factory that comes in the exact same box. 
 
Now what I did, Sean, is put a favored nation, meaning the United States will pay whatever the price is of the lowest nation in the world. The drug companies went crazy. They spent a lot of money. And they did something else. They got together...
 
Hannity: They're our companies, why are they charging us more? 
 
Trump: They got together with the FDA. And before the election -- they knew we had the answer -- before the election – 
 
Hannity: They knew they had the vaccine. 
 
Trump: -- Funny thing we have the vaccine, it works, 95 percent, all this. They waited two days after the election, Pfizer did that with the FDA. 
 
Now the FDA, a lot of bureaucrats, but they've been there for a long time. And they'll be there for a long time. But they were very slow. And they've been very slow. So Pfizer got together -- and I’ll tell you something, I think it's very suspect is what they did with Johnson & Johnson, because the only people that are happy about that are Pfizer and Moderna. The only people that are happy about that because what they did is a terrible, terrible thing. 
 
Hannity: When I come back, I want to know what level of involvement you will have for elections in 2022. I'll ask you the question, what your plans might be for 2024.  We're with Donald Trump on the other side.
 
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Hannity: All right. As we continue from Mar-a-Lago, my exclusive interview with the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump.
 
I want to know this question. What are your plans for -- to help for 2022?
 
Trump: We are going to help with the House. I think we have a really good chance. I’m working with everybody including Kevin McCarthy in taking back the house. I think we have a really good chance in doing it. Likewise, the Senate’s going to be a little bit tougher. 
 
But the Senate -- so I -- I tell you that at least eight senators would have lost their race. I could name them but I don’t want to embarrass them but that includes Mitch, who is heading south. He called me up. He said, I need your help. And I’m very popular in Kentucky. I love Kentucky. And they love me. And I helped him and he won by the most he’s ever won by. So we are going to help with the senate.
 
Hannity: Ok.
 
Trump: And I think we have a good chance --
 
Hannity: You got Marco Rubio. I hear Herschel’s name mentioned a lot in Georgia. I hear Lara Trump’s name mentioned a lot in North Carolina. Sununu in New Hampshire, I think he can win that race. 
 
Trump: I think so, too. 
 
Hannity: Ron Johnson in Wisconsin. 
 
Trump: Ron Johnson’s a great --
 
Hannity: -- Been a great senator. 
 
Trump: He is a great -- he is much more popular than anybody understands. 
 
Hannity: We don’t know who’s going to run in Ohio but these are all --
 
Trump: We have some good candidates in Ohio. 
 
Hannity: So --
 
Trump: I think we have a real chance at the senate. I think we have a really, really good chance.
 
Hannity: Well, tell me what -- how far you are willing to go? 
 
Trump: No, I’m going – 
 
Hannity: Are you going to travel? Are you going to do speeches? Are you going to do rallies for these candidates? 
 
Trump: If they need a rally, we’ll do a rally. We’ll do calls. We’ll do all sorts of things. No, no, we’re all in. Alabama’s going to be a tremendous win with Mo Brooks. 
  
Hannity: Mo Brooks. 
 
Trump: We have a tremendous -- look, almost everybody I endorse wins. We had a House seat in Louisiana, wonderful woman. You know, just happened. Her husband died of COVID. He was congressman-elect. 
 
And she is -- Julia -- she was fantastic. But a lot of people thought she might not get in the run-off. I endorsed her. She got 65 percent of the vote. There was no runoff. It’s very important that we get the right people. And that means in the senate. It means in the House. And it also means in governorships because if you have a good governor --
 
Hannity: And legislature, state legislature. 
 
Trump: Well, that’s so important. You know the legislatures have --
 
Hannity: That’s where they’re going to fix the voting issues. 
 
Trump: We had a lot of great legislators. Unfortunately, the courts refused to listen, even though it’s in the Constitution that they have to. The courts have been very --
 
Hannity: H.R. 1, I argue usurps the constitutional authority of state legislatures. Now the big question. Do -- two parts. What do you miss the most about being in the White House? And how seriously are you considering running again in 2024?
 
Trump: I miss the most helping people because I can directly help people. That’s why I did it. Hey, look, this has been a very traumatic -- I had a great life, great company, great business, no problems. 
 
And now, all I do is people go after you. It’s vicious. It’s horrible. But you know what, I love doing it because I help people. And I’ve helped them more than any president with the cutting of taxes, with the regulations, with right to try. Do you know how big right to try is? 
 
Hannity: You’re proud of all of this. Huge. 
 
Trump: Where you don’t have to travel to all sorts of different continents to try and get something? We have the greatest doctors, the world’s greatest labs. We can use their medicines now. If somebody’s terminally ill, they can sign a quick little document. You can use it and that’s had a huge --
 
Hannity: What are you most proud of though? 
 
Trump: A lot of things. I’m very proud of the tax cuts. I hope they don’t screw it up because the jobs, you know, we brought back the --
 
Hannity: They’re going to screw it up. 
 
Trump: -- record -- I think so. We brought back a record, well it’s still not going to be as high as it was. You know, it’s really 39 percent. 
 
Hannity: Right.
 
Trump: So it looks like it could be a 25 percent. I brought it down to 21. But I’m very proud of that. I’m very proud of the -- and very importantly the regulations. I’m very proud of what i did for the military. I’ve rebuilt the military. 
 
And I’ve added something called Space Force. It’s going to be so powerful, so important. So I’ve added another, think of it, I’ve added to the military. Hasn’t happened since, I guess 75 years since the Air Force. We’ve added --
 
Hannity: And the economy pre- COVID. Record low unemployment --
  
Trump: -- Space Force. We have the greatest numbers in the history of the world. We had the greatest economy in history of the world. We had the greatest economy. We had the greatest job numbers. We had the greatest -- we’re up to 160 million people. 
 
We were never even close to that. And if you think of it, I did it twice because then the whole world went down. We’ve come back stronger than any other country in the world. You know, they used to hit me with Germany and France or this or that. 
 
Well, they’re doing terribly right now. They’re all locked down. It’s a disaster. They’re having riots on their streets. This country is coming back strong. And it is very interesting. Places like Florida and Texas and many others, I mean, I could name many others. I think in almost all cases run by republicans, I think in all cases, but they’ve done so well. 
 
And you look, I saw the other day in Michigan. I would say there’s been nothing as close other than for her husband who is, you know, had free run of the place. I don’t think that there’s been any state more locked up than Michigan. 
 
Hannity: It’s a disaster. It’s one of the worst. 
 
Trump: It’s a disaster. It’s the worst in the United States right now. 
 
Hannity: Are you running again in 2024? What are the odds? If I were to ask... 
 
Trump: That's like a long time. The odds, the odds, what are the odds? Look...
 
Hannity: The odds...
 
Trump: I got tremendous numbers. Nobody has ever gotten the numbers I got. No sitting president has come even close. There's more popularity now than there was the day before the election because they see how bad things are at the border. 
 
They see what's going on. They see that their guns are going to be gone, their second amendment. Their taxes are going up. Regulations are going through the roof. Jobs are going to go out. 
 
What you see -- you know, this is going to take a little while to show. But if they add all these regulations back, the jobs are going to be gone. Your energy independence is going to be gone. So I say this, I am looking at it very seriously, beyond seriously. From a legal standpoint, I don't want to really talk about it yet, it's a little too soon.  
 
Hannity: If you did run and did win, what would you do differently? 
 
Trump: When I came in, we were hit with phony Russia, Russia, Russia investigations. It was a total phony deal. 
 
Hannity: That was three years of your presidency. 
 
Trump: I’ve been fighting off investigations for five years, I mean, really, since the -- almost the day that we came down. And they were corrupt Democrat-inspired -- I still have it. They were Democrat-inspired investigations. Russia, I remember, Sean, and I don't have too much time, I guess, with you, but a story think it's interesting. 
 
I haven't told it before, but during the campaign in 2016, I’d be asked by one our aides, sir, do you have anything to do with Russia? I say, no, no. That would d be it. Then a month later, somebody would say, what do you know about Russia? 
 
And I said, now, what? I don't know what you're talking about. Ok. I wouldn't think of it. Then after three or four or five times, people would say, do you know anything about Russia? I kept saying, no. After three or four times, I said, what's going on with Russia? 
 
They created a phony deal. It was paid for by Hillary -- crooked Hillary Clinton.  
 
Hannity: They made a phony Russian disinformation dossier. 
 
Trump: Destroyed – 
 
Hannity: And they used it to spy on you as a candidate...
 
Trump: Right, right. 
 
Hannity: ... Your transition team, and while you were president. It says at the top of a FISA warrant, "verified." it was unverifiable. And they knew it. 
 
Trump: Seventeen times. 
 
Hannity: They knew it right from the get-go. They knew they were warned beforehand, and they knew it, certainly, from Christopher Steele and the sub-source by January...
 
Trump: It was a total fraud. 
 
Hannity: Yeah. 
 
Trump: And you know what it did? It hurt any possibility of dealing with Russia. We could have -- we could have had a good -- look, they'll say, oh, he loves Russia. Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Getting along with China is a good thing. The problem we had with China was COVID, because nobody ever took out so much money from China. 
 
You know, if you look at China, I was taking tens of billions of dollars of tariffs from China. And our farmers were doing great. The reason they were doing great was because of the tariffs I was able to sign a great deal for our farmers. 
 
But getting along with these countries, getting along with the Kim Jong-un of North Korea, when I came in, President Obama said, and I think this was very public, the biggest problem we have is North Korea, there's going to be war. There is no war. We got along great. He writes me letters.  
  
Trump: I like him. He likes me. There's nothing wrong with that. I got along great with President Putin. I liked him. He liked me. That's a good thing, not a bad thing. They made up this phony hoax just recently which came out two days ago that it was a total phony Russian...
 
Hannity: It was a big deal in the campaign. 
 
Trump: No, but you know what it does? It keeps you away from these countries, from dealing economically. We could have made a lot of money. They have great natural resources. We could've made a lot of money and done well in jobs and everything else. 
 
Getting along with Russia is a good thing. Getting along with these countries is a good thing, not a bad thing.
 
Hannity: If I’m only going to bet, there’s probably a lineup now. It sounds like you’re running. It sounds like you haven’t lost any engagement. 
 
You’ve been very generous with your time.
 
Trump:  Thank you very much.
 
Hannity:  Mr. President, thank you.
 
Trump:  Thank you.
 
Hannity: All right. And thank all of your for taking the time to be with us.
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