Trump on the Issues - Part 2

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HANNITY: Obama wouldn't do it because he didn't want any environmental damage.

HEGSETH: I think Trump would be willing to.

HANNITY: Of course he would.

HEGSETH: And the American people would rally to defeating the caliphate.

HANNITY: Walid, I think that's a good point. Obama wouldn't do it. He's -- you know, he -- he did little pinpricks. There was no overwhelming use of force. Then there was concern about, well, there might be environmental damage if we bomb the oil wells and take their money away.

DR. WALID PHARES, FOX NEWS MIDDLE EAST ANALYST: That was another concern, Sean. The reality is the Obama administration could have destroyed ISIS if it wanted. We have the best military in the world. It's Iran that didn't want this to happen because they wanted to seize those areas. This is where a Trump administration is going to have a different strategy. We and our allies will destroy ISIS. Details will come later, but we're going to make sure that the Iranians or another jihadi group is not going to come after and say, oh, it's the day after that we need to think about.

HANNITY: All right, guys. Thank you all for being with us. Good to see you. Pete, congrats on the book.

And coming up tonight next here on HANNITY --

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DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: You have millions of people out there that can't get jobs. We're going to bring our jobs back to our country. And we're not going to let people leave so easily anymore.

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HANNITY: Donald Trump is a very successful businessman and he promises if elected that he'll bring back jobs from Mexico, he'll fix the economy. Coming up next, Charles Gasparino, Nicole Petallides, Gerri Willis will weigh in on Trump's plans as this special edition of HANNITY continues.

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I'm Kelly Wright. Now back to HANNITY.

HANNITY: Welcome back to this special edition of "HANNITY, Road to the White House, Donald Trump on the Issues." Now, if Trump does become president, he's going to have to do a lot of work to fix America's broken economy of course caused by years of Obama's failed policies. Here's where Trump stands on this very important issue. Let's take a look.

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TRUMP: We're going to bring back our jobs and we're going to keep our jobs. We're not going to let companies leave. Now, if they want to go to a different state, good luck. Compete. But when they start going to different countries that in many cases are countries that devalue their currency and make it impossible for our companies to compete, that's not going to happen.

You have millions of people out there that can't get jobs. We're going to bring our jobs back to our country. And we're not going to let people leave so easily anymore.

We're bringing our jobs back to this country, and companies that want to leave, they're going to have to pay the consequences. I mean, if they want to leave for Mexico and going to make product and sell it, they're going to have to pay the consequences, which in this case is going to be taxes. They're going to have to pay a tax if they want to come back into the country.

With me, they're paying a 35 percent tax as soon as they leave, folks. And they're never going to leave.

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HANNITY: Joining us from the FOX business network, Charles Gasparino, Nicole Petallides and Gerri Willis. By the way, I got a chance to read and endorse a brand new book "Rich is not a Four-Letter Word" out now in bookstores and Amazon.com. It really isn't.

I look at this economic plan. I like the idea we become energy independent, we create millions of jobs, it's good for our national security. You let all of these multinational corporations that have trillions or billions of dollars, I think trillions, about $2 trillion or $3 trillion, overseas, bring it back at a low tax rate, build manufacturing centers and factories. Good idea?

GERRI WILLIS, "RICH IS NOT A FOUR-LETTER WORD" AUTHOR: He wants a 15 percent corporate tax rate.

HANNITY: Right, lower tax rate.

WILLIS: In order to bring it way, way down, he wants to bring down individual tax rates. The top tax rate would be 25 percent. This would turn a lot of money over to the private sector, a lot of money over to individuals. This would cause the economy to grow and grow dramatically, one percent a year. Over ten years -- you say Gerri, that's not much, but over ten years that's 10 percent growth.

HANNITY: And Nicole, Obama is the last quarter, 0.5 percent. He's the only president in eight years that will never reach three percent growth in a year.

NICOLE PETALLIDES, FOX BUSINESS NETWORK: I can tell that I talk to all the Wall Street traders all the time. As a matter of fact today I talked to several of them just about this segment alone asking about Trump's policies and what do they think. And you know what, they embrace it. They want a political maverick. They want someone to make some changes.

They're willing to take obviously some challenges and some obviously risk with this, but they mike what they're seeing. They like what Gerri just noted, 15 percent from 40 percent. They like getting rid of the inversions, bringing back $2.5 trillion back to the States.

HANNITY: That's a lot of money.

PETALLIDES: We don't want to be Japan.

HANNITY: There's a critic in the corner, Gasparino.

CHARLES GASPARINO, FOX BUSINESS NETWORK: I'm the voice of reason. Let's be clear, there's a difference between the few traders that are left on the floor of the stock exchange and most major investors.

PETALLIDES: He likes to note that.

GASPARINO: No, no.

PETALLIDES: Go ahead.

GASPARINO: Most major investors are scared to death of Donald Trump. They're scared to death --

PETALLIDES: OK, about John -- go ahead.

GASPARINO: How about Paul Singer. How much money could John --

PETALLIDES: All right, here's the point. Monetary policy versus --

GASPARINO: No, no. Listen, a trade war. One of the basics that has allowed our economy to grow in good times, forget the Obama administration. You're comparing him to the largest midget in the room when it's President Obama's economy, has been free trade. Donald Trump wants to start a trade war with China.

HANNITY: That's not what he said at all.

GASPARINO: I'm sure he does. He wants 45 percent -- 45 percent tariffs.

HANNITY: I'm listening to you and you guys are talking about rich Wall Street guys. Here's the problem.

GASPARINO: Right.

HANNITY: And 20 percent of American families don't have a single person employed.

GASPARINO: How many jobs --

HANNITY: I'm not done. And 95 million Americans out of the labor force, 50 million in poverty.

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GASPARINO: Use your head, Sean. Use your head.

WILLIS: Americans are still suffering. This continues. Median incomes are down.

GASPARINO: Who doesn't know that?

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WILLIS: -- any policies to change this? I don't think so. Donald Trump does.

GASPARINO: Are you telling me repealing --

WILLIS: I'm not going to answer your questions. This is an important fact.

GASPARINO: Are you saying repealing NAFTA is going to bring factories back to upstate New York?

HANNITY: Fracking would bring jobs to upstate New York.

GASPARINO: I agree with that.

HANNITY: That's part of his policy to allow it.

GASPARINO: By repealing NAFTA, we'd be getting into a trade war --

HANNITY: That's not what he said. If you listen closely --

GASPARINO: Listen closely, 45 tariff?

HANNITY: Can I finish?

GASPARINO: Sure.

HANNITY: If you listen closely -- what he's saying, he's never given a percent that I heard.

GASPARINO: Yes, he has.

HANNITY: But what he has said is that he is going to negotiate better trade deals. There's a huge trade imbalance -- wait a minute. You try and sell an American car in China, good luck to you.

GASPARINO: We are selling cars in China.

HANNITY: No, we're not. We're getting rammed --

GASPARINO: Dealer sells 95 percent of their products overseas, not here. Engage in an overseas trade war.

HANNITY: They're engaged in one with us. We're just not fighting back.

PETALLIDES: I agree with Charlie. I've talked to a lot of people, they are nervous about that. But when you talk at home, when you're talking about Americans and concerns about lower income Americans, a single person who makes less than $25,000, a married couple who makes --

HANNITY: How about the people out of work that make nothing?

PETALLIDES: They're not going to have to pay anything. He simplifies the tax brackets from --

HANNITY: Wait a minute.

PETALLIDES: He's making it simpler.

HANNITY: The unbalance in the trade has resulted in less manufacturing, less factories in America, Americans out of work.

PETALLIDES: Right.

HANNITY: And then the Americans that are out of work now have to compete with illegal immigrants that drive down wages and take opportunities.

WILLIS: That's why Trump has been so popular and why he's gotten so much currency and why people are listening to him.

HANNITY: That's why he's won.

GASPARINO: Sean, here's your economic theory. Build a wall, only sell to ourselves. It ain't happening.

HANNITY: Why do you make this stuff up? You're out of your mind. That is not what I said. That's not what he says.

GASPARINO: Its' 45 percent tariffs.

HANNITY: Oh, my gosh.

WILLIS: I think he's going to end up working with other countries.

GASPARINO: He didn't say that.

PETALLIDES: What he's saying is --

HANNITY: He said he would negotiate better trade deals.

GASPARINO: Right.

HANNITY: Because there's such an imbalance. That imbalance has resulted in Americans losing jobs.

GASPARINO: If they manipulate the currency, like we manipulate, because we manipulate the currency --

HANNITY: They do it more than us.

GASPARINO: It's called quantitative easing.

HANNITY: That's really horrible. I can't stand quantitative easing.

WILLIS: He's done little thing, incentives to keep these companies here, at home. How about impoverished cities in Baltimore, have more incentives to stay there. He could be the greatest jobs person God ever created.

HANNITY: Go vote for Hillary. Go vote for Hillary.

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GASPARINO: By the way, Donald Trump didn't invent the tax cut. You do realize that?

HANNITY: John Kennedy did it. Let's see, Ronald Reagan did it.

GASPARINO: And Mitt Romney wanted to do it, and every Republican candidate. The difference between them and Donald Trump is he wants to engage in a trade war.

HANNITY: That's not what he said.

WILLIS: We don't want more regulation, either. We left out another point. How about more regulation?

HANNITY: He talked about remedying regulations.

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GASPARINO: Who doesn't want less regulation?

HANNITY: The only one not frustrating me here is Gerri. Gerri Willis' book right there "Rich is not a Four-Letter Word."

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GASPARINO: I agree with that.

WILLIS: "Jobs" is a four-letter word.

HANNITY: Up next on this special edition of HANNITY --

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TRUMP: I want high intellect. I want great intellect. These people are all of very high intellect. They're pro-life.

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HANNITY: Donald Trump, he kept his promise to conservatives. He released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees that he would pick from if elected president. That and more on this special edition of "HANNITY, Road to the White House, Donald Trump on the Issues" continues.

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HANNITY: Welcome back to this special edition of "HANNITY, Road to the White House, Donald Trump on the Issues." Earlier this month Trump released a list of possible Supreme Court nominees. On the day the names were made public, I spoke to the presumed nominee at his campaign headquarters in New York City. Here's some of the highlights.

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HANNITY: One of the top things I would ask you often is your judicial philosophy. You mentioned, as I said Scalia and Thomas. They are what we call originalists.

TRUMP: Right.

HANNITY: Constitutionalists.

TRUMP: Correct.

HANNITY: You are a constitutionalist.

TRUMP: Correct. Correct. And I also want high intellect, I want great intellect. These people are all of very high intellect. They're pro-life. And so that's my list. And we're going to choose from, most likely from this list. But at a minimum, we will keep people within this general realm.

And, again, I have a lot of people that are conservative that really like me, love everything I stand for but they really would like to know my view because, perhaps, outside of the defense of our country, perhaps the single most important thing the next president is going to have to do is pick Supreme Court justices.

HANNITY: Which will have an impact for generations to come.

TRUMP: Generations.

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HANNITY: Donald Trump's list of potential Supreme Court nominees has been getting a lot of praise from conservatives. Recently I spoke to Jay Sekulow from the American center of law and justice, and Carrie Severino, a member of the Federalist Society and chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network, and John Malcolm. He is director of the Edwin Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at Heritage about Donald Trump's list. Let's take a look.

Jay, I've talk to a lot of people that know the people on this list. Not one person has anything but high praise for this list.

JAY SEKULOW, AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE: This is a great list of potential nominees to the Supreme Court. You have got justices that have served with Justice Scalia as law clerk, Justice Thomas, Chief Justice Rehnquist. They come with broad and serious credentials. They have published opinions. They've served on the court for a number of years. You're not guessing where their judicial philosophy is emanating from. They understand the role of a justice of the Supreme Court is not to make law.

So I think no matter what anybody thinks, the fact of the matter is the lasting legacy of a president is often the Supreme Court of the United States. And I think you're looking at the next -- we know we have a vacancy. There may be several others. This is the Supreme Court for a couple of generations. There's a lot the stake. These nominees are great across the board. Not one in there you would not be happy to have.

HANNITY: And Jay, you say that as somebody who has argued a number of times before the Supreme Court.

SEKULOW: Yes.

HANNITY: Carrie, my understanding is Donald Trump did a lot of research. He checked in with the Heritage Foundation. He checked in with the Federalist Society. He ran the list of names by senators and other people. This was a pretty expensive vetting process. Are you happy with it?

CARRIE SEVERINO, JUDICIAL CRISIS: Yes. I think all the research really shows. He has the right people and he took some great advice. I love that he includes people that are often overlooked, like state Supreme Court justices, giving us a really good view of what they would really be like on a Supreme Court, because they've been in a state Supreme Court. Now you have an even better sense of how they might perform in a U.S. Supreme Court, because, as we know, it's a lifetime appointment. You want to make sure you get it right, someone with a really solid judicial philosophy and who has the courage to stand up under pressure.

HANNITY: I would say this, if I can, John, Republicans often get it wrong, Republican presidents. In other words, we're told that a justice, like John Roberts, is going to be an originalist. He disappointed a lot of people, including myself, especially in the Obamacare care ruling. So do you feel that this list would -- are you confident this list is no disappointments if in fact they got to the court?

JOHN MALCOLM, THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION: You could have added Earl Warren, William Brennan, and John Paul Stevens to that list.

HANNITY: That's true, OK, good points.

MALCOLM: Look, five of the names on the list were also on my list, which the Heritage Foundation published. The remaining six judges all appear to be very eminently qualified, men and women have a proper view of the modest role that a judge plays. We're going to interpret the text of statutes in the constitution based on the actual words themselves and not use them as empty vessels to pour in their personal or political biases.

These are eminently qualified people. And a Carrie just pointed out, six of them are sitting circuit court judges. Five of them are sitting state Supreme Court justices. And I might add that one of the ones on the circuit court spent time on the Wisconsin Supreme Court as well. These are men, women who very well qualified with a broad breadth of experience.

HANNITY: Well said. Do you see problems, Jay, for any of the 11 going up against Democrats, knowing that they play politics, Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, two names come to mind, with judicial picks?

SEKULOW: MaGillis Rodney (ph), remember what they did to him. And the fact of the matter is, look, I think you've got to keep control of the United States Senate. And that is going to be very important here because I think any one of these nominees, you're already seeing the left criticizing these individuals. Why? Because they know that they have a judicial philosophy that's more like Scalia, and that is what they don't want.

So I think we have to be prepared if Donald Trump is the president of the United States to defend these nominees aggressively. And that means you can't just win the presidency. You've got to maintain control of the Senate. It sure would be good to get 60 conservatives in that United States Senate to make sure you don't have a problem. Every one of these will be a fight worth taking.

HANNITY: Or you can follow Harry Reid, the new rules, and circumvent precedents, change them. Carrie, I think this is really important. As you look at this list of people, do you see any problems?

SEVERINO: You know, I don't. And I see the real strong contrast, for example, with what the president has put forward in Judge Garhand. He has a really bad record on the Second Amendment. On this list we've got people like Judge Sykes and Judge Hardiman folks that stood up for the Second Amendment. His judge tends to defer to the EPA and other unaccountable bureaucratic agencies every chance he gets. We've got people like Judge Kethledge who has stood up to the IRA and stands up to these agencies. So I think for all of the points where we see Judge Garland going with the liberal majority, we see people here who show what it is like to stand up for the constitution against the kind of things presidential Obama has been trying to do.

HANNITY: John, we'll give you the last word.

MALCOLM: Look, I think that some of the people could well face a confirmation fight. Bill Pryor certainly hard a very hard time getting on to the 11th circuit in the first place. But these are people worth fighting for. And you need to have a president who is prepared to stand by them to the bitter end and to get them across the goal line.

HANNITY: I have got to believe this will go a long way to maybe some conservatives that had doubts about Donald Trump's commitment to conservatism, one of the most important jobs any president will have. Thank you all for being with us. Appreciate it.

And coming up, we'll have more of this special edition of "HANNITY, Road to the White House, Donald Trump on the Issues," Stay with us.

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