If the scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service occurred under a Republican president, it would be considered a "disaster" similar to what happened under Richard Nixon, real estate and entertainment businessman Donald Trump said on Fox News.
Nixon, a Republican who left office in 1974 following the Watergate scandal and cover-up, was the only U.S. president to resign.
"If this were a Republican president, it would be Richard Nixon all over again. This would be a disaster," Trump told "Fox & Friends" on Monday.
The IRS has been accused of targeting tea party and conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. Earlier this month, the IRS said it could not produce emails from former agency official Lois Lerner.
Trump said his experience showed that "you basically cannot get rid of emails," because "the hard drives will always have it." He questioned why Republicans in Congress weren't working to retrieve them.
"You can get emails. They can hire people that can go to those hard drives and get those emails. I don't know why they're not doing that. I don't know why the Republicans or the committees aren't doing this," he said.
Trump called the crisis along the southern U.S. border a "humanitarian situation" with the thousands of illegal immigrant children crossing into the United States from Mexico. He said officials needed to "strengthen our borders."
"We have to build a fence really — a very big, powerful wall. We have to do something, because people are bringing their children, and they're saying, 'Let the United States take care of them,'" he said. "If we had the borders, this would not be happening."
One of the primary problems, Trump said, is the United States is not in a financial position to help the deluge of children. An estimated 66,000 children
, primarily from Central America, have crossed into the United States this year.
"We don't have the money. We don't have the resources. We don't have the people. We don't have the jobs. We don't have anything. We're supposed to be taking care of the world," he said.
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