Donald Trump defended his Twitter practices and propensity to hit back when attacked during his long-awaited sit-down interview on "Fox News Sunday."
In an interview described by host Chris Wallace as "vintage Trump," the GOP presidential front-runner responded to criticism that he is thin-skinned.
"I'm only thin-skinned when somebody says bad things that are false," Trump said.
Wallace pointed out attacks against himself after the first GOP debate at which Wallace was one of the moderators. Wallace had asked Trump about the times his businesses have used bankruptcy, which Trump said was not a question that was phrased correctly.
"I used that as a tool. I never filed for bankruptcy," he said, arguing that none of the other candidates were asked about bankruptcy.
Wallace pointed out that he and other moderators did ask other candidates about their pasts, including asking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about Bridgegate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina about her firing from that company.
Trump said the Fiorina questions were accurate because she had led the company terribly.
"If you said I did something wrong and you said I did something, I can handle that," he said.
Trump has slammed Wallace, saying he is a mere shadow of the journalist his father, legendary CBS newsman Mike Wallace was. The elder Wallace treated him much more fairly, Trump said.
Chris Wallace agreed his father was unmatched, but played Trump a clip of his Mike Wallace on "60 Minutes" asking a much-younger Trump about a controversy at the time in which Trump was trying to remove tenants from a rent-controlled building in New York City so he could put in high-dollar condos.
"They call you arrogant and cruel," Mike Wallace asked then. "Does that get under your skin?"
"No, because, you see, I think I'm right, and when I think I'm right nothing bothers me," Trump said at the time.
Most of the interview, conducted Saturday at Trump National Golf Club outside Washington, D.C., focused on policy.
He declined to give specifics on how he would handle the debt limit or defunding Planned Parenthood, saying he wanted to keep his opponents guessing.
He did say he would cut or gut many departments, including Education and the Environmental Protection Agency.
"Who's going to protect the environment?" Wallace asked.
"We'll be fine with the environment," Trump said. "We can leave a little bit, but you can't destroy businesses."
He again defended his stance on using eminent domain to take private property for use of private industry, saying that if jobs are created it is a public good.
When asked about his own case in the 1990s, when he was stared down by a homeowner in Atlantic City who didn't want to give up her house for a parking lot for his hotel and casino, if that would have a good use of eminent domain, he said, yes it would have, As it turned out, he added, the owner ended up saving him money because Atlantic City's economy later faded, he said.
His late-night tweeting against his opponents and critics is " a great way of getting my word out," he said. "I'm probably not the youngest person using it, but for some reason it works very well. I'm setting records."
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