Dr. Ben Carson, who has been one of Donald Trump’s top supporters throughout the presidential campaign, gave Newsmax an Election Night preview of what Americans can expect from President-elect Trump, where his head is, and how he intends to garner bipartisan support for his proposals.
Though his Tuesday comments came before Trump officially captured the presidency, Carson addressed his confidence in the direction of the country with Trump at the helm and also touched on the pushback he’s likely to face in the months ahead.
Newsmax: Mr. Trump gained momentum in the weeks following the final debate and before the election.What would you say his message is?
Ben Carson: The message has been, “how do we strengthen America? How do we cause the tide to rise in such a way that it lifts all of those, not leaving anybody behind? How do we deal with the rest of the world? How do we build up our military? How do we secure our borders and how do we be fair?”
Mr. Trump has many policies, some that have received a great deal of backlash and some that have also gained support. Which policies do you believe will receive pushback?
He’ll get pushback from the Democrats for his tax plans because he wants to cut taxes and they want to raise taxes. They love to tax and spend. Even though we already have the highest taxes in the world, they want to raise them some more because they can never get enough. So, he’ll definitely get pushback on that.
He’ll get pushback on his desire to strengthen the military, but he recognizes that the best deterrent to war is a strong military. When you look like you can be challenged, you actually invite war. You invite discourse.
How about his plans to build a wall on the border of Mexico. Do you really believe they're going to support that?
There will be pushback on that, but the reason there will be pushback on it is because there are a lot of people who want open borders. Hillary Clinton has stated that she wants open borders, but the fact of the matter is you can’t have a sovereign nation if you can’t enforce your immigration policies.
Now, if we didn’t have people coming through our open borders illegally, no problem, don’t build a wall, but they are coming. And not just Mexicans and Hondurans, but people from Iraq and Syria and Somalia are coming and they threaten us as they set up terrorist cells within our country. So, it’s not a matter of national security as much as it is immigration policy.
It seems that, throughout this campaign, there has been a lot of focus placed on Mr. Trump’s shortcomings and downfalls, especially with various “scandals.” But it never felt like Hillary faced the same public backlash for her transgressions. How do you feel about how Mr. Trump has handled that?
I’m glad he hasn’t ignored Hillary’s transgressions. When you have your emails subpoenaed by Congress and you delete them and acid-wash them, that’s called obstruction of justice. That’s a criminal activity for someone in her position and the media has already demonstrated its blatant bias to the point of actually being very dangerous because when you side with one party or the other, you basically give them permission to be reckless and that ultimately will destroy our nation.
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