Trump has struggled in the past with foreign policy questions. EPA/MIKE NELSONLOS ANGELES — Donald Trump stood on a stage on an aircraft carrier Tuesday night, three sixteen-inch guns looming behind him, to talk U.S. firepower.
“We’re gonna make our military so big and so strong and so great and it will be so powerful that I don’t think we’re ever going to have to use it. Nobody’s gonna mess with us,” Trump said, the flags of the USS Iowa floating in the breeze.
Trump came here to give what was advance-billed by event organizers as a “major national security speech,” though it clocked in at a lean 13 minutes and was again notably short on specifics.
But Trump did offer a hint of his plans on veterans health care, saying the VA system should be entirely revamped and that veterans might be offered the option of health care outside the system because “we have illegal immigrants that are being treated better than our veterans.”
“We’re gonna create a whole new system, we’re gonna take this system apart, and if they’re not doing the job the veterans are going to go to private doctors, private hospitals,” he said.
The night before the second Republican debate, where foreign policy is expected to take center stage, Trump said again that as president, he would be “respected by Putin, respected by Iran.”
“I’m fighting some very nice people [for the GOP nomination], they’re very nice people, even though I’m leading in the polls,” he said. “They’re never going to do anything with these countries. They’re never going to be able to do it. It’s an instinct. It’s something that’s special. They don’t have it. Believe me, they don’t have it. It’s just going to be more of the same.”
A phalanx of protesters stood on the street outside the port and later moved into the parking lot, shouting “Donald Trump, he’s a racist!” Their signs read: “Deport Trump” and “Combed over his draft card.”
Trump supporters shouted at protesters from the boat; the protesters shouted back. Later, as attendees filed off the boat, one man could be seen confronting a protester.
“With him running for president racism has appeared … more than usual,” said …Read More