10/9/2016

On the Iran deal

"When I look at the Iran deal and how bad a deal it is for us, it's a one-sided transaction where we're giving back $150 billion to a terrorist state, really, the number one terror state, we've made them a strong country from a really very weak country just three years ago." [Source]

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9/26/2016

On North Korea

"Because you look at some of these countries, you look at North Korea, we're doing nothing there. China should solve that problem for us. China should go into North Korea. China is totally powerful as it relates to North Korea." [Source]

 

Learn more on the issue: North Korea's Latest Nuclear Test Proves the Status Quo Isn't Working

On No-First-Use of Nuclear Weapons

"I would like everybody to end it, just get rid of it. But I would certainly not do first strik. I think that once the nuclear alternative happens, it's over. At the same time, we have to be prepared. I can't take anything off the table." [Source]

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7/21/2016

On the Iran Deal

"...the Iran deal, which gave back to Iran $150 billion and gave us nothing – it will go down in history as one of the worst deals ever made." [Source]

Learn more on the issue: Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Iran Deal

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7/20/2016

On No-First-Use of Nuclear Weapons

Q: President Obama, as you probably know, as you probably read, is considering a no-first-use pledge before he leaves office for nuclear weapons. We don’t have one right now. Some other nations do, some don’t. Would you consider that stabilizing?

A: Depends on who we are talking about, it depends on who we are talking about. I would only make that commitment as the agreement is being signed. I wouldn’t want to play my cards. I don’t want to say that.

Q: This would be a declaratory policy of the United States.

A: I understand. I will do everything within my power never to be in a position where we have to use nuclear power because that’s a whole different ballgame. That’s very important to me. I will do everything in my power never to be in a position where we will have to use nuclear power. It’s very important to me. [Source]

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7/4/2016

On the Iran Deal

Dr. Walid Phares (Trump's Foreign Policy Advisor): "No, he’s [Trump's] not going to get rid of an agreement that has the institutional signature of the United States. He is a man of institutions. But he’s going to look back on it the institutional way. He’s said, so far that he doesn’t like this deal and that it was poorly negotiated. Once elected, he’s going to renegotiate it after talking through it with his advisers. One of the clear possibilities is he will send it back to Congress. The reaction of the Iranian leadership will be the next phase. So he is not going to implement it as is, he is going to revise it after negotiating one on one with Iran or with a series of allies." [Source]

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6/3/2016

On the emergence of new nuclear weapons countries

A: I don't want to see Japan go nuclear. I want to see Japan help us out. I have great relationships with Japan. I have a lot of friends in Japan. And they even laugh at it. I mean, we'redefending Japan, and a general got up and said, "No, no, they pay for half the cost." He thought that was a good thing. I said, "Why aren't they paying for 100 percent of the cost?" ...Saudi Arabia, the same thing. They have nothing but money, and we subsidize Saudi Arabia. For what?What are we doing? Why are we doing that?

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Q: But it is a fair characterization of your view to say, if you walk and they get nuclear weapons, you said, you know -- that'd be okay?

A: I didn't say get nuclear. Maybe they will, maybe they won't. But at a certain point, you know Japan will, if they're not going to pay us what it's going to cost. [Source]

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5/18/2016

On North Korea

"I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to [Kim Jong Un]."

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"I would put a lot of pressure on China because economically we have tremendous power over China...China can solve that problem with one meeting or one phone call." [Source]

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4/27/2016

On the Iran Deal

"He [Obama] negotiated a disastrous deal with Iran, and then we watched them ignore its terms even before the ink was dry. Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon, cannot be allowed. Remember that, cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. And under a Trump administration, will never, ever be allowed to have that nuclear weapon. All of this without even mentioning the humiliation of the United States with Iran’s treatment of our ten captured sailors -- so vividly I remember that day. In negotiation, you must be willing to walk. The Iran deal, like so many of our worst agreements, is the result of not being willing to leave the table." [Source]

On the $1 Trillion Nuclear Arsenal

“Our nuclear weapons arsenal, our ultimate deterrent, has been allowed to atrophy and is desperately in need of modernization and renewal. And it has to happen immediately.” [Source]

Learn more on the issue: Congress wants to spend $30 billion on what?!

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3/31/2016

On the emergence of new nuclear weapons countries

"…the thing I didn’t like about The Washington Post, they didn’t put down my real statements as to Japan and everything else. They make it sound like I want Japan to have nuclear weapons. I don’t. And by the way, other people have said this too. I don’t mind taking care of Japan. But they have to help us out more, monetarily. We can’t protect the entire world. You look at our military budget, it’s massive compared to any other country. But what are we doing? We’re taking care of the military needs of all these countries. And these countries are much richer than us. We’re not a rich country. We’re a debtor nation. We’ve got to get rid of -- I talked about bubble. We’ve got to get rid of the $19 trillion in debt." [Source]

On moving closer to zero

Q: So could we get rid of the weapons?

A: No, no, we wouldn't get rid of the weapons. Because you have so many people out there. But I would be somebody that would be amazingly calm under pressure.

Q: But if you're not going to use them, what's the point in having them?

A: The fact that other people have them. And unfortunately gaining more and more.

Q: But ultimately you have to be prepared to press the button or there's no point in having them?

A: Well, I don't want to talk about that subject because that's not a subject that, you know… that has to do with that whole… I just don't want to talk about it. It is highly, highly, highly, highly unlikely that I would ever be using them. [Source]

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3/25/2016

On the emergence of new nuclear weapons countries

A: You have North Korea, and we are very far away and we are protecting a lot of different people and I don’t know that we are necessarily equipped to protect them. And if we didn’t have the North Korea threat, I think I’d feel a lot differently, David.

Q: But with the North Korea threat you think maybe Japan does need its own nuclear…

A: Well I think maybe it’s not so bad to have Japan -- if Japan had that nuclear threat, I’m not sure that would be a bad thing for us.

Q: You mean if Japan had a nuclear weapon it wouldn’t be so bad for us?

A: Well, because of North Korea. Because of North Korea. Because we don’t know what he’s going to do. We don’t know if he’s all bluster or is he a serious maniac that would be willing to use it. I was talking about before, the deterrent in some people’s minds was that the consequence is so great that nobody would ever use it. Well that may have been true at one point but you have many people that would use it right now in this world. [Source]

Learn more on the issue: Does 15,00 nuclear weapons sound like "security" to you?, On Donald Trump's nuclear policy: There's a lot going on here

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3/15/2016

On the Iran Deal

"And, by the way, just so you understand, as far as Iran, I would have never made that deal. I think it's maybe the worst deal I've ever seen. I think it's the worst deal I've ever seen negotiated. I will be so tough on them and ultimately that deal will be broken unless they behave better than they've ever behaved in their lives, which is probably unlikely. That deal will be broken." [Source]

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2/8/2016

On the Iran Deal

"China says well we don’t really have that part...China’s just taunting us. They have total control. And Iran has pretty good control. And we blew the chance with Iran because we gave them the money. We got nothing. That deal is the worst deal I think I’ve ever seen made. But we’ll take care of it." [Source]

On US-Russia bilateral reductions

“Well I’d rather cut his arsenals than our arsenals. I mean part of the problem is we’re cutting our arsenals.”

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12/15/2016

On the emergence of new nuclear weapons countries

"The biggest problem this world has today is not President Obama with global warming, which is inconceivable, this is what he's saying. The biggest problem we have is nuclear -- nuclear proliferation and having some maniac, having some madman go out and get a nuclear weapon.That's in my opinion, that is the single biggest problem that our country faces right now." [Source]

 

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