DES MOINES, Iowa -- Donald Trump is running for president.
Trump made the announcement at Trump Tower in New York. ‘The Donald’ didn’t waste any time in calling politicians incompetent and even stupid. He also vowed to use his own fortune to fund his entire campaign.
“I don't need anybody's money,” Trump said.” It's nice. I don't need anybody's money. I'm using my own money. I'm not using the lobbyists, I'm not using donors, I don't care. I'm really rich.”
After the announcement in Manhattan, Trump headed straight to Des Moines, hosting an event at Hoyt Sherman Place. Standing in front of his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again” (a phrase he literally owns), Trump said we don’t have victory in this country anymore, adding "When was the last time we had victory in this country. We don`t win against China in trade. We don`t win against Mexico, at the border certainly, I mean they`re sending everybody over, just walking through like it’s water, likes it’s a sieve, and they`re killing us by the way economically, just killing us. We don`t win with Japan, which has now got a real leader and they`re knocking the hell out of the yen."
Trump also talked the struggles of American Manufacturing companies, saying they can’t compete against other countries. Trump said if he becomes president, he will be a tough negotiator as he has been in his business career, and other countries won’t be able to get away with what he says they’ve been able to get away with.
He also said he has a good instinct and ability to predict outcomes in the future. As an example, he referenced the advice he gave about the Iraq War, and in doing so talked about what he would do now to ISIS, “I said when we leave, keep the oil. Did anybody ever hear me say that? I said keep the oil, and certain people said ‘oh that’s terrible for him to say that. He’s a terrible human being. Think how terrible that is. Keep the oil. That’s a sovereign country.’ Sovereign country? It’s a mess. Keep the oil. You know who has the oil now? ISIS has the oil, and ISIS is rich and what we should do right now is go blast the hell out of that oil. That’s what we should do.”
That line drew applause from those in the audience.
On Immigration, Trump said he would build a wall on the border and have Mexico pay for it. And in response to a question from someone in the audience about the Veterans Affairs Health System, Trump said he would consider privatizing it.