Trump accuses talk-show radio host of ‘gotcha’ question

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Donald Trump Flunks Foreign-Policy Quiz, Says He’ll Learn on the Job.

Soon after Donald Trump took a big step in establishing himself as a serious GOP presidential candidate by signing the party’s loyalty pledge, he ran into serious trouble on foreign policy. Washington: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did not take kindly in a radio interview on Thursday to being asked to identify the affiliations of various militant leaders in the Middle East, saying the host was asking “a gotcha question”.

Trump appearing on theHugh Hewitt Show Thursday, criticized Hewitt for asking a “gotcha question” about whether he knew who “Hassan Nasrallah, Zawahiri, al-Julani, and al-Baghdadi” were.Donald Trump, leading in the polls and riding a wave of momentum in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, just hit a speed bump named Hugh Hewitt.Later, when discussing the definition of assault weapons, Trump said that he wouldn’t give an exact definition “and if you want to ask that, I would go to the experts.” Trump did though define his stance on the Second Amendment saying, “I am totally a Second Amendment person and totally in favor of not doing anything” to increase firearm regulation. Discussing Islamist extremism, conservative talk-radio host Hugh Hewitt told Trump he was looking for the next president to know who the leaders of major militant groups were, naming the heads of Islamic State, Hezbollah, al Qaeda and its Nusra Front wing in Syria. “Do you know the players without a scorecard, yet, Donald Trump?” asked Hewitt, who will co-moderate the next official Republican presidential debate on September 16 in California. “You know, those are like history questions. `Do you know this one, do you know that one?`” added the billionaire real estate mogul, who has risen to the top of the polls in a crowded Republican field more than a year before the November 2016 election. Trump got tripped up by a question from the conservative radio host about the Quds Forces, mistaking the Iranian military group with the Kurdish people.

Trump seemed to know something was coming, as Hewitt has a nose for generating news (most recently by asking Republican candidates if they would attend a gay wedding), but it was not a flattering exchange for Trump, who confessed to gaping holes in his foreign policy understanding. They’ll be all gone,” he said. “I knew you were going to ask me things like this, and there’s no reason, because, No. 1, I’ll find, I will hopefully find Gen. Trump managed to emerge only slightly bloodied from the interview and the damage was contained largely thanks to Hewitt’s willingness to move on as Trump grasped for answers or provided patently absurd ones.

If, if they’re still there, which is unlikely in many cases, but if they’re still there, I will know them better than I know you.” Trump later argued, “that will be a whole new group of people. Hewitt’s attempts later in the interview to get him to distinguish Hamas–the Palestinian terrorist group–from the Hezbollah forces acting in Lebanon. I think what is really important is to pick out, and this is something I’m so good at, to pick out who is going to be the best person to represent us militarily, because we have some great people, militarily.” Trump did lay out his plans for handling Islamic terrorism. “I’m a delegator.

Trump, a real estate developer and brand manager who has never worked in government, has relatively little experience dealing with foreign governments. Trump obviously didn’t, so Hewitt described him as “running the Quds forces.” Trump responded with an unfortunate assessment of the treatment of the Kurds. I will find whoever it is that I’ll find, and we’ll, but they’re all changing, Hugh.” For the record, Hasan Nasrallah is the secretary general of Hezbollah; Ayman al-Zawahiri is the new leader of al-Qaeda after the death of Osama bin Laden; Abu Mohammad al-Julani is the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra, or al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate fighting in Syria; and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of the Islamic State, which controls parts of Syria and Iraq. We have, we are not a respected country, and certainly as it relates to ISIS and what’s going on, and Iran.” Trump also mixed up the Quds Force, the elite foreign unit of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, with the Kurds — the Middle Eastern ethnic group concentrated in nothern Iraq and parts of Iran, Syria and Turkey. “Is he the gentleman that was going back and forth with Russia and meeting with Putin?” Trump asked. “I read something, and that seems to be also where he’s at.” Following a town hall in Laconia, New Hampshire, Thursday night, Bush told reporters that he saw a transcript of the Trump-Hewitt exchange — and he jabbed Trump over the mistakes. “I certainly understand where these terrorists are in play. I find absolutely great people, and I’ll find them in our armed services, and I find absolutely great people.” Fiorina, when asked about admitted, “Well, I have to be very honest with you and say that sometimes I can get confused a bit between the name and group because they sound a bit alike sometimes, so I have to pause and think sometimes.

Hewitt was posing “gotcha” questions, and none of the other candidates would be able to give him a quick response to his inquiries. “I mean, there may be one that studied it because they’re expecting a fresh question from you. Trump responded that it essentially didn’t matter who the current players in the region were because by the time he’s hypothetically president in 16 months they’ll all be gone. “I’m a delegator,” Trump decided as he accused Hewitt of asking gotcha questions. “The day after the election I’ll know more about it than you will ever know,” Trump concluded. But, I certainly know all those names both of the individual leaders and of the terrorist groups.” Fiorina later explained how “al-Qaida and ISIS are competing now. That’s also dangerous because the way these terrorist groups compete is by one-upping each other in the horrific nature of the violence that they conduct.” Defending the question set, Fiorina said, “I don’t think they’re “gotcha questions” at all.

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