Ex-President Donald Trump Gets Into a Fight With a CNN Reporter at a Town Hall Event

Ex-President Donald Trump Gets Into a Fight With a CNN Reporter at a Town Hall Event Even Though 2024 presidential. The campaign has just begun, and former president Donald Trump has already clarified that his third run for office will be very similar to his previous two.

Trump seems to be trying a new tactic, as his campaign thus far has followed a more conventional pattern with less internal turmoil than other candidates. The 76-year-old president, however, acknowledged under CNN’s Kaitlan Collins’s questioning on Wednesday night that he is still very much the same person Americans got to know in 2016, during his four years in office, and after his 2020 election defeat.

As expected, the Trump supporters in the audience loved it. He repeatedly stressed the importance of Trump’s standing in the Republican primary polls. He provided evidence of this on Wednesday night in New Hampshire.

Here are some takeaways from Trump’s CNN town hall:

Trump says GOP should be willing to blow up debt ceiling: The US is on the brink of a catastrophic default on its sovereign debt. Asked what his advice is to Republicans in Washington, Trump was clear. “If they don’t give you massive cuts,” he said, “you’ll have to do a default.” The US hit the debt ceiling set by Congress in January. That forced the Treasury Department to take extraordinary measures to keep the government paying its bills. And Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently warned that the US could default on its obligations as soon as June 1 if Congress doesn’t address the debt limit.

Trump makes dismissive comments about Carroll: A little more than 24 hours after a jury found Trump liable for sexually abusing and defaming writer E. Jean Carroll and awarded her $5 million, the former president denied the accusations and again said he had never met Carroll. “This woman, I don’t know her. I never met her. I have no idea who she is,” Trump said before going off on an odd tangent about her former husband and a pet.

Trump also brushed off a question over whether the verdict would hurt his standing with female voters, saying he doubted it. The reaction from the Trump-friendly audience appeared to support his opinion – they laughed at his jokes and other dismissive comments about Carroll.

Trump doesn’t say if he would back Ukraine in war with Russia: Trump refused to say whether he wanted Ukraine to prevail in its battle with invading Russia.“I don’t think in terms of winning and losing,” he said, “I think in terms of getting it settled so we stop killing all these people.” Asked to choose a side he would prefer to win, Trump again demurred. “I want everyone to stop dying,” he said before promising to end the war in “24 hours.”

 

Trump suggests family separation immigration policy could return: Trump said he would return to one of the harshest immigration enforcement policies imposed by his administration: separating migrant families at the US-Mexico border.

“When you say to a family that if you come, we’re going to break you up, they don’t come,” Trump said. His comments come as Title 42, the Trump-era pandemic public health restriction that became an essential tool officials used to expel migrants at the US-Mexico border, is set to expire Thursday.

Trump was vague on federal abortion ban: Trump repeatedly ducked questions about whether he would sign into law a federal abortion ban, as well as questions regarding after how many weeks into a pregnancy abortion should be made illegal.

He touted the Supreme Court’s decision last year to overturn Roe v. Wade’s federal abortion rights as “such a great victory” – and one made possible by appointing three conservative justices. Trump said he supports exemptions to abortion bans for cases of rape, incest, and when the mother’s life is threatened.

“We now have a great negotiating ability, and I think we’re going to be able to get something done,” Trump said.

Trump frequently uses the derogatory term “nasty” to refer to women

When CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins asked former President Donald Trump why he kept sensitive documents after leaving the White House, it was one of several shocking moments during CNN’s town hall with the former president. The FBI eventually found them after executing a search warrant at Mar a Lago.

Former President Donald Trump's Third Presidential Run
Former President Donald Trump’s Third Presidential Run

This was one of several surprising moments with the former president at CNN’s town hall, including when host Kaitlan Collins questioned Trump why he kept sensitive documents after leaving the White House. After executing a search warrant at Mar a Lago, the FBI discovered their whereabouts.

When Collins pointed out the difference between Trump and Joe Biden, who also faces questions about classified documents found at his house but didn’t ignore a subpoena, Trump interrupted her.

“Are you ready? Can I talk?” Trump demanded. “Do you mind?”

“Yeah, I would like for you to answer the question. That’s why I asked it,” Collins said.  

“It’s very simple that you’re a nasty person, I’ll tell you,” Trump said, attempting to insult her as his supporters in the crowd cheered.

Can you answer why you held on to the documents?” Collins asked again, at which point Trump launched into a rambling answer that boils down to the fact he was negotiating with the National Archives during the year-plus when the government was seeking them.

Former President Donald Trump's Third Presidential Run:
Former President Donald Trump’s Third Presidential Run:

A direct attack on Collins’s face, calling her “nasty,” was shocking. The enthusiastic crowd heightened this.

Trump has long used the phrase as a slur, typically directing it toward women who annoy or anger him.

At the end of the 2016 election, he referred to Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman” in the last presidential debate.

He’s used it against former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and current Vice President Kamala Harris.

Trump told a British journalist in 2019 about Meghan Markle, who had criticized him, “I didn’t know that she was nasty.”

Some in New Hampshire think the president is fixated too much on 2020 and little on the future

Republican and undecided voters in New Hampshire who attended CNN’s town hall with Donald Trump believed he should have talked more about the future and less about the upcoming election in 2020.

 

CNN also polled the public on its opinion of Trump’s overall performance. The post-town hall conversation included eight audience members, and only one declared they would vote for Trump in 2024. For the remainder, it’s still a toss-up at this point.

Republican governors, both current and formerly elected, speak in on Trump’s town hall performance

Republican governors from the past and present responded to Trump’s assertions during CNN’s New Hampshire town hall on Wednesday night.

Chris Sununu, the Republican governor of New Hampshire, told Anderson Cooper of CNN that Trump made no comments that would assist him in securing the Republican nomination for president. It was the same old regurgitation, so to speak. He could have abandoned his obsession with 2020, but he didn’t.

On January 6, he could have taken control of some of the problems that had arisen. He was not responsible for it. He could have attacked Joe Biden, but he didn’t,” Sununu remarked.

“So if you’re an independent voter, if you’re a suburban mom, all these voters that Republicans are trying to bring back into the mix, I don’t see any of them being convinced by anything because it was just kind of the same old regurgitation,

” Sununu said, noting that he had supported Trump in 2016 and 2020. Still, he’s going to be a “four-time loser.” He did not answer whether he would consider entering the 2024 presidential race.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

In response to Donald Trump’s claim that he could stop Russia’s war in Ukraine in 24 hours, a Republican tweeted, “Despite how ridiculous that is to say, I suspect he would try to do it by turning Ukraine over to Putin and Russia. #Putin’sPuppet.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson: The candidate running against Trump in 2024 claimed on CNN that the outgoing leader “had a weak performance and he’s locked in the past.”

He probably wanted to show that he could win over independents and suburban votes by increasing the size of his support group. That was a test he did not pass. The Republicans claimed that Trump had alienated potential voters by focusing only on the past and offering no solutions to pressing problems in the future.

“Whenever he was asked about the economy, he gave one brief response on energy policy but didn’t address the broad range of things we have in our economy to get it going again,” he continued.

Do you want that for another four years?” Tweets from Biden following Donald Trump’s town hall on CNN

Do you want to endure it for another four years? Biden tweets following Donald Trump’s town hall on CNN

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