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Published On: Fri, Aug 12th, 2016

Donald Trump wants massive infrastructure stimulus, blames President Obama, Hillary Clinton for ISIS

SCOTT WAPNER: Mr. Trump, you said you would at least double what Hillary Clinton wants to spend on infrastructure. That would imply some $500 billion.  A half a trillion. What is the exact number you are willing to spend on infrastructure?

TRUMP: Well, you need a lot more than that to do it right. Now, I’d also make sure that we use the proper procedures. Because when you take a look at things, when you look at what we build, there’s a hospital – a recent hospital I won’t say where because I don’t want to insult the people. But they’re great people. I just left three days ago. It’s a VA hospital. It’s got a $1.2 billion cost overrun. That’s an overrun. The hospital should cost half of that price. They have a $1.2 billion cost overrun everything we build has a cost it’s all cost overruns and a mess.  It’s always trauma and trouble. Because they don’t know how to build.  I would employ things — as an example, I’m building the old post office on Pennsylvania avenue for all to see.  I was the one, I was the successful bidder. I went out to bid. We’re one year ahead of schedule.  We’re going to open in September.  We’re a year ahead of schedule and we’re, you know, under budget.  So I built it under budget. I built it ahead of schedule. And it’s — you know, that’s, like, routine that you have to do. When you look at these public works projects or big highways, they come in for two and three and four time this cost of what they were supposed to come in you look at a hospital where they have a $1.2 billion cost overrun, it’s insane. So one of the things we have to do is we have to make sure we have strong contracts, we have strong contractors and give them out properly. Right now they’re obviously not giving out contracts properly because everything that comes in comes in way over budget. You rarely see a job – a federal job, a federal project come in under budget and ahead of schedule.

WAPNER: Mr. Trump, your friend Carl Icahn called into my program at noon the other day and reiterated his support for you. He thought the speech that you gave in Detroit was in his words, right on. But at the same time he said and I quote, he’s a smart guy and I think he understands the mistakes he’s made. He was referring to the controversy over the Khan Gold Star family of a few weeks back. I’m wondering if you’re willing to admit the mistake you made and clarify the comments you made on the second amendment regarding Hillary Clinton.

TRUMP: Well, on the Second Amendment, everybody came to my defense because there was nothing said wrong. I’m talking about the power of the voter.  Nothing was said wrong, and only the haters tried to grab onto that one. And it was very unsuccessful. We’re talking about it has tremendous support and tremendous power at the voting booth. And that was all. As far as Mr. Khan, I think it’s been said by everybody. I think that’s been very well talked about.  That’s been put to bed a long time ago.

WAPNER: Sure, but do you agree with your friend Carl Icahn that you made a mistake?

TRUMP: You’ll have to define what a mistake means. I mean, we’re not here to talk about that.We’re here to talk about economics and talk about finance and here to talk about our infrastructure. But it’s been put to bed for a long time.  And I don’t think there’s any reason for you to reopen it.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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