In an exclusive Fox News town hall co-moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, former President Trump discussed his vision for a potential second term. He highlighted key areas of focus, including securing the southern border, achieving energy independence, strengthening the economy, and expanding and fortifying the military.
Taking place in Des Moines, Iowa, just days before the state’s highly-anticipated first-in-the-nation primary contests on Jan. 15, Trump, the 2024 GOP frontrunner, shared his views on the current state of the nation. Recent polls show him leading the Republican primary field in Iowa with substantial support, standing at or above 50%.
During the town hall, co-moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, Trump addressed questions from Iowa voters on various issues. He expressed concerns about what he characterized as the “chaos” brought by the Biden administration, citing challenges at the southern border, in the military, and societal shifts.
Trump argued that his presidency had less chaos, attributing the tumultuous atmosphere to Democrats consistently opposing him. He emphasized achievements during his tenure, such as significant tax and regulation cuts and avoiding wars. However, he criticized the Biden administration’s handling of the border, referring to it as “the worst border in the history of the world.”
If elected to a second term, Trump pledged to terminate every open borders policy of the Biden administration immediately. He also outlined plans for a large domestic deportation operation and the removal of gang members, drug dealers, and cartel members from the United States.
Regarding concerns about the economy, Trump acknowledged its challenges but highlighted the stock market’s positive performance, linking it to his leading position in the polls. He expressed the belief that a stock market crash might occur if he didn’t win, emphasizing that he did not want to be compared to Herbert Hoover in such a scenario.
Trump defended his record on the national debt, asserting that COVID-19 necessitated injecting money into the country to prevent a depression. He criticized the current administration’s approach to debt and advocated for paying it down and investing in the energy sector.
When questioned about a potential running mate, Trump claimed to have made a decision but did not reveal the choice. He expressed openness to mending fences with individuals he had previously run against.
The town hall provided insight into Trump’s priorities and perspectives as he considers a potential return to the presidency in 2024.