Donald Trump says the White House currently lacks “dignity” — and he will restore that if elected president.
In his new book, “Crippled America,” Trump writes: “Making America Great Again begins at home.”
“It means restoring a sense of dignity to the White House, and to our country in general,” Trump writes. “The president of the United States is the most powerful person in the world. The president is the spokesperson for democracy and liberty. Isn’t it time we brought back the pomp and circumstance, and the sense of awe for that office that we all once held?”
“That means everyone working in the administration should look and act professionally at all times — especially the president,” Trump writes. “The way you dress and the way you act is an important way of showing respect for the people you are representing and the people you are dealing with. Impressions matter.”
Trump’s book is being released Tuesday and the candidate held a New York City press conference earlier in the day to draw attention to it. The 193-page hardback includes chapters devoted to the media, immigration, foreign policy, education, energy, health care and the economy.
It also includes photos of his family and his properties across the world. In the back of the book, Trump lists the properties, golf courses and corporate aircrafts he owns. He also devotes a chapter to releasing details on his finances. (He says his income for 2015 “will exceed” $600 million).
Here are some other highlights from the book:
‘I use the media’
“I use the media the way the media uses me — to attract attention. Once I have that attention, it’s up to me to use it to my advantage. I learned a long time ago that if you’re not afraid to be outspoken, the media will write about you or beg you to come on their shows. If you do things a little differently, if you say outrageous things and fight back, they love you. So sometimes I make outrageous comments and give them what they want — viewers and readers — in order to make a point.”
On reporters: ‘They are horrible human beings’
“There is no question that considering all the press I’ve had, both good and bad, I’ve definitely met people at both the very top as well as the lowest end of the food chain. I mean, the very bottom: They are horrible beings, they are dishonest. I’ve seen these co-called journalists flat-out lie. I say that because incompetence doesn’t begin to explain the inaccurate stories they have written. There is no other explanation.”
How he will get Mexico to pay for a wall across the southern border
“Let me repeat that, one way or another: Mexico will pay for it.”
“How? We could increase the various border fees we charge. We could increase the fees on temporary visas. We could even impound remittance payments derived from illegal wages. Foreign governments could tell their embassies to start helping, otherwise they risk troubled relations with America.”
“If necessary we could pay for the wall through a tariff or cut foreign aid to Mexico or simply make it clear to the Mexican government that it is to the benefit of their very profitable — for them — relationship with the United States to pay for it.”
“But one way or another, they are going to pay for it.”
On ending birth-right citizenship: ‘We will win in court and we will win in Congress’
“Citizenship is not a gift we can afford to keep giving away, and I will find a legal way of stopping this policy. A lot of really smart people and lawyers believe the Fourteenth Amendment was never intended to create a whole new path to citizenship. We’re going to test it every possible way. We will win in court and we will win in Congress.”
‘My rules of engagement’
“My rules of engagement have always been pretty simple — if we are going to intervene in a conflict, there had better be a direct threat to our national interests. The threat should be so obvious that most Americans will know where the hot spot is on the globe and will quickly understand why we are getting involved. Also, we’d better have an airtight plan to win and get out.”
‘I’d be happy to sit down with the Iranian leaders’
“There are many different ways to make sure that Iran is never armed with nuclear weapons. I’d be happy to sit down with the Iranian leaders when they understand that the best course for them, if they want to be a major player in the civilized world, is to close down their entire nuclear program.”