Donald Trump laid out his foreign policy methodology saying “you don’t want to let people know what you are going to do.”
Trump, in a substantive interview with Hugh Hewitt Thursday, criticized the Obama administration’s handling of taking out terrorists with drones, explaining, “they start making a big deal about the fact they took out a midlevel accounting person. And now everybody else goes and runs and makes it harder.”
Hugh Hewitt: Looking to Asia, if China were to either accidentally or intentionally sink a Filipino or Japanese ship, what would Commander in Chief Donald Trump do in response?
Donald Trump: I wouldn’t want to tell you because frankly they have to, you know somebody wrote a very good story about me recently and they said, there’s a certain unpredictability. It was actually another businessman, said there’s a certain unpredictability about Trump that’s great and it’s what made him a lot of money and a lot of success. You don’t want to put, you don’t want to let people know what you are going to do with respect to certain things that happen. You don’t want the other side to know. I don’t want to give you answer to that. If I win, and I’m leading in every single poll. If I win, I don’t want people to know exactly what I’m going to be doing.
Hewitt: Fair response, good response.
Trump: Part of the problem with Obama is that he says we’re going to this, we’re going to that, we’re going to attack here, were’er going to do this. Every time they capture somebody they make a big deal about it and all of the other people. Like for instance, they hit somebody with a drone. And they start making a big deal about the fact they took out a midlevel accounting person. And now everybody else goes and runs and makes it harder. I don’t want to go an explain and I think it is a very bad thing. I think we do too much talking and not enough. Do you understand what I am saying?
Hewitt: Oh it’s a great point, it’s a very good answer.
Trump: We do too much talking, General Douglas MacArthur, I was watching as President Obama was talking about, I won’t go into great detail, was talking about attacking at a certain time and a certain place, and I’m saying can you imagine General MacArthur, General Patton, they must be spinning in their graves when they hear it. So when you tell me a ship is going to be attacked. I don’t want to tell you exactly what I’m going to do. I don’t’ want people to know my thinking on that. And I do have very strong thinking on that, but I don’t want people to know my thinking.