Donald Trump Says He Will Restore ‘Dignity’ To The White House (And Other Highlights From His New Book)

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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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.”

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‘China … our enemy’

“There are people who wish I wouldn’t refer to China as our enemy. But that’s exactly what they are. They have destroyed entire industries by utilizing low-wage workers, cost us tens of thousands of jobs, spied on our businesses, stolen our technology, and have manipulated and devalued their currency, which makes importing our goods more expensive — and sometimes, impossible.”

‘The element of surprise wins battles’

“Tipping your hand is one of the dumbest mistakes you can make in a military confrontation. I’ve read a lot of history and I don’t recall reading that General George Washington made hotel reservations in Valley Forge, or that he sent ahead his best wishes to the Hessians in Trenton. The element of surprise wins battles.”

‘Get rid of it’

“A lot of people believe the Department of Education should just be eliminated. Get rid of it. If we don’t eliminate it completely, we certainly need to cut its power and reach. Education has to be run locally.”


“Competition is why I’m very much in favor of school choice. Let schools compete for kids. I guarantee that if you forced schools to get better or close because parents didn’t want to enroll their kids there, they would get better. Those schools that weren’t good enough to attract students would close, and that’s a good thing.”

‘The biggest threat?!’

“In his 2015 State of the Union speech, President Obama declared the biggest threat on the planet today is climate change. The biggest threat?! We have ISIS troops chopping off the heads of innocent Christian missionaries. We have a coalition of adversaries in Syria supporting a dictator who uses chemical weapons on his own people. We have millions of Americans who have mortgages greater than the value of their property, while middle-class incomes are stagnant and more than 40 million citizens are living at poverty levels.”

“And our president is most concerned about climate change?”

On single-payer health care: ‘Maybe it could have worked here at a different time’

“To succeed in business, you have to be flexible and you have to change with the realities of the world. The world has changed; I’ve changed. I don’t think a single-payer system makes sense anymore. If I did, I would say it; I wouldn’t need anyone else to say it for me. Maybe a single-payer system works in other countries. It works incredibly well in Scotland, for example, and maybe it could have worked here at a different time.”

“But not anymore.”

‘He doesn’t play with the right people’

“President Obama is big on playing golf. But he doesn’t play with the right people. He should be playing with those smart people who can help our country, establishing bonds to get things done — and not just his friends.”

“Believe me, I know how to use a golf course — and golf clubs — to make deals.”

‘A conservative Republican with a big heart’

“…I was a registered Democrat. I grew up and worked in New York, where virtually everyone is a Democrat.”

“You know who else was a Democrat? Ronald Reagan. He switched, and I switched years ago, when I began to see what liberal Democrats were doing to our country. Now I’m a conservative Republican with a big heart. I didn’t decide to become a Republican. That’s who I have always been.”

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