Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said former neurosurgeon Ben Carson “can’t do the job” of president and negotiate with China.
Trump, sitting on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” couch Tuesday argued, “Well, I like Ben, but Ben can’t do the job. I mean there is no question about it. He can’t do the job. He’s not going to be able to negotiate with China. It’s not his thing. He doesn’t do that.”
When asked if Carson could do the job, Trump explained he could not, “because it’s not his thing. It’s not in his wheel house. He’s never done it before.”
“And I don’t think it’s meant for him,” insisted Trump. “These are people that come at you — they’re fierce. You know some of the deals I’ve made with China. I’ve made great deals with China. I beat China all the time. I love doing it, but that’s what I do. Our trade deals are a horror, our military is a mess.”
When pressed if Carson could “rise to the occasion,” Trump said, “No, I don’t think he could do that. I think he cannot make deals with China. I think he cannot make deals with Japan. If we don’t start taking back our jobs, if we don’t start taking back our money, our finances, our base from China, we are in a situation which I don’t think is recoverable.”
— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) November 3, 2015