This is Trump’s first appearance on Politicking since October 2013, when he first hinted at running for president. This time, the billionaire businessman discusses the current election, the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, his comments about the Iraq War, and Wednesday’s showdown with Clinton at a veterans’ forum.
Opening up the interview, King asked Trump: “What surprised you the most about running for office?”
Trump pointed to the media’s “tremendous dishonesty.”
“I mean, they'll take a statement that you make, which is perfect,” Trump said, “and they'll cut it up and chop it up and shorten it or lengthen it, or do something with it, then all of a sudden, it doesn't look like as good as it did when you actually said it.”
On the issue of defeating the Islamic State in Iraq, Trump slammed Clinton and President Barack Obama for their role in pulling US troops out of Iraq in 2013.
King then interjected: “The timetable was arranged by Bush for the leaving.”
“Well, you know what, Larry,” Trump countered, “I’ll tell you what, let's look to the future.”
King kept on the point, however, offering Trump the opportunity to criticize the Bush administration as well as Obama and Clinton.
“It's a war we shouldn't have been in, number one,” Trump reiterated, “and it's a war that when we got out, we got out the wrong way. That's Obama.”