A tale of two interviews: Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina on foreign policy – CBS News
After Donald Trump struggled through a foreign policy interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday, the 2016 Republican frontrunner accused Hewitt of asking “gotcha” questions and later criticized the host as a “third-rate radio announcer.”
But one of Trump’s competitors for the 2016 nomination, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, faced a similar set of questions from Hewitt later on Thursday – and though she conceded she has some studying up to do, she didn’t lash out at Hewitt about it.
Trump unhappy with “gotcha questions” on Middle East
In an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump argued it wasn’t necessary for a primary candidate to kno…
The host began by asking each candidate about General Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Iran Revolutionary Guard’s Quds forces, and how the Iranian nuclear deal would affect Iran’s militant proxies.
Trump began his answer by discussing the Kurds, an ethnic group in the region. When Hewitt clarified that he said “Quds,” Trump replied, “Oh, I thought you said Kurds.”
On General Soleimani, Trump asked Hewitt, “Is he the gentleman that was going back and forth with Russia and meeting with Putin? I read something….Not good for us. And what it shows is a total lack of respect, I mean, that the other countries would even be entertaining him, and they’re entertaining him big league.”
Fiorina, by contrast, launched into a lucid argument that the nuclear deal would empower Iran’s armed proxies in the region. “We know that the general of the Quds force has been a powerful tool of the Iranian regime to sow conflict,” she explained. “The Iranian deal – which sadly, has just been approved by Congress – starts a massive flow of money, and that money is going to be used not only to build up an Iranian nuclear weapon – which they have been hell-bent on getting for thirty years – that money is also going to go to the Quds forces, going to go Hezbollah. It’s going to go to all of Iran’s proxies, which is why I’ve said to you on other occasions, Hugh, that we have to stop the money flow.”
Hewitt then asked each candidate whether they’re familiar with the main players among the network of terrorist syndicates in the Middle East.
“No, you know, I’ll tell you honestly, I think by the time we get …Read More