In an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show from April of 1988, the message of Donald Trump of that day was in many ways remarkably similar to what it is today.
Winfrey posts a photo of a full page ad trump had posted in major newspapers around the country, which was critical of US foreign policy, the title of which was “There’s nothing wrong with America’s Foreign Defense Policy that a little backbone can’t cure.” Winfrey asks, “What would you do differently, Donald?
He says, “I’d make our allies, forgetting about our enemies, our enemies you can’t talk to so easily, I’d make our allies pay their fair share. We’re a debtor nation. Something’s going to happen over the next number of years with this country because you can’t keep going on losing $200 billion. And yet we let Japan come in and dump everything right into our market.”
What he says next has become a very familiar theme over the course of this campaign. Trump said, “It’s not free trade. If you ever go to Japan right now and try to sell something, forget about it Oprah, just forget about it. It’s almost impossible. They don’t have laws against it they just make it impossible. They come over here, they sell their cars, their VCRs, they knock the hell out of our companies.”
He continues, “And hey, I have tremendous respect for the Japanese people, I mean you can respect somebody that’s beating the hell out of you. But they are beating the hell out of this country. Kuwait, they live like kings. The poorest person in Kuwait they live like kings. And yet they’re not paying. We make it possible for them to sell their oil, why aren’t they paying us 25% of what they’re making? It’s a joke.”
Winfrey notes that it sounds like political, presidential talk to her and asks if Trump might ever consider running for president.
He replies “Probably not, but I do get tired of seeing the country get ripped off.” He said at the time that he really didn’t have the inclination, that he loves what he’s doing, although that he couldn’t rule it out. He said if it got so bad he would never want to rule it out totally, “because I am really tired of seeing what is happening with this country, how we’re really making other people live like kings and we’re not”
He gives some diplomatic nods to that year’s offering of less-than-stellar candidates, acknowledging that if he did ever run he’d run to win. He certainly wouldn’t get in to lose. “I’ve never gone in to lose in my life and if I did decide to do it I think I’d have a hell of a chance of winning. Because I think people, I don’t know how your audience feels, but I think people are tired of seeing the United States ripped off.”
He adds, “And I can’t promise you everything, but I can tell you one thing. This country would make one hell of a lot of money from those people that for 25 years have taken advantage. It wouldn’t be the way it’s been, believe me.”
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