During Sunday’s edition of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Andrea Mitchell bashed GOP front-runner Donald Trump as being “completely uneducated about any part of the world,” referencing a discussion the real estate mogul had with the editorial board of the Washington Post. After Chuck Todd played an audio clip of the meeting in which he was asked about using nuclear weapons on ISIS, she observed that Trump was unable to stay on topic.
“He cannot stick to a subject. It is remarkable,” she told Todd. “And when he doesn’t know something, he just changes the subject, makes it all about himself.”
In the clip Todd played, Trump dodged the question and began talking about how he responded to political attacks from his rivals. He moved from that to a call for introductions.
“This is a very good-looking group of people here,” he said. “Could I just go around so I know who the hell I’m talking to?”
Mitchell discussed how she perceives Trump’s policies with various countries. According to Mitchell, trump would cancel defense treaties with Japan and South Korea and is “all over the lot” on Iran.
“He believes — he complained that Iran isn’t buying our planes,” she said. It had to be pointed out to him that Iran is still under sanctions and cannot buy American planes,” she added. “He thinks North Korea and Iran are the biggest trading partners when North Korea’s biggest trading partner is China.”
She went on to conclude that Trump is “completely uneducated about any part of the world.” The Post reported earlier this month that Trump has also called into question the need for NATO, and reportedly advocates a “light footprint” in the world, saying the country must steer precious resources toward domestic infrastructure.
“I do think it’s a different world today, and I don’t think we should be nation-building anymore,” he said. “I think it’s proven not to work, and we have a different country than we did then. We have $19 trillion in debt. We’re sitting, probably, on a bubble. And it’s a bubble that if it breaks, it’s going to be very nasty. I just think we have to rebuild our country.”
“I watched as we built schools in Iraq and they’re blown up. We build another one, we get blown up. We rebuild it three times and yet we can’t build a school in Brooklyn,” he added. “We have no money for education because we can’t build in our own country. At what point do you say, ‘Hey, we have to take care of ourselves?’ So, I know the outer world exists and I’ll be very cognizant of that. But at the same time, our country is disintegrating, large sections of it, especially the inner cities.”
Initially, Trump said he was his own primary foreign policy adviser, but later mentioned other names. He told the Post that Walid Phares, Carter Page and George Papadopoulos are among some of his advisers.