Thursday morning, Donald Trump, his wife Melania, and his children appeared live on the morning “Today” show in a town hall setting to answer questions from audience members, Twitter, and Facebook. The opening segment featured Trump’s children Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka and Tiffany who spoke of their pride over their father’s run for President. Eric remarked that he is most proud when he sees how his father interacts with the average working person and that his father is so engaged to bringing a better way of life for Americans. Trump’s wife Melania was asked what one habit would she like to see her husband do away with that he has done on the campaign trail to which she replied laughingly, Twitter.
After the Trump family left the outdoor stage, Donald Trump was then front and center to discuss his run for the presidency and his policies. One question that was asked was about creating a path to citizenship when families have been in the United States creating families, making a living and creating homes. Trump said it will be difficult but yes, some people would be deported but there would be a way for these families to be reunified and there would be a path to citizenship.
Andrew Sullivan, from New York, a Trump supporter and former employee, asked about the terrorist group ISIS. He said he agreed with Trump about the need to eliminate the threat that ISIS makes to not just the United States but to world peace but Sullivan asked about Trump’s specific plans on how to rid the world of ISIS. Trump said one of the key components to stopping the threat of ISIS is to stop the cash flow they receive from the oil fields the terrorist organization has taken over. Trump stated that by stopping the oil money you can stop ISIS. Trump also insisted that Middle Eastern countries must step up in their military presence in taking out ISIS. He said the United States can help bring down ISIS but that the countries in these areas must step up and take the initiative.
There were questions on the issue of abortion where Trump again said he is against abortion except for the life of the mother, rape and incest. Trump did wade into the discussion on the redesigned currency that the United States will be issuing. Asked specifically about the $20.00 bill and the replacement of Andrew Jackson with the abolitionist who led slaves though the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, Trump disagreed strongly with the decision. He said that the change was done because “I think it’s pure political correctness. Been on the bill for many, many years and really represented somebody that was very important to this country,” he said. Trump asked, “ why couldn’t there just be a new domination of made, why take off Andrew Jackson.” Jackson may have been President but he is a controversial one due to his impact on Native Americans with the policy of Indian Removal Act and the infamous Trail of Tears.
One question that was asked through Facebook was the issue of the new North Carolina LGBT law that has brought demonstrations and boycotts from businesses and entertainers. Trump said, “North Carolina did something that was very strong and they’re paying a big price and there’s a lot of problems,” said Trump, who would have left things as they were. “There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate, there has been so little trouble.” Asked if Caitlyn Jenner were at the Trump Tower and needed to use a rest room, would he have a problem with her using the ladies room and he replied absolutely not.