Sometimes it’s best to let Donald Trump’s quotes speak for themselves.
Trump, now surging in the polls, joined MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday to discuss the Iran deal, his position in the Republican field and his previous comments on immigration. He also weighed in on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), the Hispanic vote, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.
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Enjoy the best quotes below:
Trump on the Iran deal and “The Art of the Deal”:
They [U.S. negotiators] didn’t read The Art of the Deal. Most people did, they didn’t. It’s a ridiculous deal … I have seen the deal. I have seen it broken down in every newspaper you can imagine, and I have, I think I know the deal quite well because other people, I assume, are going into it in great detail. I have seen every newspaper article you can. I have seen the good points and the bad points and the good points are not very strong. That I can tell you.
Trump on President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin:
If you had a president that was a leader, he would be able — he can’t even talk — when you look at where we are with countries, as an example, with Russia, they can’t even talk together, Putin can’t stand him. In all fairness, he can’t stand Putin, but Putin doesn’t respect him.
Trump on Hillary Clinton and the Hispanic vote:
Hillary was the worst secretary of state in the history of our country. I think that the person she doesn’t want to run against is me because I say it, and [Jeb] Bush doesn’t say it, nobody says it … I would beat Hillary and I’ll tell you what, a vote that I will win is the Hispanic vote … I’ll create jobs, and I’ll get the Hispanic vote … the Hispanics love me.
Trump on why he’s meeting with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.):
Ted Cruz called me and I don’t know why I’m meeting him, to be honest, but I do have respect for him. I respect the fact that, along with a couple of others, he came out and he came out very strongly and agreed with what I said on illegal immigration … I like him. He called me, he wanted to meet, and we are going to meet. What it’s about, I have absolutely no idea.
Trump on Iranian nuclear capabilities:
I’d hate to inherit the deal [with Iran] … Ultimately, they’re going to have the nukes all over the place.
Trump on illegal immigrants:
Illegal immigrants are causing tremendous problems coming in … There’s crime, it’s a crime wave, it’s a disaster … I have hundreds and hundreds of Mexicans working for me. I love Mexican people, I love their spirit … Mexico is sending a lot of their people over that they don’t want, and that includes people that should be in Mexican prisons, and you know it and I know it and nobody wants to talk about it.
Trump on how he knows Mexico is “sending a lot of their people” over who belong in prison:
I heard from five different sources … I’ll reveal my sources when you reveal your sources, Mark [to Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Politics]. I have a lot of information on it and so do — so does everyone else, and you probably do, too, and for some reason they don’t want to put out this information.
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Trump on Jeb Bush and his fundraising numbers:
We have grossly incompetent leadership. That is the one overriding theme, and [voters] don’t see it any better with Bush. He doesn’t have the energy, he’s not going to produce, and I will tell you that when he raises $100 million … every single person that he gave every single dollar is expecting something for that money. Every single person … So the $100 million that he raised is a bad thing, not a good thing.