Hannity: You talked about Mexico. How quickly could you build the wall? How do you make them pay for the wall?
Trump: It's so easy!
Trump's proposal: We give Mexico "tens of billions of dollars a year,"1 but that doesn't really have anything to do with it.
We're not talking about a Great Wall of China, which is a "serious" wall. That wall is 13,000 miles long.2 The Mexican wall would only be about 1,000 miles or so.
The options for paying for it? A tariff, or they just give us the money. They need us badly, and Trump will be friends with Mexico.
Hannity clarifies: You want to do business with us, you pay for the wall? Trump: Of course! You know how easy that is?
Mexico will pay 100 percent of the cost. And if they don't, we'll charge them a tariff, because we need the wall. When you look at all of the murders and crime that's happening?3 Mexico is sending some rough people. Bad dudes.
Hannity: Again: Go to specifics, details. Obamacare: What's your alternative?
Trump's proposal: People will have health savings accounts. It costs the country and people very little. It's an amazing system. Prompted by Hannity, Trump adds that he'll cover catastrophic coverage and pre-existing conditions.
Obamacare is going to cost this country $1.6 trillion in 2016 when it kicks in.4 (Obama will be playing golf on one of Trump's courses by then.) Premiums are going up 40 percent, Hannity points out,5 and Trump says it's more than that. You can't use the coverage unless you get hit by a truck because the deductible is so high.
We also need to get rid of state-line coverage boundaries established by insurance companies, and every American could choose from all the competitors.
So that companies don't go out of business, the government will give a point to the insurers.
Hannity: Talk about a war on women. ... You said you would shut down the government to defund them. You also talked about some of the good things that they do.
Trump: They do good things!
Hannity: With the debt we have should we give them a penny?
Trump's proposal: Abortion is a small but brutal part of what Planned Parenthood does.6 They also serve women.
Jeb Bush was so bad on women's health issues the other day!7 We have to help women.
The answer: "Maybe unless they stop with the abortions, we don't do the funding for the stuff that they want. There are many ways you can do that, Sean."
And so ended the policy specifics portion of the interview.
3 There is no demonstrable correlation between illegal immigration and crime.
4 Initial cost estimates put the cost of Obamacare near Trump's estimate -- over 10 years. A revision from the Congressional Budget Office in March lowered the figure to $1.2 trillion.
6 Abortion services are a small part, indeed.
7 Bush said that he was "not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women's health issues."