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Donald Trump taped an interview for “Today” that aired Tuesday (April 19). He talks about his presidential bid. Here are some highlights:

On President Obama’s birth certificate issue: “What I am saying is there is a question. There is a bigger question now than two months ago when I first started. He doesn’t have — he might have it — and I hope he has it … I hope he does. I would love him to come out with a proper birth certificate.”

On Karl Rove’s comment that Trump is an inconsequential candidate: “So inconsequential that I’m leading in every poll … I know many people at the White House and one in particular. The last person [President Obama] wants to run against is Donald Trump. That I can
tell you.”

On China: “I have built a fantastic company with a fantastic worth. This country needs somebody that can do a great job. When you see what China is doing to us, we’ll lose $300 billion to China this year and they are taking our jobs. They are doing it through manipulation of the currency … If you have the right messenger they won’t do it for long … We have the cards. They don’t. They have some of our debt. Big deal . It’s a small number relative to the world. okay? My policy is simple. I would tell China very nicely, fellows, you’re my friend, I like you very much — and I have made a lot of money with China – I would say we are going to put a 25% tax on all your products coming in and that’s going to do a number of things. Number one, as soon as they believe it will happen they will behave so nicely because it would destroy their economy.”

On the budget deficit: “I think Paul Ryan is too far out front with the issue. He ought to sit back and relax … The world is destroying our country. These other countries are sapping our strength. OPEC is sapping our strength. We can’t pay $108 a barrel oil. It’s sapping our country. By the way, they are going to raise it higher because Saudi Arabia said, there is plenty of oil. We want to create a strong country again and you can solve the deficit problem the easiest way … I’d stop raising the debt ceiling now. Go out, negotiate, make deals.”

On Mitt Romney: “I like Mitt Romney. I don’t know him, but I sort of like him. He has not resonated.”

On Sarah Palin: “I respect her a lot. She’s got a tremendous energy and a tremendous following. I think she’s been very unfairly treated.”

On his qualifications: “I think I’m presidential. I think I have a very high aptitude and I think I was at the best schools and always did good. I was a good student. there is only one thing I can do. Sometime prior to June I can announce I will run.”

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."