“I say that you can defeat ISIS by taking their wealth,” Trump told the Fox News Channel star. “Take back the oil. Once you go over and take back that oil, they have nothing. You bomb the hell out of them, and then you encircle it, and then you go in. And you let Mobil go in, and you let our great oil companies go in. Once you take that oil, they have nothing left.”
He continued: “I would hit them so hard. I would find you a proper general, I would find the Patton or MacArthur. I would hit them so hard your head would spin.”
But he refused to say whether he’d send American ground troops into Syria. “I’m not telling you anything,” he said to O’Reilly. “And the reason I’m not is because if I run and I win, I don’t want them to know the game plan.”
Trump says he has little respect for most of the other GOP presidential hopefuls.
“I’ve been dealing with politicians all my life. They are all talk, no action,” Trump said. “Never going to get done. They’re controlled by the lobbyists, they’re controlled by donors, and they’re controlled by special interests. When I tell somebody to do something, I’m not going to get a lobbyist calling me the next day to say, ‘Please don’t do that even though it’s good for America.'”
Specifically, he got asked about Jeb Bush. Not a big fan. “The last thing we need is another Bush,” Trump said.
He doesn’t seem to think much of Jeb’s brother, George W., either. During the interview, Trump said, “I would be willing to bet I would have a great relationship with [Russian President] Vladimir Putin. It’s about leadership.” O’Reilly responded with, “You sound like George W. Bush when he looked into [Putin’s] soul and said he was a good guy.” Trump snarked, “Bush didn’t have the IQ.”
On the Dem side, meanwhile, he said Hillary Clinton makes him laugh. “I was watching her talking about income and equality. That can be beaten. All you have to do is take a look at her donor list.”
Meanwhile, Trump pronounced Mexico the new China. “I’ll cut off all – I’ll start charging for their product coming into this country. Mexico is living off the United States. … They will pay for the wall, and the wall will go up, and Mexico will start behaving. Mexico is not our friend.”
Trump’s putting China on notice too.
“We have rebuilt China,” he told O’Reilly. “They have taken our jobs, they’ve taken our manufacturing, they’ve taken everything from us. … They’ve taken money. Do you know that right now we owe China $1.3 trillion? We’re paying them interest. What you do to China is you say if you don’t behave we’re going to have to start taxing your goods coming into this country. … They charge us tariffs. We don’t charge them because we’re stupid. They charge us. And the largest bank in the world is right under this floor.”
Would Congress approve all of his proposed changes?
“Absolutely. I’ve been dealing with politicians all my life,” Trump said. “They’ll fold. They did a – that’s just what they do, Bill.”