Here at Imus in the morning program. Please welcome in the program, the man is going to be the Republican nominee for president. Donald Trump. Good morning, Mr. Trump. Hello, Don. First of all congratulations, 16 down, one to go. Yeah, it's been amazing. Hey, look I've been doing... I was just thinking while I'm waiting. How long have I been doing your show with Bernard and the whole group? Right, Bernard. Bernard's a big star now, you know, with the O'Reilly stuff you know that, right? Yes, I do know that. How long have I been doing this show, Don, right? Thirty five years. And this wasn't supposed to be in the cards, what we're doing now. But we've got to keep it going that's all there is. So now you have to raise by your own estimation $1.5 billion to run, where is that money going to come from? Well, I'm putting up some, but I'm going to you know we're going to raise a lot of money for the party. And we have very good relationships, have an interesting meeting tomorrow and I think that will go very well. Paul Ryan who is a very good person by the way and he you know loves the party and loves the country. I think that will be good but whether to raise a lot of money for the party, and I think the number would be probably a billion not a billion five. I spend money you know less. I'm a little bit less on the spending. You know I spent so far like 38 million, 40 million on the race, with a lot of money. But Jeb Bush spent 230. And he ended up nowhere and you know, I spent actually less than anybody else and I'm in first place, so that's a good thing. So I think I know how to spend it. Maybe that's why people like me as the president. Right? So where do you put yourself in a position of having to take money from people who... or organizations or industries, big pharma people like that, then are going to expect something? Well, they're really paying... many money is going to be paid to the party not to me I don't want to take money. So I'm not taking money but the party will take money, and the party is going to be supporting me and other people you know and many other people, and I'm going to continue to fund also my my own stuff. But the party will out... the party will be, I think raising a lot of money. Hopefully, raising a lot of money. Plus, we'll also be spending the money on senators and other people that are running for office. And this meeting you're mentioning going to have with Paul Ryan tomorrow. How does that work? I mean you show up, and you're [Inaudible], and he has, he is, and you all gettring rumor, just you and him or what happens? Well, I don't know yet. I mean I'm going to go and I'm going to see and we'll meet. And you know, I don't know Paul, I've met him one time. I've liked him. I think he's good man. I really think you know, probably will come out with something that's going to be good, I hope. Otherwise, I'll just continue on the path that I continue on. I mean, do you envision that will be a point to [Inaudible], I know you just said, you didn't know, but then it will just be you and Paul in a room together. That I don't know I think there might be, but I don't mind. He probably has a couple of people he feels comfortable with than I do and so it may be that way or maybe Paul and I and you know I think maybe more than anything else we have to get to know each other. He knows every other candidate. You know they're politicians and he knows them. He doesn't know me. And so I think maybe to a certain extent he wants to get to know me a little bit and I can understand that. But we'll just have to see how it plays out. And I think it's going to play out well and if it does, you'll be the first to know. You should walk in and offer him a VP slot. Yeah, well... It's [Inaudible] I said, number one, he wouldn't want it and he's doing a good job where he is. He wants to... look, that was not an easy one to fill. That was a... that was a tough deal, the whole speaker thing was a tough... that was a pretty tough deal. But you know, I expect it's going to be certainly interesting and I think it'll probably go well. Mike Tyson famously said everybody has a plan till they get punched in the mouth. One of the great lines in history. I agree. Do you think that... I mean has a way for you to know. But do you think Bill and Hillary and clearly Hillary Clinton, Senator Clinton that they had a plan, on the plan was to try to get Bernie to run not expected to do so well just to provide some opposition. And then that they were going to go into the fall fashion Jeb Bush and then here you come... they don't appear to be or do you think that they're prepared for you? Well, I think they're prepared. But you know, I'm running a campaign where we're going to make great trade deals. She can't do that. We're going to strengthen up our military, you know our military is decimated with all of the cuts and all of the other things and you just look at the way she's handled all of the different things when she would say. Look Libya, as an example, what a disaster with the Benghazi, with everything. You look at so many of the things as she said, it's so bad. But we're going to strengthen trade, we're going to strengthen borders, we're going to do things that she's... she wants to abolish the Second Amendment. I mean essentially she wants to abolish the Second Amendment, take everybody's guns away. I think that's a very bad issue for her. But you know, she's got it. I mean she's got that issue. I think we're going to do great, but very big for me is going to be trade, very big for me is going to be cutting you know waste, all of these countries that we defend are ripping us off like you wouldn't believe, Don, the numbers are astronomical. Do you think you're going to walk in the Oval Office and discover or maybe... have you thought about this, you're walking in there, and you discover that there are a lot of things that you want to do or thought you could do that you may not be able to do or may not be that easy? I'll find some of that but a lot of it... you know, I've been you know for a long time I've been involved in politics at the highest level for a long time, just not on this side. And I understand how it works. And I think I'll be able to do a lot of things. Obama can't do things. I mean Obama, he resorted to just signing executive orders all over the place. I mean Obama has never... how often do you see where everybody agrees... when was the last time you saw a vote where everybody agrees on something and they voted in, it doesn't seem like it even happens. If you think about it it's the level of of hatred in Washington between Republicans and Democrats is unbelievable. And I remember 10 years ago, 20 years ago you know certainly during Reagan where the Republicans-Democrats they fall but they got along. And a good example would be Tip O'Neill and Ronald Reagan. But today the hatred that they have for each other is unbelievable. Talking about taxes, the other day redefining, what you meant about raising taxes on wealthy people. But my question is how do you economically, how do you describe the middle class, what level of income in your view represents a middle class? I tell you one way to describe them is the people that have been absolutely disenfranchised in this country, because honestly I mean what's happened with people that are... that you would think of in terms of middle class and that definition changes all the time, but you really have... if you think of middle class you have different people in different cities, for instance in New York City a person that is middle class is like a rich person, in other parts of the country. You understand in terms of money? Of course. But the person in the other parts of the country may live much better because it's so expensive to live in New York and other places. But the people into the middle class in this country have been absolutely killed, not only with taxes, with every other way, their jobs have been taken away, they haven't had a pay raise in 18 years effectively a pay raise in 18 years. And I think that's one of the things and one of the reasons I'm doing well because I'm going to change is this stuff. You know, their jobs have been taken away, their companies have left for Mexico. China's taking so many of the jobs. Japan all these countries have just taken our jobs away and we're going... I know I have to stop it. And they know I know how to stop it and we don't want to have these rallies, Don. Have 20, 25,000 people in some of these rallies. And sometimes much more than that. I talk about how we stop it. And everybody understands it. Everybody agrees. You know, when they take our companies there have to be consequences. We can't just let it keep going like this because Mexico what they've done to us and what they're doing to us is incredible. Carrier air conditioning just left, it just leaving for Mexico now. Ford is building massive plants in Mexico. I mean our jobs are being taken away. We're not going to have any jobs left. I'm talking with Donald Trump, here in Imus in the morning program. John McCain, a friend of mine for years, and when you were talking about him not being an American hero, I believe and not liking people who were captured. And in fact that of course as you know. Was shot down flying a fighter jet over North Vietnam, and then was captured in that manner. And he has said that he doesn't want an apology from you or for him personally. But he thinks you ought to apologize to the tens of thousands of people [Inaudible], who were captured by no fault of their own. Well, I've actually done that Don, and frankly I like John McCain and John McCain is a hero. Also heroes are people that are you know whether they get caught or don't get caught. They're all heroes as far as I'm concerned. That's the way it should be. So you regret saying that? I don't... you know, I like not to regret anything. I mean you do things, and you say things, and what I said frankly is what I said. And you know some people like what I said if you want to know the truth. I mean there are many people that like what I said. You know after I said that my poll numbers went up seven points. I mean for whatever reason. No, I understand a lot but... You understand that. I mean some people liked what I said, but I like John McCain and in my eyes John McCain is a hero. I mean John McCain is a good guy. So in my view, and one of the... a little things that I've said about you even though I've never said I wasn't going to vote for him, I am going to vote for you. But then a guy who got three or four deferments to keep from going to Vietnam probably shouldn't be characterizing people like John McCain as anything, do you think? I understand that. Well, I had... I was going to college, I had student deferments. I understand that. I also got a great lottery number, Don, which frankly I got. I think it was 356 which is out of... I guess I don't know what the final number was but it was like one of the low numbers. I got to... Well, I tell people, when they asked me what I was doing, I was... well, I was in the Marine Corps. I said, I was in the jungles of Vietnam killing the Kong, when in fact I played a big role in a band at Camp Pendleton. I understand that. I do feel that, you know one of the reasons I was very much involved in building the Vietnam Memorial in New York is you know you probably remember and to this day, I mean everybody people that fought in Vietnam are always thanking me for that. But I did that because I really wanted to do something. You know, I wanted to do something but I did I had student deferments. I had a good draft number and you know, so frankly I'm very you know, I feel fine about it. The Vietnam War was a war that was a mistake. It was big mistake, a horrible mistake just like Iraq was a mistake. You know, these people we have leading us make a lot of... Don Jr., was a marvelous, short matter I've done on and off for years. And your son Eric and Ivanka, and her husband have played a fairly significant role in your campaign to your benefit probably. And so my question is, is there a role do you envision, a role for them in your administrations, should you get elected? Well, I don't think so. I think you know there's a little thing called nepotism which maybe isn't good. Well, Kennedy's brother was attorney general. You're right. That's exactly right. But they are fantastic people. They are wonderful kids. I would call them that. I'll always call them kids. They always be my kids, like your boys, they'll always going to be your child. But no matter how old he is, right, one of those things. But I will say that they are doing really well. They'll be running the business because I won't have anything to do with the business anymore. And they will be running the business and that they will do a good job. And you know, I'll probably keep it at that. Ivanka is another one. She's been fantastic. Very smart. You know she's been great. Let me get this final question, in front of Obama's going to Hiroshima today. He's going to have to try it on, a fairly tenuous tightrope while discouraging nuclear proliferation in the world. Also, has a lot to apologize for Hiroshima. What do you think he should do? Well number one, he should not apologize. It was a war and you know a lot of crap. I don't think he's going to. I hope he doesn't, he shouldn't, he's going there it does not bother me because it really shows the tremendous you know power of nuclear, you know it reminds people of this single biggest threat to the world in my opinion, nuclear, not global warming, nuclear. You know, Obama said, it's global warming. But I think his going there is absolutely fine. He should not apologize in any way shape or form. But it does show the fact that you know this nuclear proliferation is a disaster. And by the way the Iran deal does nothing to solve that problem as you know. What a jerk. Well, 16 down, one to go. Yes, 16 down, one to go and it's great to talk to you, Don. Thank you very much. You just keep up the good work. Okay?