Mr. Trump, welcome back to Meet the Press, sir. Good morning, Chuck. Good morning. He is becoming ISIS' best recruiter. They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists. [End Video] Now, I know what you're about to say, no fact checker has been able to back up her claim on that. That's exactly correct. I was going to say that. Exactly correct. Right. That nobody has been able to back that up. It's nonsense. It's just another Hillary lie. She lies like crazy about everything, whether it's strips where she was being gunned down in a helicopter or an airplane, she's a liar and everybody knows that. I mean -- but she just made this up in thin air. But let me ask you this. No, because I think that my words represent toughness and strength. Hillary is not strong. Hillary is weak, frankly. She's got nothing. Wait, let me stop... She doesn't have... -- you there. -- she couldn't even get back -- George, she couldn't even get back on the stage. Nobody knows what happened to her. It's like she went home and went to sleep. Why do you keep going on this? She couldn't even get back on the stage last night. Why? I'll tell you why. Why? Because we need a president with great strength and great stamina. And Hillary doesn't have that. We cannot have another bad president like we have right now. We need a president with tremendous intelligence, smarts, cunning, strength and stamina. There's a lot of things I've heard about... And Hillary doesn't have that. -- Hillary Clinton, the idea, though, she did travel more than any secretary of State. It's a grueling job. This is somebody that has been on a -- on the national stage for 25 years. But she's sitting in an airplane, Chuck. Well, so are you. But Chuck, she may have traveled a lot, but you know what, she didn't do the job, because the entire world blew up around her. So she wasted a lot of time and a lot of energy and a lot of money and, frankly, she wasted a lot of lives, because her policies were a disaster for the world. The Middle East has blown up around her. Her decisions were horrible. And hundreds of thousands of people have been killed because of her faulty decisions. I've heard you say that. Of course. Where? Of course. What is this charge? How about Libya? How about all the bad decisions made? Look, how about Libya? How about what's going on right now with the migration, which essentially was caused by her faulty decisions along with her president, her leader. Our great president, who is grossly incompetent. How about now? You look at our president, how about the Iran deal, one of the worst deals I've ever seen negotiated in my life, Chuck? I mean it's just bad deal, bad decision after bad deal after bad decision. Why are you so comfortable praising Vladimir Putin? I'm not. I didn't praise him. He praised me. He called me brilliant. He said very nice things about me. I mean I -- I accepted... You -- well, you called him a strong leader. I mean I think he's -- I'm sure he's 100... You... -- he is a strong leader. What am I going to say, he's a weak leader? He's making mincemeat out of our president. He is a strong leader. I mean you would like me to call him a weak leader. He's a strong leader. And I'm not going to be politically correct. He's got an 80 percent approval rating done by pollsters from, I understand, this country, OK? So it's not even done by his pollsters. He's very popular within Russia. Now, that may change, but I'm not -- he -- I didn't say anything one way or the other. He came out with a very nice statement about me and I said that's very nice, I'm honored by it. And it would be very nice if we got along with Russia, Chuck. It's not a bad thing, it's a good thing. He cannot stand our president. He doesn't like President Obama. I think it would be a positive thing if Russia and the United States actually got along and they could work to the mutual good of getting rid of ISIS and clean things up. I mean right now, we don't get along with them at all. Right. But right now, Vladimir Putin is the best ally Iran has around the world and the best ally that Assad has... No, no... -- in Syria. -- by making -- by making the horrible deal, one of the worst deals I've ever seen made in my entire life, giving them $150 billion, a 24 day check periods, which don't start for a long time after that, 24 day check periods, self-inspection, they -- we don't get our prisoners back, our four prisoners, we don't get them back. We gave them $150 billion. We happen to be in its own sick and horrible way, we happen to have been one of the great allies of -- of Iran, if you want to know the truth. And by the way, just to add to that... Yes? -- we also handed them Iraq on a silver platter. We gave them Iraq with the second largest oil reserves in the world. They're taking over Iraq as you speak to me this morning. Yes. So we gave them one of the best deals ever made and by the way, they're taking that money now... Right. -- and they're giving it to Russia... Do you... -- and others, where they're buying armaments with... Do you -- do you stand... -- which nobody ever reports. -- do you stick by the idea that the Middle East would be more stable today with Saddam Hussein and Gadhafi in power? One hundred percent. A hundred percent. There's not even - is - is there even a doubt in your mind? And you wouldn't have the migration. And you wouldn't have people coming over to this country that we have no idea who they are. And if I win, they're going to have to go back because we have no idea who they are. And if you become president - One hundred percent. Do you let Assad - And you know what we would have done with - Do you let Assad stay? You know what we - Do you let Assad stay? You know what, well, you can't fight Assad and ISIS at the same time. You have to fight ISIS first. And I don't say Assad is good, but I think what this - That's exactly what Bernie Sanders believes, by the way. You and Bernie Sanders are in line on this. Well, that's OK. Then I agree with him on that. I'm - I'm' - it's OK to agree with - he's a guy - I don't agree with him on much, but if he says that, I'm OK with it. Let me just tell you, you can't fight them both at the same time. And I say Assad's a bad guy. But we don't know who the rebels are that are fighting. Every time we get involved with rebels, take a look at Libya, take a look - Right. All these rebels, look what they did to our ambassador and those young - young men, those wonderful young men. Every time we get involved - in Benghazi, I'm talking about. Every time we get involved with rebels - Right. The rebels, they call them the freedom rebels, always nice names, it ends up being far worse than the people that were there in the first place. So Assad is not a good guy. Yes. But the people that we're backing, a lot of people think they're ISIS. That we're actually backing ISIS. So what are we doing? We have to get rid of ISIS first. Assad we can think about later on. Let me ask you to respond to your friend Jeb Bush and what he had to say about you yesterday. Take a listen to the full quote and I'll get you on the other side. [Begin Video] Just one other thing. I've got to get this off my chest. Donald Trump is a jerk. Thank you. I feel better now. I just - I just - I gave myself therapy there. Thank you for allowing me to do it. [End Video] Well, this has escalated between you and Mr. Bush. Look, his people gave him that quote. You could see he was just saying, OK, I'm ready now. I'm ready now to say it. Jeb is a weak and ineffective person. He's also a low-energy person, which I've said before, but he's a weak and ineffective person. Jeb, if he were president, it would just be more of the same. It would be just [Inaudible]. He's got money from all of the lobbyists and all of the special interests that run him like a puppet. Yes. I mean - He's got 2 percent in the polls. I have 41 percent in the latest poll. He has 2 percent. He's going to be off the stage soon. OK. He's an embarrassment to the Bush family. And, in fact, he doesn't even want to use the Bush name, which is interesting. Jeb is an embarrassment to himself and to his family. Why - And the Republican Party - Yes. Has - has essentially - they're not even listening to Jeb. Why - Jeb is saying that. By the way, Jeb - Yes. Jeb is only saying that to try and get a little mojo going. OK. But in the meantime, I went up 11 points in the new Fox poll. Right. I went up 11 points - Yes. After the debate and he went down two. Very quickly, why are you - why has Ted Cruz caught you in Iowa? We can dispute whether you're ahead by a point or two, whether he's ahead by five or six. But the fact of the matter is, Ted Cruz has caught you in Iowa and he might beat you in Iowa. Well, look, I just got back - Chuck, I just got back from Iowa last night. I was there for a long time yesterday. We had a tremendous rally. And, frankly, I think we're doing great in Iowa. I - I don't know. I mean I can't tell you who caught who. I think Ted is doing well and I'm doing well. It looks like a two-person race because everyone else is way behind. But I'm doing really well with evangelicals who I love. I'm doing really well with every group. With the Tea Party groups, everybody. I mean I can only speak for myself. We really have a good team in Iowa and I'll find out - let's see what happens on February 1st. But Ted is doing well there and I'm doing well there. And if you look at the numbers in New Hampshire, I mean I'm through the roof there. Yes. And in South Carolina, I'm through the roof there. I mean I'm way ahead in those two states. And Ted and I are pretty even, although the last three polls - Yes. Have me up in Iowa, as you know. Is it pretty fair to say that if you're not the nominee, you'd prefer Ted Cruz? No, I don't want to say anything about that. But Ted has been very nice to me, very respectful. Very - almost in every single instance he backs my ideas and, you know, probably more so. And Ben Carson has been very nice also. I mean I've had people - look, I get along with a lot of the - Right. Believe it or not, I get along with a lot of the people on that stage, but Ted has been very nice to me, yes. Well, I think everybody right now except Mr. Bush. You, too. I look forward to a face to face before - right after the first of the year. You, too. Merry Christmas, happy New Year to everybody - You got it. Stay safe. And it's been an - It's been an interesting time. Thank you very much. Yes, it has, sir. Thank you.