Here Are the Questions Donald Trump Was Asked at the Fox Debate
Donald Trump continued attacking Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly on Monday, saying that she and her colleagues did not ask him the same caliber of questions as they did the other candidates.
"I was not asked about jobs," Trump said on NBC's Today Show. "I was not asked about, you know, nuclear. I was not asked about all of the problems—I wasn't asked about things that other people were asked about."
Trump added that other candidates came up to him during the debate to say that Kelly's question regarding his disparaging comments about women was "absolutely out of line," though Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks did not immediately respond Monday to a request to name the candidates in question.
On Friday, meanwhile, Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes lavished his anchors with praise. "I’m extremely proud of all of the moderators—they asked tough, important questions and did their job as journalists,” Ailes told Politico. “I think that was the best political debate team ever put on television. Their performance was outstanding."
Reviewing the questions that were asked directly to Trump—excluding the opening exchange by moderator Bret Baier for a pledge not to run as a third-party candidate—transcripts show the network was "tough," to use Ailes' word. But were they unfair? Leaving aside the debate over Trump's characterization of Kelly's demeanor (in which Trump said Kelly had "blood coming out of wherever"), here is the list of what the billionaire was asked:
1. Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” ... Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?
2. Mr. Trump, it has not escaped anybody’s notice that you say that the Mexican government, the Mexican government is sending criminals — rapists, drug dealers, across the border. Governor Bush has called those remarks, quote, “extraordinarily ugly.” I’d like you — you’re right next to him — tell us — talk to him directly and say how you respond to that and — and you have repeatedly said that you have evidence that the Mexican government is doing this, but you have evidence you have refused or declined to share. Why not use this first Republican presidential debate to share your proof with the American people?
2a. Mr. Trump, I’ll give you 30 seconds — I’ll give you 30 seconds to answer my question, which was, what evidence do you have, specific evidence that the Mexican government is sending criminals across the border? Thirty seconds.
3. Mr. Trump, ObamaCare is one of the things you call a disaster. ... Now, 15 years ago, uncalled yourself a liberal on health care. You were for a single-payer system, a Canadian-style system.Why were you for that then and why aren’t you for it now?
4. Mr. Trump, it’s not just your past support for single- payer health care. You’ve also supported a host of other liberal policies. Use — you’ve also donated to several Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton included, Nancy Pelosi.You explained away those donations saying you did that to get business-related favors. And you said recently, quote, “When you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.” ... So what specifically did … they do?
5. Mr. Trump, you talk a lot about how you are the person on this stage to grow the economy. I want to ask you about your business record. Trump corporations — Trump corporations, casinos and hotels, have declared bankruptcy four times over the last quarter-century. In 2011, you told Forbes Magazine this: “I’ve used the laws of the country to my advantage.” But at the same time, financial experts involved in those bankruptcies say that lenders to your companies lost billions of dollars. Question sir, with that record, why should we trust you to run the nation’s business?
5a. No, but the concept sir… that’s your line, but your companies have gone bankrupt.
5b. Well sir, let’s just talk about the latest example … which is Trump Entertainment Resorts, which went bankrupt in 2009. In that case alone, lenders to your company lost over $1 billion and more than 1,100 people were laid off. ... Is that the way you'd run the country?
6. Mr. Trump, in 1999, you said you were, quote, “very pro- choice.” Even supporting partial-birth abortion. You favored an assault weapons ban as well. In 2004, you said in most cases you identified as a Democrat. Even in this campaign, your critics say you often sound more like a Democrat than a Republican, calling several of your opponents on the stage things like clowns and puppets. When did you actually become a Republican?
7. Mr. Trump, 30 seconds to respond (to Jeb Bush's original question, which related to Trump's name-calling)
8. Candidates, you may not have seen the late developing news today our Fox Pentagon team broke earlier this evening about a top Iranian general traveling to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. His name is General Qassem Soleimani, he's blamed for hundreds of U.S. troops death in Iraq, and Afghanistan. His trip to Russia appears to directly violate U.N. Security Council resolutions to confine him to Iran. So, Mr. Trump, if you were president, how would you respond to this?
9. Mr. Trump, closing statement, sir.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story omitted a question about Iran.