EXCLUSIVE | One-on-one with presidential candidate Donald Trump
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
One-on-One with Trump
Donald Trump packed the Henderson Pavilion for a rally Wednesday afternoon and fired up his supporters, hoping to win Nevada in just 34 days during the General Election.
Just before Trump took the stage, he spoke with News 3's Jim Snyder, spending a few minutes on local and national topics that impact voters selecting their next President of the United States.
During a conversation about nuclear waste storage, Trump acknowledged his familiarity with Nevada's Yucca Mountain.
"You're a proponent of more nuclear power plants. We have 100 now in the U.S., none of them in our state, why should we have to store the waste 90 miles from here, in a city that draws 40,000,000 tourists a year," asked Snyder.
Trump didn't have an answer prepared, but promised to circle back.
"I'm very friendly with this area. I have the hotel here, I will tell you I'm going to take a look at it because so many people here are talking about it. I'll take a look at it, and the next time you interview me, I'll have an answer," said Trump.
Trump was pressed on the issue as it pertains to tourism in southern Nevada.
"Got an idea, just brainstorming, bury the waste under the wall, no one would come near it," said Snyder. "...the concern is, if we had it it would hurt the tourism industry, scare people, do you share that concern?"
"Number one is safety and it is a little too close to major population, so I will take a look at it and I will have an opinion," said Trump.
One of Donald Trump's campaign slogans is "Make America Great Again", but for many local voters on the fence, Trump's hesitance to allow a union at Trump Tower in Las Vegas is concerning.
"Culinary Union, very important here, most hotels on the strip have deals with them, Trump Tower does not. Why not," asked Snyder.
Trump alluded to a possible negotiation saying, "Well I think we're going to end up working something out with them, we have good relationships and I think we'll end up getting something that is satisfactory."
"Well, that union support is important, you want an October surprise, you could sign a contract with them and maybe get some support that way," suggested Snyder.
Trump wasn't worried about support saying, "I think we'll do very well here, we just got polls that show we're doing very well and I think that will work out very well."
International tourism is important to southern Nevada's infrastructure. In the past, Trump has suggested 'getting tough' with American trading partners.
"Do you worry that a trade war would hurt tourism and your business interests here," asked Snyder.
Trump supported his comments saying, "It will actually help, we're just talking about fairness, not like tough like we're not going to do business. Just tough so the US can make something."
"But what if China said no more visas to go to Las Vegas and stay at Trump Tower," pressed Snyder.
"If China ever did that, and we cut off relationship with China, China would go bust so fast," said Trump.
Another topic, hot since the beginning of Trump's campaign, was his view of women and the comments he's made about their appearance.
"You have two beautiful daughters past their teenage years, can you understand the concern from parents of younger girls that some of your comments could be hurtful to girls struggling with body image and the pressure to be model perfect," asked Snyder.
Trump blamed entertainment.
"A lot of that was done for the purpose of entertainment, there's nobody that has more respect for women than I do," he said.
"Are you trying to tone it down now," asked Snyder.
"It's not a question of trying, it's very easy," said Trump.
Part of Donald Trump's economic plan is to take in less and spend more. Snyder asked Trump how his business would survive if that model was put into place, shrinking revenue and growing expenditures.
"We want to put people to work in this country, it's dead broke, we owe $20 trillion, doubled under Obama's years," said Trump.
"But isn't that deficit going to go up in the short term, until your tax cuts start to work," asked Snyder.
Trump said he was confident.
"I don't think it will go up in the short-term, we're going to bring in tremendous numbers of businesses," he said.
As for his performance in the first debate, Trump says he doesn't plan to do a single thing differently during the second one.
"A lot of people said I won the first debate."
Trump told News 3 that he thinks his running mate, Governor Mike Pence, did very well in the Vice Presidential Debate.
As for Alec Baldwin's performance as the Republican Nominee, Trump said he was satisfied with Baldwin's portrayal.