Trump talks midterms, health care, and unity in one-on-one interview

Published: Nov. 5, 2018 at 3:21 PM CST
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On this day before Election Day, President Donald Trump is working to get out the vote in Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri. But he's also taking time to speak to the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in a one-on-one interview.

Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro met with the president at the White House Monday. She asked him about the midterms, the issue of health care, and trying to unite a divided country.

Interview transcript:

JACQUELINE: Your administration has accomplished a lot of your promises already. But if Democrats win big, that could all change. Have you thought about how you’ll handle it?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we’ll just have to fight it out, and we’ll see, and maybe they’ll come their senses. One of the reasons I think they’re not doing very well is the fact that they’ve become very angry. We say they’ve become mob-like, but the truth is, that’s really what’s happening.

JACQUELINE: In our own Gray Television polls, voters in several states told use health care is a top concern. Why should voters trust Republicans to handle this issue, because Democrats say you’re going to take away health care.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, it’s just the opposite. We’re the ones that are really going to protect it. And if you remember, we got rid of the individual mandate, which was the most unpopular part of Obamacare. We have premiums down to a very low level — the lowest level they’ve been in a long time…And I agree — the Democrats seem to have the edge PR-wise — public relations-wise — but we’ve actually done a much better job with health care than they have, and we’re the ones that are fixing it.

JACQUELINE: There’s a lot dividing Americans right now. No matter what happens on Election Day, our nation will turn to you — the president — to bring people together. How do you plan to get it done?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I think success is brining us together. I think it’s much more together than people would understand. We have an election coming up, and after the election, you’ll see a difference in tone, I believe. You certainly will from our standpoint…We have the greatest economy — literally on Friday — the greatest economy in the history of our country. It’s being run by the Republicans and myself…Nobody’s done what we’ve done in less than two years.

JACQUELINE: Mr. President, we certainly appreciate your time.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I appreciate it. Thank you.

Check out some behind the scenes pictures of our interview with President Donald J. Trump inside the Roosevelt Room at the White House.

Posted by Jacqueline Policastro on Monday, November 5, 2018