By Sarah Binder The Hill (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he has a “very good chance” of defeating Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton in the next two elections.
In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters, Trump said: “We have a very good chance of winning this race, OK?
I think that’s a very important statement.””
I don’t want to say too much about it, but I think I’m going to win this race,” he said, without giving any specific polling numbers.
Trump said he wants to see a “balanced” tax system, a federal healthcare program that he says would provide health care for everyone and a balanced budget.
But he said the GOP has not focused enough on a more muscular defense in the wake of a deadly drone strike in Pakistan, which he said had “killed many innocent people.”
“We need to be a nation of peace and tolerance,” he told Reuters.
The United States is on the verge of a major national security crisis after North Korea conducted its fourth and largest nuclear test in two months.
Trump has pledged a major crackdown on North Korea and is also trying to renegotiate U.S.-China trade deals, but some U.N. Security Council members have said they would not support a U.P.C. resolution to force North Korea to halt its weapons program.
Trump has been criticized for his response to the attack, which killed two American soldiers.
He called the strike “a grave mistake.”
In an interview with ABC News on Wednesday, Trump also said he would be willing to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program.
“We’ve got a great relationship with Iran,” Trump said.
“Iran is our most important ally, and I think we can have a great partnership.”
The United Nations Security Council has been unable to reach an agreement on the nuclear program of Iran and six other world powers because of U.V.S. President Donald Trump says Iran “hasn’t lived up to its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and will never be able to live up to it.”
Trump, a New York businessman and reality TV star, has proposed a plan to dismantle the NPT, which limits nuclear proliferation in the 21st century.
Trump also has said he might move the U.K. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem if he is elected president.
“The world will wake up and say, ‘Wait a minute, that guy is talking,’ ” Trump said, referring to Trump.
“That’s not going to happen.”
A U.D. of Israel has also warned that Trump’s plan could trigger a new round of war with Iran.
Trump, who has said that he wants a two-state solution, has repeatedly said he believes he can work with Israel and the Palestinians, despite being critical of Israeli settlement building.
The two-day forum was hosted by the Washington Post, which has endorsed Clinton and Trump.
Trump and the other candidates who participated did not mention Israel in their remarks.
“I think Israel is an outstanding, proud, Jewish nation, and a strong and secure nation, as you know,” Trump told Reuters at the event, where he was flanked by two other men.
“And I think if we have a country like Israel, and Israel can live up there, and it can have peace, that’s fine.
I’m not opposed to peace, but Israel can have security, and we have peace.”
Clinton said in the interview: “I would like to think that our relationship with Israel can be very strong and that it will be, in the long run, an example for all of the world.”
“But I think you can see that, and the world is watching, and they’re watching,” she added.
Trump also said the United States will not allow the Iran nuclear deal to fail.
“Iran will fail,” he predicted.
“They will be defeated.
And it’s not just a deal, it’s a failure.
They will be destroyed.
We have to destroy them.”
He also said his policy towards North Korea is the same as his policy toward Iran, and he would push for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
“What we have to do is just negotiate a better deal, a much better deal,” he says.
“So I think a diplomatic resolution to the North Korean issue will be a very positive thing.
I think it will lead to a much more peaceful world.”
Asked about Trump’s recent comments on the issue, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the secretary is “concerned about his comments.”
“He does not believe diplomacy is the best way to address North Korea’s continuing nuclear and missile development,” Tillerson said.