Trump: Top 3 Functions of U.S. Government Are Security, Health Care, and Education

By Lauretta Brown | March 30, 2016 | 12:56pm EDT

Donald Trump.  (AP) 

( – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was asked to name the top three functions of the United States Government at CNN’s town hall on Tuesday, and he said they are security, health care, and education.

At the event, Robert Kitelinger, an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, asked, “In your opinion, what are the top three functions of the United States government?”

Trump said, “Well, the greatest function of all, by far, is security for our nation. I would also say health care, I would also say education. I mean, there are many, many things, but I would say the top three are security, security, security.” 

“We have to have security for our country so that we can continue to exist as a country,” he explained. “We are in danger. Thousands and thousands of people are infiltrating our country. We don't know who they are.” 

“So top three, you're saying, security?” CNN host Anderson Cooper asked.

“Security, I say all top three are security, but health care, education, would be probably three that would be top, and then you can go on from there,” Trump replied. 

“But the military and the secure country, so that we have a country,” Trump emphasized. “Believe me, we've never been in a position, in my opinion, where our country is so vulnerable. Our military is being eaten away.” 

“So in terms of federal government role, you're saying security, but you also say health care and education should be provided by the federal government?” Cooper followed up. 

“Well, those are two of the things,” said Trump.  “Yes, sure. I mean, there are obviously many things, housing, providing great neighborhoods.”

“Aren't you against the federal government's involvement in education? Don't you want it to devolve to states?” Cooper asked. 

“I want it to go to state, yes, absolutely,” Trump replied.

“So that's not part of what the federal government --” Cooper began to point out.

CNN's Anderson Cooper and Donald Trump.

(Associated Press)

“The federal government,” Trump interjected, “but the concept of the country is the concept that we have to have education within the country, and we have to get rid of Common Core and it should be brought to the state level.” 

“And federal health care run by the federal government?” Cooper asked. 

“We need health care for our people,” Trump replied, adding that, “Obamacare is a disaster.”

“But is that something the federal government should be doing?” Cooper asked.

“The government can lead it, but it should be privately done,” Trump said.

“It should be privately done,” he added.  “So that health care -- in my opinion, we should probably have -- we have to have private health care. We don't have competition in health care.”    

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