Trump on the Debt Limit: 'I Want to Be Unpredictable'

Susan Jones | October 19, 2015 | 5:20am EDT
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Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Richmond, Va. on Oct. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

( - Republican Donald Trump says he sees "tremendous discontent" and "tremendous problems" in the country, and that's why he's running for president.

But pressed on how he would solve some of those problems, Trump told "Fox News Sunday" that he wants to be "unpredictable."

Host Chris Wallace asked Trump if he would be willing to engage in a showdown over the debt limit:

"OK, I would use the debt limit," Trump responded. "I don't want to say -- I want to be unpredictable, because, you know, we need unpredictability. Everything is so predictable with our country.

"But I would be very, very strong on the debt limit. And I would be asking for a very big pound of flesh if I were the Republicans.

"And the problem with the Republicans, they have two sides. The smaller side was very strong and the other side is always agreeing and, you know, you can't do that."

Wallace also asked Trump if he would be willing to "shut down the government" to defund Planned Parenthood or in pursuit of some other policy goal:

"I do not want to say that because I want to show unpredictability. You have to. You can't just go around and say that.

"But Planned Parenthood should absolutely be defunded. I mean if you look at what's going on with that, it's terrible. And many of the things should be defunded and many things should be cut."

On another topic, Trump said he would cut personal and corporate income taxes, and he'd also cut spending.

Would you cut entire federal agencies? Wallace asked him:

"I may cut Department of Education," Trump said. "I believe Common Core is a very bad thing. I believe that we should be no -- you know, educating our children from Iowa, from New Hampshire, from South Carolina, from California, from New York. I think that it should be local education.

He said he opposes the idea of having "Washington, D.C., bureaucrats" educate children.

"Environmental Protection (Agency), what they do is a disgrace," Trump continued. "Every week they come out with new regulations. They're making it impossible --

"Who's going to protect the environment?" Wallace interrupted.

"They -- we'll be fine with the environment. We can leave a little bit, but you can't destroy businesses."

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