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Trump outlines his goals for a second term in “Time”

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Aurélia End – Agence France-Presse in Washington

Published at 1:00 p.m.

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Leave the field open to states that prohibit abortion, deploy the army to expel immigrants, condition military support on America's allies: Donald Trump outlines the contours of what a second term would be, in a long published paper Tuesday by Time.

The former Republican president, candidate in the November election against Joe Biden , was asked in two interviews, one in person and the other by telephone, about what he would do if he won in November, including on the issue of abortion, an important topic of the campaign.

The 77-year-old tycoon, currently on trial in New York following one of the many investigations opened against him, kicks in when the journalist asks him if he would veto a federal law severely restricting the right to abortion.

“I don't have to veto it because now everything has gone back to the states,” he said, referring to a 2022 Supreme Court decision that ended federal protection of the right to abortion and returned this competence to the States.

Donald Trump also indicates that he would leave the field open to the latter if they decided to prosecute women who had aborted past the deadline: “I don't have to be comfortable or not comfortable” with that prospect.

« States will make this decision. »

On immigration, another central subject in view of the election, the Republican repeats that he would carry out mass expulsions.

“The National Guard (Editor's note: an army corps under the control of the States) should be able to take care of it. If not, I would use the army,” meaning federal troops, he told Time.

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In terms of the economy, he indicates that he is considering customs duties of “more than 10%” on all imports.

Regarding aid to Ukraine, Donald Trump says: “I will give (no more 'assistance) if Europe does not start doing as much' as ​​the United States.

The former president also judges that if South Korea wants the thousands of American soldiers based on its soil to remain there, it will have to pay more: “Why should we defend anyone ? And we are talking about a very rich country. »

“I believe that the enemy within is, in many cases, far more dangerous to our country than the external enemies of China, Russia and others,” says Donald Trump, who has repeatedly sung the praises of authoritarian leaders.

He says he is “absolutely” ready to pardon all those convicted for invading the Capitol on January 6, 2021, in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying his opponent Joe Biden's victory.

Asked about the possibility of political violence in the wake of the November election, Donald Trump, prosecuted among other things for his role in the January 6 assault and for electoral fraud in the state of Georgia, responds: “If we don’t win , you know, it depends. »

The Republican, who has never recognized the victory of his Democratic opponent in 2020, also believes that if the Supreme Court does not recognize him, as he asks him, presidential immunity, Joe Biden “will be prosecuted for all his crimes. »

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

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