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Donald Trump on Technology

2016 Republican nominee for President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President

 


Close our Internet up, to fight ISIS terrorist recruitment

Q: You recently suggested "closing that Internet up," as a way to stop ISIS from recruiting online. Some say that would put the US in line with China and North Korea.

TRUMP: ISIS is recruiting through the Internet. ISIS is using the Internet better than we are using the Internet, and it was our idea. I want to get our brilliant people from Silicon Valley and other places and figure out a way that ISIS cannot do what they're doing. You talk freedom of speech. I don't want them using our Internet to take our young, impressionable youth. We should be using our most brilliant minds to figure a way that ISIS cannot use the Internet. And then we should be able to penetrate the Internet and find out exactly where ISIS is and everything about ISIS. And we can do that if we use our good people.

Q: So, are you open to closing parts of the Internet?

TRUMP: I would certainly be open to closing areas where we are at war with somebody. I don't want to let people that want to kill us \use our Internet.

Source: 2015 CNN/Salem Republican two-tier debate , Dec 15, 2015

Crumbling infrastructure costs $200B in reduced productivity

This country's infrastructure is falling apart. According to engineers, one out of every nine bridges in this country is structurally deficient, approximately a quarter of them are already functionally obsolete, and almost a third of them have exceeded their design lives.

Our infrastructure is terrible, and it's only getting worse and more expensive to fix. It's already costing the American people and estimated $200 billion a year in reduced productivity. That number is increasing annually. Instead of being at the office or in the factory getting work done, Americans waste countless hours every day sitting in traffic jams or waiting for stalled trains. We depend on our truckers to deliver the goods we need, and they end up wasting an unbelievable amount of time because our highway system is falling apart.

I wonder, why can't we get these problems fixed? The answer is that the people we put in charge don't know how to fix them.

Source: Crippled America, by Donald Trump, p.120-2 , Nov 3, 2015

Net neutrality is top down power grab of the Internet

Donald Trump shoots from the hip when it comes to Net neutrality--and most subjects. In a tweet Trump thundered, "Obama's attack on the internet is another top down power grab. Net neutrality is the Fairness Doctrine. Will target the conservative media."

Given Trump's current war with Fox News, he may be reconsidering his defense of conservative media. But in any case, the defense is ill-placed: The Fairness Doctrine--an FCC policy from the late '40s that said broadcasters must present issues in an honest, equitable, and balanced way--was eliminated in 1987. It has nothing to do with Net neutrality.

As one pundit noted, "How keeping the Internet accessible to everyone is somehow a power grab, or how it will somehow oppress conservatives, is beyond us. The Fairness Doctrine required equal time for opposing views; Net neutrality allows any idiot to use the Internet however he so chooses, without having to pay extra fees in order for people to actually see it.."

Source: InfoWorld, "Where the candidates stand on net neutrality" , Sep 25, 2015

FactCheck: 24% of our bridges are in trouble, not 59%

Trump claimed "59% of our bridges are in trouble." That's way off. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) says 24% of the nation's bridges were "structurally deficient" or "functionally obsolete" in 2014.

On Aug. 25, Trump said, "Our bridges, 59% of our bridges are in trouble. Think--whoever heard of that? I mean, in trouble. Serious trouble." Whoever heard of that? Not the FHWA. The agency annually produces a report on the state of the nation's bridges. The FHWA's most recent report found 61,365 bridges were "structurally deficient" and 84,525 were "functionally obsolete" in 2014. That's a total of 24%

Functionally obsolete doesn't mean the bridge is unsafe: it may be the source of traffic jams or may not have a high enough clearance to allow an oversized vehicle.

We don't mean to minimize the number of bridges in need of attention, but the number is simply not as high as Trump says. Where did he get the figure 59%? We don't know. His campaign did not respond to our questions.

Source: FactCheck.org on 2016 presidential hopefuls , Aug 27, 2015

Rebuild our infrastructure on time & on budget

[As president I'd] rebuild the country's infrastructure. Nobody can do that like me. Believe me. It will be done on time, on budget, way below cost, way below what anyone ever thought.

I look at the roads being built all over the country, and I say I can build those things for one-third. What they do is unbelievable, how bad.

We have to rebuild our infrastructure, our bridges, our roadways, our airports. You come into La Guardia Airport, it's like we're in a third world country. You look at the patches and the 40-year-old floor. They throw down asphalt. And I come in from China and I come in from Qatar and I come in from different places, and they have the most incredible airports in the world. You come to back to this country and you have LAX, disaster. You have all of these disastrous airports. We have to rebuild our infrastructure.

Source: 2015 announcement speeches of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jun 16, 2015

Emmy award & Hollywood Walk of Fame for "The Apprentice"

Trump is the Emmy-nominated star and co-producer of the reality television series, "The Apprentice" which quickly became the number one show on television, making ratings history and receiving rave reviews and world wide attention. "The Celebrity Apprentice" has met with great success as well, being one of the highest rated shows on television. The Apprentice's record 14th season premiered in January, 2015. "You're fired!" is listed as the third greatest television catchphrase of all time.

In 2007, Trump received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he is among the highest paid public speakers in the world. The Apprentice has raised over $15 million for charity.

Source: 2016 presidential campaign website, DonaldJTrump.com , Jun 16, 2015

China threatens US with cyber warfare & industrial espionage

Where do you think Communist Chinese President Hu Jintao plans to direct most of China's educational and economic edge? That's right, the military and weapons industries.

What China is doing on the cyber warfare front is equally alarming. Cyber spying can isolate network weaknesses and allow the Chinese to steal valuable intelligence.

China presents three big threats to the United States in its outrageous currency manipulation, its systematic attempt to destroy our manufacturing base, and its industrial espionage and cyber warfare against America. The Chinese have been running roughshod over us for years. Obama claims we can't do what's in our interests because it might spark a "trade war"--as if we're not in one now.

Source: Time to Get Tough, by Donald Trump, p. 32-33 , Dec 5, 2011

Took chance by starting Clear Channel radio program

The word visionary evokes a lot of images and definitions, some even being a Don Quixote. It often connotes someone who is idealistic. There is nothing wrong with that as long as it's contained within reason. Visionaries move the world along into new dimensions.

One of the worst fears we can have is the fear to attempt something. I wasn't sure I'd be a success on the radio, but I went for it and my program on Clear Channel was a big hit. But I had to take the chance first to find out.

Source: Think Like a Champion, by Donald Trump, p. 28-9 , Apr 27, 2010

Computer industry is overheated

Today the computer and technology industries are hot, but that doesn't mean that they won't cool off quickly. It just seems to me that they are overheated, and competition is strong. When I read about all of the different companies producing new computers by the thousands, it seems like a very tough business to me. But then, I don't even know how to turn on a computer. Therefore, I'm not a natural investor in technology. If you are drawn to this sector, at least approach it with an advisor.
Source: The Art of the Comeback, by Donald Trump, p.191 , Oct 27, 1997

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