Celebrity tycoon and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump accused conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt of asking “gotcha questions” concerning world terror organizations and their leaders during an appearance on Hewitt’s show on Thursday.
When Hewitt asked the same questions later in the day (before the Trump interview circulated) of fellow Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, she said these questions “are at the heart of the threat that we face.”
Hewitt interviewed Trump after the GOP frontrunner signed a non-binding pledge to support the eventual Republican candidate and eliminate his third-party run. Listen to the audio of the interview here.
Trump, who has touted his military prowess in multiple speeches and interviews, said questions about the Islamic State and other world terror organizations were “inappropriate.”
“Well, that is a gotcha question, though,” he said. “I mean, you know, when you’re asking me about who’s running this, this this, that’s not, that is not, I will be so good at the military, your head will spin. But obviously, I’m not meeting these people. I’m not seeing these people. Now it probably will be a lot of changes, Hugh, as you go along.”
Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, easily answered similar questions about Hamas, Hezbollah and the Islamic State later on Hewitt’s Thursday show.
She said these questions were “not gotcha questions.”
I don’t think they’re “gotcha questions” at all. The questions you’re asking are at the heart of the threat that we face, that our ally, Israel, faces, that the world faces. It is critically important that America lead again in the world. It is critically important that we have a leader in the White House who understands the world and who’s in it and how it works. Who has been to these places. Who has met these leaders. Some of this you can read about in a briefing book, but there’s one level of understanding that you get when you read something. There’s another level of understanding that you get when you’re sitting in the back of a car and a driver gives you a map and Israel is literally wiped off the face of the map. That’s a whole different level of understanding, and I think that’s the kind of leadership we need the White House, honestly.
Listen to the audio of her interview here.