Donald Trump spokesman Jason Miller on Wednesday repeatedly insisted that no foreign leader will insult Trump if he is elected president, arguing that the GOP nominee will quickly command respect.
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota noted that Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has insulted President Obama and asked Miller, “What would Donald Trump do if a president insulted him?”
“Well, they’re not going to insult Mr. Trump the same way they have insulted President Obama,” Miller replied.
Camerota pressed Miller, asking, “You think that if Donald Trump were president all of that would go away, no foreign leaders would ever insult the U.S. president?”
“I think what you’re going to see is we’re going to get back to winning again and that’s with Mr. Trump in the presidency. He’s going to be someone who these foreign leaders will respect,” Miller responded.
Camerota asked Miller once more about how Trump would handle insults from foreign leaders.
“I want to move on but I just want to make sure you think that — so if he were insulted, if Donald Trump were insulted, by any foreign leader, what would he do?”
“I think he probably would speak his mind like Mr. Trump does speak his mind,” Miller said in response. “But again even before that, I think they’re going to respect him in a completely different light. When you look at Secretary Clinton, and her failed leadership, President Obama’s failed leadership, we’ve seen everything go terribly over the past eight years with the rise of ISIS, the Middle East becoming less stabilized. That’s not going to happen with Mr. Trump.”
Throughout his campaign Trump has claimed that he will command respect as president. When asked in a July interview about what would happen if Russia invaded Ukraine while he was in office, Trump claimed that such a thing would never happen under his leadership.
“I don’t think they’d be doing that for one minute,” Trump told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade. “Because I think they respect me. They don’t respect President Obama.”
However, several foreign leaders have expressed concern about Trump’s candidacy. Former British Prime Minister David Cameron criticized Trump’s proposed Muslim ban, prompting Trump to acknowledge that he may not “have a very good relationship” with Great Britain. And the British Parliament actually debated banning Trump from the country. French President Francois Hollande also said he preferred Hillary Clinton to Trump, saying in June that Trump would “would complicate relations between Europe and the U.S.”