Tamron Hall does not allow Donald Trump to spin
Tamron Hall did what few journalists have done when interviewing Donald Trump – she pressed him hard on his bumbling responses. Her interview skills forced the Donald to answer questions before he got a chance in any attempt to shut the interview down. Near the end of the full interview it was evident his handlers were not happy as they continued to signal Tamron Hall to wrap it up.
Hall forced Donald Trump to put a price tag on the wall. When he began speaking about the length of the Chinese Wall at over 13,000 miles compared to what he claimed is needed at the Mexican border, her retort was classic.
“But you are doing construction numbers not real numbers,” Tamron Hall said. “You bring up for example the Great Wall of China. That was built with slave labor. You don’t have that in the United States. … That is the example that you point to that there is proof that you can build a great wall. So go back to your dollar figures. Tell me how you came it.”
When he gave her a number she forced him to give an assessment of the method he used to come up with the number. He gave a simplistic answer. The audience looked visibly incredulous. He then started speaking about the wall’s beautiful door. Hall lashed back.
“I don’t think the people care how beautiful the door is,” Hall interrupted. “It is not their home. But the money could come from — the money they bring into their home, meaning taxes. Who pays for this? Mexico has already said that it is a ridiculous idea. The former president of Mexico yesterday said there is no way. This is a silly idea. Who pays for it.”
Trump continued to say Mexico will. Of course Felipe Calderon, Mexico’s former President was on CNBC yesterday and said they would not as he ridiculed both Trump and his supporters.
Tamron went on to point out some realities to Trump. She pointed out that he should be well aware of his hotel and restaurant industries’ proclivity to hire undocumented workers. His response sounded pretty darn close to President Obama’s position.