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Full Transcript: Final 2016 Presidential Debate Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump:… from everything I see, has no respect for this person.

Hillary Clinton: Well, that’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States.

Donald Trump: No puppet. No puppet.

Hillary Clinton: And it’s pretty clear…

Donald Trump: You’re the puppet!

Hillary Clinton: It’s pretty clear you won’t admit…

Donald Trump: No, you’re the puppet.

Hillary Clinton:… that the Russians have engaged in cyber attacks against the United States of America, that you encouraged espionage against our people, that you are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do whatever he wants to do, and that you continue to get help from him, because he has a very clear favorite in this race. So I think that this is such an unprecedented situation. We’ve never had a foreign government trying to interfere in our election. We have 17 — 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyber attacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin and they are designed to influence our election. I find that deeply disturbing.

Chris Wallace: Secretary Clinton…

Hillary Clinton: And I think it’s time you take a stand…

Donald Trump: She has no idea whether it’s Russia, China, or anybody else.

Hillary Clinton: I am not quoting myself.

Donald Trump: She has no idea.

Hillary Clinton: I am quoting 17…

Donald Trump: Hillary, you have no idea.

Hillary Clinton:… 17 intelligence — do you doubt 17 military and civilian agencies.

Donald Trump: And our country has no idea. Yeah, I doubt it. I doubt it.

Hillary Clinton: Well, he’d rather believe Vladimir Putin than the military and civilian intelligence professionals who are sworn to protect us. I find that just absolutely…

Donald Trump: She doesn’t like Putin because Putin has outsmarted her at every step of the way.

Chris Wallace: Mr. Trump…

Donald Trump: Excuse me. Putin has outsmarted her in Syria.

Chris Wallace: Mr. Trump…

Donald Trump: He’s outsmarted her every step of the way.

Chris Wallace: I do get to ask some questions.

Donald Trump: Yes, that’s fine.

Chris Wallace: And I would like to ask you this direct question. The top national security officials of this country do believe that Russia has been behind these hacks. Even if you don’t know for sure whether they are, do you condemn any interference by Russia in the American election?

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Donald Trump: By Russia or anybody else.

Chris Wallace: You condemn their interference?

Donald Trump: Of course I condemn. Of course I — I don’t know Putin. I have no idea.

Chris Wallace: I’m not asking — I’m asking do you condemn?

Donald Trump: I never met Putin. This is not my best friend. But if the United States got along with Russia, wouldn’t be so bad.

Let me tell you, Putin has outsmarted her and Obama at every single step of the way. Whether it’s Syria, you name it. Missiles. Take a look at the “start up” that they signed. The Russians have said, according to many, many reports, I can’t believe they allowed us to do this. They create warheads, and we can’t. The Russians can’t believe it. She has been outsmarted by Putin. And all you have to do is look at the Middle East. They’ve taken over. We’ve spent $6 trillion. They’ve taken over the Middle East. She has been outsmarted and outplayed worse than anybody I’ve ever seen in any government whatsoever.


Chris Wallace: We’re a long way away from immigration, but I’m going to let you finish this topic. You got about 45 seconds.

Donald Trump: And she always will be.

Hillary Clinton: I — I find it ironic that he’s raising nuclear weapons. This is a person who has been very cavalier, even casual about the use of nuclear weapons. He’s…

Donald Trump: Wrong.

Hillary Clinton:… advocated more countries getting them, Japan, Korea, even Saudi Arabia. He said, well, if we have them, why don’t we use them, which I think is terrifying.

But here’s the deal. The bottom line on nuclear weapons is that when the president gives the order, it must be followed. There’s about four minutes between the order being given and the people responsible for launching nuclear weapons to do so. And that’s why 10 people who have had that awesome responsibility have come out and, in an unprecedented way, said they would not trust Donald Trump with the nuclear codes or to have his finger on the nuclear button.

Donald Trump: I have 200 generals…

Chris Wallace: Very quickly.

Donald Trump: …and admirals, 21 endorsing me, 21 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. As far as Japan and other countries, we are being ripped off by everybody in the — we’re defending other countries. We are spending a fortune doing it. They have the bargain of the century. All I said is, we have to renegotiate these agreements, because our country cannot afford to defend Saudi Arabia, Japan, Germany, South Korea, and many other places. We cannot continue to afford — she took that as saying nuclear weapons.

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Chris Wallace: OK.

Donald Trump: Look, she’s been proven to be a liar on so many different ways. This is just another lie.

Hillary Clinton: Well, I’m just quoting you when you were asked…

Donald Trump: There’s no quote. You’re not going to find a quote from me.

Hillary Clinton:… about a potential nuclear — nuclear competition in Asia, you said, you know, go ahead, enjoy yourselves, folks. That kind…

Donald Trump: And defend yourselves.

Hillary Clinton:…. of language — well…

Donald Trump: And defend yourselves. I didn’t say nuclear. And defend yourself.

Hillary Clinton: The United States has kept the peace — the United States has kept the peace through our alliances. Donald wants to tear up our alliances. I think it makes the world safer and, frankly, it makes the United States safer. I would work with our allies in Asia, in Europe, in the Middle East, and elsewhere. That’s the only way we’re going to be able to keep the peace.

Chris Wallace: We’re going to — no, we are going to move on to the next topic, which is the economy. And I hope we handle that as well as we did immigration. You also have very different ideas about how to get the economy growing faster. Secretary Clinton, in your plan, government plays a big role. You see more government spending, more entitlements, more tax credits, more tax penalties. Mr. Trump, you want to get government out with lower taxes and less regulation.

Donald Trump: Yes.

Chris Wallace: We’re going to drill down into this a little bit more. But in this overview, please explain to me why you believe that your plan will create more jobs and growth for this country and your opponent’s plan will not. In this round, you go first, Secretary Clinton.


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