Donald Trump: Thank you.
Chris Wallace: That’s the question. Please quiet, everybody. Is that your dream, open borders?
Hillary Clinton: Well, if you went on to read the rest of the sentence, I was talking about energy. You know, we trade more energy with our neighbors than we trade with the rest of the world combined. And I do want us to have an electric grid, an energy system that crosses borders. I think that would be a great benefit to us.
But you are very clearly quoting from WikiLeaks. And what’s really important about WikiLeaks is that the Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans. They have hacked American websites, American accounts of private people, of institutions. Then they have given that information to WikiLeaks for the purpose of putting it on the Internet. This has come from the highest levels of the Russian government, clearly, from Putin himself, in an effort, as 17 of our intelligence agencies have confirmed, to influence our election.
So I actually think the most important question of this evening, Chris, is, finally, will Donald Trump admit and condemn that the Russians are doing this and make it clear that he will not have the help of Putin in this election, that he rejects Russian espionage against Americans, which he actually encouraged in the past? Those are the questions we need answered. We’ve never had anything like this happen in any of our elections before.
Chris Wallace: Well?
Donald Trump: That was a great pivot off the fact that she wants open borders, OK? How did we get on to Putin?
Chris Wallace: Hold on — hold on, wait. Hold on, folks. Because we — this is going to end up getting out of control. Let’s try to keep it quiet so — for the candidates and for the American people.
Donald Trump: So just to finish on the borders…
Chris Wallace: Yes?
Donald Trump: She wants open borders. People are going to pour into our country. People are going to come in from Syria. She wants 550% more people than Barack Obama, and he has thousands and thousands of people. They have no idea where they come from. And you see, we are going to stop radical Islamic terrorism in this country. She won’t even mention the words, and neither will President Obama. So I just want to tell you, she wants open borders.
Now we can talk about Putin. I don’t know Putin. He said nice things about me. If we got along well, that would be good. If Russia and the United States got along well and went after ISIS, that would be good. He has no respect for her. He has no respect for our president. And I’ll tell you what: We’re in very serious trouble, because we have a country with tremendous numbers of nuclear warheads — 1,800, by the way — where they expanded and we didn’t, 1,800 nuclear warheads. And she’s playing chicken. Look, Putin…
Chris Wallace: Wait, but…
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.