Trump: You Need Eminent Domain Or You Don’t Have a Country

Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addressed charges from an ad for his opponent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that as a casino owner he attempted to use eminent domain on a private homeowner by explaining, “You wouldn’t have roads, schools, hospitals, I mean, I don’t love eminent domain but you need it or you don’t have a country.”

Partial Transcript as Follows:

TRUMP: Good morning, and I have to tell you, his ad is wrong because I never knocked down that house. I wanted to get the house to build a major building that would have employed tremendous numbers of people but when the woman didn’t want to sell ultimately I said forget about it. So he’s got me bulldozing down a house, I never bulldozed it down. It’s false advertising.

TODD: All right, I think the accusation was that’s what you wanted to do.

TRUMP: No, the accusation was I wanted to and did do it. You know, if you didn’t have eminent domain, you would haven’t highways, the Keystone Pipeline because they need it if it’s going to be built. You wouldn’t have roads, schools, hospitals, I mean, I don’t love eminent domain but you need it or you don’t have a country.

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