Sam Delia, Summerville, South Carolina asks:
Media only reports your Hillary comments. How are you going to paint yourself in their eyes as a foreign policy leader, economic leader and Commander in Chief?
Well, it’s interesting. You know, it’s true that the media picks up on what they want to. Look, I started out as a secretary in a nine-person real estate firm and went on to become the chief executive of the largest technology company in the world. I understand how the economy works better, honestly, than anyone running.
Secondly, I know more world leaders on the stage today than anyone running, with the possible exception of Hillary Clinton; maybe she’s met a few more than I have over the years, but she did photo ops. I had substantive meetings on business, or policy, or charity, or education with everyone from Vladimir Putin to the Chinese, to the Jordanians, to the Saudis.
So I think we need somebody who’s going to fight against Hillary Clinton and can win this job, but I also think it’s really important that we have somebody who can do this job, and so I’ll continue to talk to you and Americans like you about the fact that doing the job means somebody who understands the economy – I do – somebody who understands the world and how it works and who’s in it – I do – somebody who understands bureaucracies, how to change them, because our government is one, giant, bloated, powerful, corrupt, inept bureaucracy. Somebody who understands technology as both a tool and a weapon and somebody who understands that leadership frequently means executive decision-making, a tough call in a tough time for which you prepare to be held to account.
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