LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn tells Breitbart News he thinks Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s “unbelievable victory” in the final presidential debate against his Democratic opponent was “exactly what we needed.”
“I think this was an unbelievable victory for Trump,” Flynn, a top Trump surrogate, said in an exclusive interview.
I think this was amazing. He was so on point, so on message. He gave very precise answers. You listen, for those that watched it tonight, you saw a robot-like script coming out of Hillary Clinton with no new ideas. No new ideas at all. Donald Trump gave some amazing ideas tonight and he showed America what he’s going to do for jobs. He showed America what he’s going to do to help out our immigration and all the kinds of things we’re involved in.
Flynn says he was shocked at Hillary Clinton’s claims in the debate that she doesn’t support open borders, when a transcript of a paid speech she gave to a Brazilian bank shows she specifically said she supports “open borders” and “open trade.”
“She’s totally for open borders,” Flynn told Breitbart News.
Just look at what’s in her emails that have come out. She wants like a United States of North America not a United States of America. She would prefer to have just wide open like they have over in Europe right now. If you don’t have any borders you don’t have a country. This was an unbelievable victory for Donald Trump. It was exactly what we needed. So from our standpoint this is exactly what this camp needed because we are going to have so much momentum going into the final weeks of this election and this was exactly what we wanted tonight.
Trump hammered Clinton in the debate multiple times on her support for open borders.
“Hillary wants to give amnesty,” Trump said at one point.
She wants to have open borders. The border — as you know, the Border Patrol agents, 16,500-plus ICE last week, endorsed me. First time they’ve ever endorsed a candidate. It means their job is tougher. But they know what’s going on. They know it better than anybody. They want strong borders. They feel we have to have strong borders.
Later, when he hit her again on that point, he said it is “very unfair that somebody runs across the border, becomes a citizen, under her plan, you have open borders. You would have a disaster on trade, and you will have a disaster with your open borders.”
A rattled Clinton fired back at Trump that she doesn’t support open borders.
“We will not have open borders,” she said. “That is a rank mischaracterization.”
In a follow-up question further drilling down on the matter, moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News asked Clinton about the transcripts of the speech from the Brazilian bank she was paid to speak at where she did indeed say she supports open borders.
“Secretary Clinton, I want to clear up your position on this issue, because in a speech you gave to a Brazilian bank, for which you were paid $225,000, we’ve learned from the WikiLeaks, that you said this, and I want to quote. ‘My dream is a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders.’ So that’s the question,” Wallace asked Clinton. “That’s the question. Please quiet, everybody. Is that your dream, open borders?”
Clinton admitted the transcript was in fact legitimate, and then claimed she was talking about energy policy, nothing else.
“Well, if you went on to read the rest of the sentence, I was talking about energy,” she said. “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.”
Then she deflected into attacking the WikiLeaks publication of now tens of thousands of pages of emails from her campaign chairman John Podesta.
Gen. Flynn was also pleased that Trump called on Clinton to return the money the Clinton Foundation has taken from Middle Eastern regimes oppressive to women and gays. Clinton specifically dodged the question from Trump on that matter.
“I think that—I’m so glad that he said that,” Flynn told Breitbart News. “Those countries abuse women and abuse gays, come on! And she’s taking money from them and she professes to be for women and gays. Come on.”
In that exchange, Trump said that the Clinton Foundation is “a criminal enterprise.”
“Saudi Arabia giving $25 million, Qatar, all of these countries,” Trump said to Clinton during the debate.
You talk about women and women’s rights? So these are people that push gays off business — off buildings. These are people that kill women and treat women horribly. And yet you take their money. So I’d like to ask you right now, why don’t you give back the money that you’ve taken from certain countries that treat certain groups of people so horribly? Why don’t you give back the money? I think it would be a great gesture.
Hillary Clinton never answered the question.