Trump: Federal Government’s Top Three Functions Are Security, Healthcare, and Education

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stated that the federal governments top three functions are security, education, and healthcare, and “housing, providing great neighborhoods” are also responsibilities of the federal government during CNN’s Republican Town Hall on Tuesday.

Trump said, in response to a question on the “top three functions of the United States government?” “Well, the greatest function of all by far, is security for our nation. I would also say healthcare, I would also say education. I mean, there are many, many things, but I would say the top three are security, security, security.”

After moderator Anderson Cooper asked, “You also say healthcare and education should be provided by the federal government?” Trump responded, “Those are two of the things. Yeah, sure. There are obviously many things, housing, providing great neighborhoods –.”

Cooper then cut in to ask, “Aren’t you against the federal government’s involvement in education?” Trump answered, “I want it to go to state. Absolutely.”

He added, “The concept of the country is the concept that we have to have education within the country, and we have to get rid of Common Core, and it should be brought to the state level. Absolutely.”

When asked if healthcare is something the federal government should do, Trump said, “The government can lead it, but it should be privately done.”

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