Trump on new $20 dollar bill: ‘Pure Political Correctness’

  • FILE - This April 17, 2015, file photo provided by the U.S. Treasury shows the front of the U.S. $20 bill, featuring a likeness of Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States. A Treasury official said Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman on U.S. paper currency in 100 years. (U.S. Treasury via AP, File)

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Stephen Decatur High School, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in Berlin, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Alex Brandon

  • Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, gestures as he speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the Republican National Committee Spring Meeting in Hollywood, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)Wilfredo Lee

Published: 4/21/2016 11:47:50 AM

Donald Trump says he opposes replacing President Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. The Republican presidential front-runner calls it an act of “pure political correctness.”

Trump – during a town hall Thursday on NBC’s Today Show – said he’d prefer to leave Jackson on the bill and place Tubman’s image on another denomination instead.

As he puts it: “Maybe we do the $2 bill or we do another bill.”

He says Tubman is “fantastic,” but that Jackson has “been on the bill for many, many years” and “really represented somebody that really was very important to this country.”

Trump also said he believes transgender people should be able to use whichever bathroom they choose.

North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom law,” which directs transgender people to use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificates, has caused unnecessary strife, he said.

“There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble,” he says.

Still, he says he’s opposed to the move to create new, nongendered bathrooms open to anyone, calling that push “discriminatory in a certain way” and “unbelievably expensive for businesses and the country.”

He says if Caitlyn Jenner, formerly former Olympic gold medal winner Bruce Jenner, were to walk into Trump Tower, she could use whichever bathroom she wanted.

10:40 a.m.

Donald Trump says he will deliver a foreign affairs address on Wednesday, the first in a series of policy speeches for the Republican front-runner.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Trump says he is also planning a speech outlining more details on his immigration policy, and a separate speech on the military. He says people may be surprised by “how well I’ll handle matters relative to the military.”

Trump says he “may or may not” use teleprompters for his speeches depending on the “level of detail” in policy speeches. Trump almost never relies on a teleprompter, preferring instead to speak in his free-wheeling style at large rallies.

Trump’s advisers have cast the policy speeches as part of a campaign evolution that has included hiring staff with more experience in presidential politics.

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10:15 a.m.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is set to meet with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence ahead of his appearance at a state GOP fundraising dinner in Indianapolis.

Pence’s office says the two will have a private meeting Thursday afternoon at the Governor’s Residence, a day after the Republican governor had a similar meeting with Donald Trump.

Cruz also has an afternoon campaign stop scheduled for a downtown Indianapolis restaurant before Thursday evening’s Republican Party dinner, where tickets cost $150 each and up.

Cruz’s trip and Trump’s Indianapolis campaign rally on Wednesday come as they try to build support ahead of Indiana’s May 3 primary.

Pence hasn’t yet endorsed a presidential candidate, but says he’s willing to meet with all the candidates.

 




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