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Donald Trump: Litmus Tests For Supreme Court Justices, Less Taxes For Big Business

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In a Donald Trump presidency, Supreme Court Justices would be required to do something completely unprecedented— pass a litmus test to see if they make the cut. “We want many different qualifications,” Trump said in an interview with Boston Public Radio. “We’re going to have a very strong test, but we want good, strong, conservative people that are extremely smart.”

One particularly important factor would be pro-life Supreme Court Justices on the bench, Trump said. “I’m pro-life, and I would put in pro-life,” he said. “We want many different qualifications, we want a high degree of intelligence, that’s a very important qualification. You look at some of these decisions that are coming down now from some of these people, and it’s terrible what’s going on.”

Trump says he isn’t entirely disappointed in every single sitting judge, but his test would weed out the bad seeds. “Scalia is a terrific judge, Clarence Thomas, you look at him, he’s been a stalwart, he’s been terrific, and we have others,” Trump said. “I’m disappointed in Roberts because he gave us Obamacare, he had two chances to end Obamacare, he should have ended it by every single measurement and he didn’t do it, so that was a disappointing one. Everybody thought he was good, he was a Bush appointee, he was somebody that should have, frankly, ended Obamacare, and he didn’t. You never know what’s going to happen. That’s one of the truly very important positions of a president, and I think you’ll be very happy with the people we put in.”

Donald Trump also addressed the issue of General Electric moving to Boston from Fairfield, Connecticut to avoid high taxes on businesses. Boston’s potential tax breaks to woo the big company have sparked controversy, especially considering the company’s history. From 2008-2013, GE made $33 billion in profits, yet received a $1 billion federal refund. 

According to presidential candidate Donald Trump, taxes on big business need to be cut even further, in order to keep the companies in state, and in the country. “For Connecticut to have lost General Electric is a disaster,” Trump said. “People are getting away with murder. We have a president who doesn’t have a clue, and there’s the case, and then they go and they leave because of state taxes, and frankly I blame a lot of it on Connecticut, because Connecticut has allowed their taxes to go through the roof, and companies will move in order to save, but General Electric is a great case study on how not to handle a company, that I can tell you.”

Earlier this month, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced a merger with Allergen, an Ireland-based company. According to Trump, the United States could suffer a lot more business losses if it doesn’t become a more welcoming environment. “If you look at Pfizer and others, they’re starting to move out,” Trump said. “They’re going to leave the country. Pfizer is moving to Ireland, it’s called ‘corporate inversions,’ where they’re leaving for taxes, they want to get their money back. We have billions —actually trillions— of dollars offshore in different places, and they can’t bring their money back into the country, because our politicians can’t work it out, even though they want to work it out, they can’t get together, because we have no leadership. We have to be careful, it could be worse. The only thing worse is, General Electric moves to another country, and that could have happened also, frankly. So we have to be very very careful, but I know how to do it.”

Trump opened his interview by saying that the United States has the world's highest rate of taxation. While that is a difficult figure to reach agreement on, the BBC reports that the U.S. falls eighth in tax burdens -- after Italy, India, The United Kingdom, France, Canada, Japan, and Australia.

To hear Donald Trump’s full interview with Boston Public Radio, click on the audio link above. 

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