The US has become a ‘third world country’: Trump

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Washington
  • Updated: Mar 19, 2016 21:04 IST
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures while speaking at a rally. (AP Photol)

Keeping up the scrappy tone of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump told supporters at a rally that the US has become a third world country because of the poor state of its infrastructure.

“We have become a third world country, folks,” Trump said on Friday at the election rally at Salt Lake City in Utah, which is among three states holding their Republican nominating contests on Tuesday. The other two are Idaho and Arizona.

“If you go to places like Dubai, China, you look at the roads, at the railroads, they have the bullet trains that go hundreds of miles an hour. And if you go to New York, they’re like 100 years ago,” he said.

The Republican frontrunner, who finds himself under mounting pressure from party leaders determined to deny him the nomination, also slammed one of his leading critics, Mitt Romney, the 2012 nominee.

Trump questioned Romney’s faith, saying, “Are you sure he’s a Mormon? Are we sure?”

Romney is a Mormon, a Christian sect that has maximum followers in Utah.

Trump heads the Republican field in the count of delegates with 678 to 423 for Ted Cruz, who is in number two position, and 143 for John Kasich. It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination.

On the Democratic side, frontrunner Hillary Clinton leads the delegate count with 1,614 to 856 for Bernie Sanders, her only rival. The Democratic nomination comes at 2,382 delegates.

During the rally in Utah, Trump reiterated his earlier position on trade and economy: “When it comes to trade, we are going to start being smart, because our country is poor. We are going to make American so great again. It is not great now.”

About his opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership, which he described as a “disastrous” trade deal, Trump said, “It is not a question of free trading. Free trading is wonderful. The problem of free trading is that we need smart people on our side also. If I am president, I guarantee you they (Mexico) would pay (for the wall) and they would be very, very happy about it,” he said.

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