Trump Shows Debate Moderator Appreciation For Asking Clinton About Leaked Transcripts


During a segment of Wednesday night’s presidential debate focused on immigration policy, moderator Chris Wallace touched on the leaked transcript of a speech by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton that has sparked controversy for one key statement.

“You said this, and I want to quote, ‘My dream is a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders,’” he said to the former secretary of state.

Before Wallace finished his question, Republican nominee Donald Trump expressed his appreciation.

“Thank you,” he told the moderator, prompting some laughter from those viewing from the University of Nevada Las Vegas auditorium.

Wallace, who prior to the debate instructed the audience in no uncertain terms that any outbursts would not be tolerated, made sure the reaction died down before finishing his thought.

“Please, quiet everybody,” he said to those seated behind him before turning again to Clinton.

“Is that your dream?” Wallace asked. “Open borders?”

Clinton offered some context to the passage, explaining she was “talking about energy” and the fact that “we trade more energy with our neighbors than we trade with the rest of the world combined.”

She then moved to another facet of the discussion by condemning the hackers responsible for releasing the transcripts, attributing the act to the Russian government.

“You are very clearly quoting from WikiLeaks,” Clinton told Wallace, “and what’s very important about WikiLeaks is that the Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans. They have hacked American websites, American accounts of private people, of institutions, then they have given that information to WikiLeaks for the purposes of putting it on the Internet.”

The massive data breach affecting Clinton and her campaign, she said, was done “in an effort … to influence our election.”

She went on to suggest her rival should be called to respond to that aspect of the controversy.

“I actually think the most important question of this evening is, finally, will Donald Trump admit and condemn that the Russians are doing this and make it clear he will not have the help of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin in this election, that he rejects Russian espionage against Americans, which he actually encouraged in the past,” she said. “Those are the questions we need answered. We’ve never had anything like this happen in any of our elections before.”

Trump responded by calling Clinton’s answer “a great pivot off the fact that she wants open borders.”

His quip prompted another mild reaction from the audience — and another scolding from the moderator.

“Hold on, folks,” Wallace told the crowd, “because this is going to end up getting out of control.”

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