Bret Baier Interviews His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Bret sat down with the Dalai Lama for an interview that aired on Special Report. His Holiness spoke on numerous issues including China and Tibet, the refugee crisis, religion, terrorism and immigration. There was more on immigration that unfortunately did not make it into the piece that aired. Here’s the interview, with that missing part. 

Krauthammer: “This is the worst person the democrats could have chosen to deliver the message”

Krauthammer on Hillary’s National Security Speech and efforts to paint Trump as unqualified to be President: “This is the worst person the democrats could have chosen to deliver the message” 

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the first major foreign policy speech by Hillary Clinton on Thursday was filled with content on Donald Trump that  opposition researchers accumulated for 6 months and “was rather devastating.”  Hillary set out to paint Trump as unqualified to be commander-in-chief.  But he said, “the problem is, she delivers it and you’re looking at her you think, this is the worst person the democrats could have chosen to deliver the message.”  Krauthammer  continued by saying, “you look at her and think Benghazi, the Russian Reset, the disastrous withdrawal from Iraq and then she ends up.  What’s her positive? Defending the Iran deal.”  Krauthammer believes that when the it comes to foreign affairs,  the campaign, “is  going to be incredibly negative and it’s going to go all the way to the bottom.”

George Will on putting American forces close to combat, but not in combat: ‘Probably a conundrum’

Syndicated columnist George Will said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that, on this Memorial Day, President Obama is doing everything the American public will allow him to do in the fight against ISIS.

“The president is doing all that the country will permit him to do. That is air support and logistical support,” Will said, adding, “Beyond that, they will put up with very little. Except… [American troops] are still getting killed.”

Will went on to say that while the majority of Americans may not want another ground war, if our troops are assisting Iraqi forces and Syrian rebels in close proximity, it may be difficult to stay out of harm’s way.

“They're supposedly advising and assisting, but [this is a] conflict where there are no static lines, as there were in World War II or in the trench warfare of World War I,” he said, concluding, “In a fluid situation like that, the idea you can put people close to combat and not in combat is probably a conundrum.”

Krauthammer on gun control: ‘[Clinton’s argument] is a rather tepid one… [Trump’s] is strong.’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that following the announcement the National Rifle Association with back Donald Trump in the presidential race, the issue of guns in the general election will likely be a winning one for Trump – and a loss for Hillary Clinton.

“It’s true there have been some changes in public opinion as a result of the horrific gun massacres that have occurred, but if you heard Donald Trump speaking about it, and then you heard… Hillary Clinton, which argument is easier to make? Save the Second Amendment, or that meandering, somewhat nuanced, you might say if you were generous, argument that she made?”  Krauthammer asked, referring first to Trump’s commitment to gun owner’s rights -- and then to Clinton’s recent comments that guns don’t solve problems.

“[Her argument] is a rather tepid one, I’m not against it, I’m not for it. His is strong,” Krauthammer said, adding, “The Trump argument is a lot easier to make, and I think in the end, it’s much more of a winner… It’s easier to see and understand.”

Krauthammer: Trump/Ryan meeting “a sham marriage”

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that when it comes to the meeting between House Speaker Paul Ryan and presidential candidate Donald Trump in Washington today, “this is a sham marriage.”

Krauthammer predicted an eventual “perfunctory” endorsement from Ryan between now and the election.

He also said the difference between the two candidates joining together today is “good will” and not common principles.

“Paul Ryan is a conservative, has been all his life, and committed to certain conservative principles,” Krauthammer said. “Trump has made clear he is not a conservative. He’s a nationalist, populist

Ingraham says Trump Tax returns only matter to Hillary and maybe Mitt Romney

Conservative Radio Host Laura Ingraham told viewers on Wednesday's Special Report with Bret Baier that Donald Trump's tax returns aren't going to matter much in this election. 

Ingraham questions why Mitt Romney, the former 2012 Republican presidential nominee, would suggest that by not releasing his tax returns, Donald Trump is "disqualifying" himself from the race with voters.   "I don't know what Mitt Romney is doing... I guess at this point, he's in it to help Hillary,"  says Ingraham.

Trump insists he won't release his returns until the Internal Revenue Service has finished auditing them and his wealth has long been a subject of discussion since he entered the race last year. 

Ingraham says the Republican party is moving to a "populist, slightly more nationalistic party" and only Hillary Clinton is going to go after the billionaire nominee with respect to his tax returns. 

"Trump's not a doctrinaire conservative. We all know that but that's where the party has moved," Ingraham points out.  "Tax returns," the radio talk show host continued, "I don't  think that in this election cycle with so much on the line is going to have much of an affect, even though Hillary will try to make it."  

Trump on a potential VP: ‘I’m looking at some wonderful people’

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke with Bret Baier Thursday on “Special Report,” and addressed, among other things, questions about who he might choose as a running mate.  

“I think somebody with political experience that really has a close relationship with the Senate, with Congress, where they go in and help, so we don't have to sign executive orders like President Obama does every hour,” Trump said. “It would be nice to actually get something passed, as opposed to just, 'We're signing it anyway.' And I think we have some people that are very good candidates. I'm looking at some wonderful people. Some were on the stage with me, and some are not.”

While Trump wouldn’t weigh in on whether he’s considering New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez (R) to be his vice president, he did dismiss reports that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) is in the running.

“She's very fine, but she's not under consideration,” he said.

Baier also asked Trump whether former competitor Sen Marco Rubio (R-FL) might be on the short list for running mate, despite the fact the two shared nasty barbs on the campaign trail.

“We’ve had really nice conversations, not necessarily about that,” Trump said, adding, “We always had a very good relationship, Bret, Marco and I. Then it got a little bit nasty… Marco’s a good guy, a really nice guy, and I like him. Not necessarily with respect to any position, but it could happen.”

Delegate Math

Carlson on Trump Argument about Delegates:“It's the rationale for the campaign itself.”

FOX & Friends Weekend co-host and Fox News Contributor Tucker Carlson told viewers Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Donald Trump’s argument that the delegate system is “rigged” and takes power away from voters - particularly after his rival Ted Cruz took all of Colorado’s 34 delegates – “It's the rationale for the campaign itself. The idea that it's not really a democracy, it's an oligarchy, and this seems to prove that point to a lot of Trump supporters.”

On Wednesday Donald Trump argued that the system in Colorado was unfair, during a town hall with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, saying:  “What I’m saying is, give it to the voters...The republican folks have -- they've taken their vote away. They didn't even have the right to vote. I think it's a very sad situation.”

New Fox News polls out Thursday showed Trump widening his lead over the GOP field. Trump now beats Ted Cruz by an 18-point margin, 45 percent to 27 percent. Ohio Governor John Kasich comes in third at 25 percent.

But Carlson argued that these numbers prove that Trumps argument about the system is working in his favor and his widening poll numbers “are remarkable given just how bad Trump's last month was, I mean it almost defies description how bad it was, all self-inflicted. You'd think the numbers would go down, and they've gone up and I think it's exactly because of this.

“Look those are the rules, but the expectations people have of democracy are very different now,  in the age of the internet which is a kind of very flat structure. Everyone's a precious snowflake, you know. The idea that your vote doesn't matter, I think that's a much more painful and hard to reconcile idea than it would have been even thirty years ago.”

Krauthammer on Paul Ryan’s vision for Republicans: Rebuilding the party ‘after the rubble of this election cycle’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that while House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) garnered attention for his forceful announcement he will not be a contender for president this election cycle, the Speaker had a lesser publicized message for the American people that was nonetheless significant.

“The part of the speech I found the most interesting was when he talked about what he’s going to be doing in Congress. And that was kind of ignored,” Krauthammer said. “I think what he was doing, in addition to pulling out of the race, was to announce the  first step in the rebuilding of the party after the rubble of this election cycle.”

Krauthammer said that Ryan was offering a path forward -- one that he believes can unite Republicans after a contentious presidential contest

“The party will be irredeemably split, and what he was saying is… I will lead with a policy agenda to reconstruct the Reaganite ideas that have been utterly level in this cycle,” he said, adding, “I don’t think it’s with an eye to the presidency. He’s young, he can run anytime in the next 20 years. It’s an eye to holding the party together.”

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