Watch Live Donald Trump Talks Commander-In-Chief Issues

Big night for voters to see how Trump handles policy issues

By: Jim Williams – Washington Bureau Chief for News Talk Florida

Tonight at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. there will a very important question and answer forum. Donald Trump the Republican nominee for president will be asked a number of military policy questions by NBC’s Matt Lauer, host of the Today Show.

He will follow his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, who is a self proclaimed “policy wonk.” Thus far Trump has not been a details kind of a guy, but in what will be a prelude to the debates both candidates will get their respective chances to shine.

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Trump is to lay out a major military rebuilding proposal at an 11 a.m. (local time) address in Philadelphia. A senior aide said he would outline a plan for new ships, planes, submarines, combat troops and missile defense systems.

It would be paid for by lifting congressionally mandated spending caps and launching a new round of budget reforms to save money. The Trump campaign did not immediately provide an estimate of how much the buildup might cost.

A new a new NBC/Survey Monkey poll is very good news for Trump and not for Hillary Clinton. Among all voters, 59 percent said they would not be confident in Trump’s ability as commander in chief. Fifty-three percent are not confident in Clinton’s ability to lead the military either.

Trump also leads when voters are asked who would be best for veterans issues. Among all voters, he leads her in this category 40 percent to 39 percent. With military voters, he beats Clinton 53 percent to 28 percent.

This will be a very important night for Trump he will have to have answers to tough questions and not deal with generalities. His goal tonight is look like a Commander – In – Chief to sway some voters his way who might think he can’t play on the big stage.


Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.