Piers Morgan urged the public to judge Trump by what he achieves in office
Morgan – who has known Trump for a decade and appeared on the Celebrity Apprentice – claimed people should judge the billionaire businessman by what he achieves during his time in office rather than his rhetoric on the campaign trial.
The celebrity journalist pointed out that people have continually underestimated Trump throughout the Presidential campaign but he was not a “monster” that the "lemmings" of the world made him out to be.
He’s got to keep America safe and deliver on the things that were the core messages that propelled him to the White House
Morgan told the Question Time audience: “Trump knows that all he has to do to go down as a great, successful President, and very popular if he pulls it off, is get American jobs back to Americans from outside America, from the outsourcing which has wrecked the Rust Belt states of America.
“He’s got to keep America safe, he’s got to tighten up immigration and deliver on the things that were the core messages that propelled him to the White House.”
The Daily Mail columnist took aim at Trump’s failed Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton for being more likely than the Republican to launch another foreign war.
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Morgan added: “I don’t think he will be declaring war in the way that Hillary Clinton might have done because she was one of the great hawks of modern times in America.
“So what I say to people about Trump is this. Give him a chance. You don’t have to like him, you can be offended by some of the things he says, he shoots from the hip, he says what he’s thinking, sometimes he goes over-the-top.
“But give the guy a chance and judge him on his actions and you might be pleasantly surprised.”
Morgan’s remarks come after Donald Trump called Nato “obsolete” in an interview with former Cabinet minister Michael Gove earlier this week.
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Trump’s comments were defended by Morgan, who said the 70-year-old would have looked expenditure into Nato from a business perspective and that war would be a “massive drain on America’s resources”.
Morgan said: “Seventy-two per cent of all the spending of Nato is consumed by the Americans. Of the other 27 members of Nato, only four countries pay their two per cent of GDP towards Nato. Four. And we’re one of them. But that means 23 other countries do not pay what they should pay.
“Donald Trump is a business guy and he’s gone ‘hang on, why are we doing all the work, why are we paying all the money, where is the contribution from all these people when as soon as they have any trouble, they come to the Americans and asked us to help?’”