Trump accuses interviewer of “gotcha” policy questions

Ben Carson also struggled with foreign policy questions

(CNN) – When you’re the frontrunner, you can expect tough questions.

Some of Donald Trump’s rivals are questioning whether the business mogul is prepared to be commander in chief.

This, after Trump lashed out Friday at radio host Hugh Hewitt, accusing him of asking “gotcha” questions on foreign policy.

(Hugh Hewitt, Radio Host) “To know who Hassan Nasrallah is, and Zawahiri, and al-Julani, and al-Baghdadi. Do you know the players without a scorecard, yet, Donald Trump?”

(Donald Trump, (R) Presidential Candidate) “No, you know, I’ll tell you honestly, I think by the time we get to office, they’ll all be changed. They’ll be all gone.”

That after Trump seemed to confuse an ethnic group – the Iraqi Kurds – with the Iranian Quds force, the elite military unit said to target the West.

(Hugh Hewitt, Radio Host)  “Are you familiar with General Soleimani?”

(Donald Trump, (R) Presidential Candidate) “Yes. Go ahead, give me a little, go ahead, tell me.”

(Hugh Hewitt, Radio Host)  ”He runs the Quds Forces.”

(Donald Trump, (R) Presidential Candidate)”Yes, okay, right.”

(Hugh Hewitt, Radio Host)  “Do you expect his behavior…”

(Donald Trump, (R) Presidential Candidate) “The Kurds, by the way, have been horribly mistreated by …”

(Hugh Hewitt, Radio Host)  “No, not the Kurds, the Quds Forces, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Forces.”

(Donald Trump, (R) Presidential Candidate) “Yes, yes.”

(Hugh Hewitt, Radio Host)  ”…is the bad guys.”

(Donald Trump, (R) Presidential Candidate) “Right.”

Trump accused host Hugh Hewitt of asking “gotcha” questions.

(Donald Trump, (R) Presidential Candidate) “You’re asking me about who’s running this, this this, that’s not, that is not, I will be so good at the military, your head will spin.”

Yet Carly Fiorina – another candidate from business, not politics – was on the same program the same day, answering with more fluency.

(Carly Fiorina, (R) Presidential Candidate)”Look, we know that the general of the Quds force has been a powerful tool of the Iranian regime to sow conflict.”

Trump’s GOP opponents were quick to pounce.

Jeb Bush said, “You just can’t flippantly say, oh well, I’ll hire the best people and it will be done. You got to have some sense of what’s at risk here.”

Sen. Marco Rubio said, “I think if you don’t know that answer to these questions, then you are not going to be able to serve as commander and chief.”

Still, Trump is not the first candidate who doesn’t deal regularly with geopolitical issues to struggle. Here’s Ben Carson earlier this year.

(Hugh Hewitt, Radio Host) “Should we have that sort of commitment, that if Putin makes a move on the Baltic States, we’d go to war?”

(Ben Carson, (R) Presidential Candidate)”Well, if we have them involved in NATO. We need to convince them to get involved in NATO and strengthen NATO.”

(Hugh Hewitt, Radio Host)  “Well, the Baltics, they are in NATO.”

During the interview, Hewitt said he didn’t mean to be asking Trump “gotcha questions.”

Republican rival Carly Fiorina told Hewitt later in her interview, “It is critically important that we have a leader in the White House who understands the world and who’s in it and how it works.”

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