Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGOP lawmakers praise Trump for Taiwan call Trump defends Taiwan call: President called me Bergdahl asks Obama for pardon MORE counted down the end of 2015 with Fox News on Thursday night, pledging to stay the course in 2016 as he begins the year leading every national poll for the GOP nomination for the White House.
2015 saw Trump spar more than once with Fox News, but both sides were all smiles on Thursday evening. Asked where he'll be ringing in 2017 — and whether he'll take their call — the real estate mogul predicted he'd be happy at the end of election season.
“Well I hope you’re going to be calling the White House, and I promise you will get through. You’ll always be invited," Trump said. "And we’re going to do something very special, we’re to make amends for a lot mistakes that have been made over the years.”
Trump said he would be Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonDemocrats miss warning signs, even in blue Maryland Robert Gates doesn't expect job in Trump administration Dean drops out of DNC chairmanship race MORE's "worst nightmare" and pledged to work "tirelessly" to fix America's problems, in particular strengthening the military and Veterans' Affairs.
“We’re going to rebuild our military to make it so strong, so powerful, that nobody is going to mess with us. And, importantly, we’re going to take care of our vets, because our vets have been totally mistreated," he said.
Pressed on any campaign strategy shifts he might be considering in the final month before the Iowa caucus kicks off primary season in earnest, Trump said he's "going to be all over the United States" turning supporters' enthusiasm into votes.
“I have a very big lead, and we intend to keep it. Not because I want the job, but because I want to do something great for the country, and great for the people."