New 2020 candidate Moulton on hypothetical Mars invasion: 'I would not build a wall'

New 2020 candidate Moulton on hypothetical Mars invasion: 'I would not build a wall'
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Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonHouse panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday Democrats expect Russian bounties to be addressed in defense bill MORE (D-Mass.), who has launched a 2020 campaign for president, on Monday responded to a question about a hypothetical alien invasion with a dig at President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE's immigration policies. 

"I would not build a wall between here and Mars," Moulton said on BuzzFeed News's "AM to DM" the same day he announced his run for the White House. "I would not do that."

"No, you got to start — and this is serious, guys — you got to start with diplomacy," he continued. "You always have to start with diplomacy."

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Moulton backed his diplomacy-first approach by quoting former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump insulted UK's May, called Germany's Merkel 'stupid' in calls: report Mattis urges people to wear masks in PSA about 'nasty little virus' Dozens of GOP ex-national security officials to form group to back Biden: report MORE, who served as a general when Moulton was in the Marines. 

"General Mattis, when he was General Mattis, not Secretary Mattis, was my division commander. And he said ... 'If you cut the State Department budget, you got to buy me more bullets,'" Moulton said, adding that he would offer the alien "a classic American meal." 

"I'd serve a beer and a burger, and then if the meeting goes well, that’s all good," Moulton said jokingly. "If the meeting starts to not go so well I'd say, 'By the way, that burger — that’s the last aliens who visited.'"

Moulton, 40, joined a massive field vying for the 2020 Democratic nomination on Monday. He said in a video that he is running because "we have to beat Donald Trump, and I want us to beat Donald Trump because I love this country."

Moulton is one of a few veterans in the Democratic field. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) are also running for the nomination. 

The three-term congressman's comments about a hypothetical alien invasion come as Trump moves forward with his plans to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump declared a national emergency earlier this year to fund it after failing to secure funding from congressional spending bills.

The Pentagon in March transferred $1 billion from its accounts to help build Trump's long-sought wall.