Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters in Charleston, West Virginia

Trump dips toe into delicate U.S. debt discussion

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters in Charleston, West VirginiaBy Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) – Would Donald Trump really consider not paying portions of the U.S. debt? The prospect riled economists on Friday as stories in the New York Times and the conservative website The Blaze cast fresh scrutiny on comments Trump made a day earlier. Responding to a question about the national debt, the likely Republican presidential nominee said in an interview on CNBC on Thursday he would “borrow knowing that if the economy crashed you could make a deal.” When asked if that meant he had taken a page from his own playbook as a businessman and try to get U.S. creditors to accept less than the full value of the bonds they hold, he said “No,” but added: “I could see long-term renegotiations where we borrow long-term at very low rates.” The reaction to his words on Friday offered the first-time political candidate a taste of how delicate the prospect of discussing economic and fiscal policy can be.

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