Donald J. Trump on Oct. 23, 2015 in Doral, Fla.
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By Daniel White
October 26, 2015

Donald Trump gave a million-dollar answer to voters at an event in New Hampshire on Monday, discussing the challenges and doubters he’s faced throughout his life.

“It has not been easy for me. And you know I started off in Brooklyn, my father gave me a small loan of a million dollars,” Trump said at an NBC-sponsored town hall Monday.

Trump noted that he paid his self-made millionaire father back, with interest, but moderator Matt Lauer quickly followed up saying, “By the way, let’s just put this in perspective. You said it hasn’t been easy for you, but my dad gave me a million-dollar loan. That probably is going to seem pretty easy to a lot of people.”

“You’re right, but a million dollars isn’t very much compared to what I’ve built,” Trump replied. “I mean, I’ve built one of the great companies, but it’s always been, you know, you can’t do this, you can’t do that.”

Trump added that many people have questioned his decision to run for president.

“All my life I was told no, even for this,” he said. “They said ‘what do you want to do it for? don’t do it, don’t do it, you’re against professional politicians.’ So far I’m not impressed, I will tell you that.”

 

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