October 02, 2015 08:00 AM

In their first family interview, Donald Trump and his wife Melania open up about raising their son Barron and their hopes for the White House. Subscribe now for instant access to this PEOPLE exclusive!

Donald Trump has come under fire as he has declined to talk about specific political strategies – but his lack of comment is not lack of preparation, he insists. He’s just keeping his cards close to the vest.

“To me, when I look at some of these people and they’ll say exactly what they’re going to do, I don’t want to necessarily say everything,” he says. “I don’t want the enemy to know my plans for Syria. I don’t want to say, ‘Well this is what I would do.’ ”

Trump says he’s relying primarily on the element of surprise.

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“I don’t want to be talking about what I want to do with ISIS,” Trump says, indignant. “I want to surprise ISIS!”

If Trump were to be elected, he is confident that he could improve foreign relations.

“We have bad relationships with leadership all over the world,” he says. “We’ve had such a bad time getting along with other countries. We haven’t backed our allies.”

“I wrote The Art of the Deal, and a relationship is so important,” he says. “If I get elected, I’ll have far better relationships and in some cases outstanding relationships with people in foreign countries. Russia, China. It’s called respect.”

PEOPLE last sat down with Trump and his family in September

For much more of our exclusive interview – and at-home photos! – with the Trumps, pick up a copy of the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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