October 15th, 2008
03:58 PM ET
6 years ago

Trump: I wanted Bush impeached

Trump says that Bush got the US into a war with Iraq using lies.
Trump says that Bush got the US into a war with Iraq using lies.

(CNN) – Business mogul Donald Trump told CNN Wednesday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should have sought to impeach President Bush when she had the chance.

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Trump said the president and his administration deliberately lied about the Iraq war, and congressional Democrats missed an opportunity to impeach him when the party took control of Congress in 2006.

Watch the full interview on The Situation Room at 4 and 6 p.m. ET.

"I was surprised that she didn't do more in terms of Bush and going after Bush," Trump said. "It was almost - it just seemed like she was going to really look to impeach Bush and get him out of office, which personally I think would have been a wonderful thing."

Pressed why he feels Bush deserved the punishment faced by only two other commanders-in-chief, Trump said the president misled the country in the run-up to the Iraq war, and that his actions were considerably more objectionable than those which led to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

"He lied. He got us into the war with lies," Trump said. And I mean - look at the trouble Bill Clinton got into with something that was totally unimportant. And they tried to impeach him, which was nonsense. And yet Bush got us into this horrible war with lies, by lying, by saying they had weapons of mass destruction, by saying all sorts of things that turned out not to be true."

In the wide-ranging interview set to air on CNN's The Situation Room at 4 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Trump also praised John McCain and said the Arizona senator still has a chance to win the White House despite recent polls showing he is substantially trailing Barack Obama.

Watch: I'd hire McCain, says Trump

"He's a very smart guy, he's a tough guy," he said. "I think he'd be a great president. But, he has to be John McCain and he could still probably pull it out. But, it's going to be tough."

Trump also advised the Republican presidential nominee to stay positive at Wednesday's final presidential debate and communicate clear plans to fix the nation's financial crisis.

"He has to come up with plans and not political plans, real plans. And they have to be very, very economy-based," Trump said. " I think the economy seems to be weighing down everything."

Trump praised Republican VP Sarah Palin, whom he first met Tuesday night at a New York fundraiser, and said he would trust her to run the economy.

"I can only go by the people of Alaska," she said. "She's got the highest rating in the whole Unites States, as being the most popular governor."

soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. RDS

    I'm so sick of people saying two things...1. Let Sarah be Sarah and 2. Let John be John. My question is who the hell else can they be! Uggh!

    October 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Annette

    This is the same guy who is supporting more of the same with McCain.?? Get real Trump???

    October 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. tulsa

    He backs McCain because it's in his interest to.

    If you work for a living, it is NOT in your best interest to vote for McCain..

    Vote for the guy with one house, One car, One wife, and a plan.

    O/B08

    October 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. linda., bella vista, ar

    Maybe Trump should view the AIP story that CNN pulled yesterday when they bowed to McFailin pressure.

    How about some real reporting so people know what they are voting for.

    October 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Joanne ...... santee

    Wants to impeach Bush but elect McCain. Bush lied about the war and McCain wants to continue it. Is there a difference here?

    October 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. ines

    Trump will say anything to help his position. After Obama wins the election in a couple of weeks, Trump will start attacking his bud, McCain. He has no credibility whatsoever.

    October 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Obama Supporter from UK

    Hmm I wonder why Trump supports McCain...

    It can't be anything to do with McCain wanting to extend Bush's tax breaks for the rich (and possibly bringing in more tax breaks for them too), whereas Obama wants to scrap the tax breaks and increase the tax rates that they pay – I'm almost sure that has hardly anything to do with it.

    He 'trusts Palin to run the economy'... personally I wouldn't trust her to run a bath and I wouldn't trust Trump either.

    October 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Cleavette

    Everyone is saying that McCain should be McCain. Why would you elect a guy that doesn't know who he is? After all McCain refered to a crowd of Repub supporters as "my fellow prisoners". Poor John is in a time warp.Maybe he chose Palin thinking about the years in capitivity.

    October 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. rich

    The only thing I agree with Trump on is that the Dems should have impeached Bush. Lets hope they have something else planned for him once he is out of office. I can't believe Trump would seriously run the risk of letting Palin running the economy unless he thinks that she will put more money in his bank accounts via his business which would be a grave risk. Palin is a joke and a Republican pawn and most Americans know it. She and Bush inherited the mentally challenge gene. Anyway, Trump needs to go sit somewhere in a corner, and keep his opinion to the voting boot.

    October 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. J.P.

    Well, by all means! He's THE Donald. Hey CNN....how about reporting on the Plumber who asked Obama why he was going to tax his business. Obama's reply, "Because we should spread the wealth around." (i.e. Socialism) Anyone owning or working for a business....you may lose your job because Obama will tax the business. They will have to make up for the tax hike some way. Cutting jobs is a great way to save money. Think about that while you are behind that little curtain.

    October 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Obama Supporter from FL

    Trump wants Bush impeached, but is still ready to vote for McCain (who admitted he doesn't know much about the economy) and his inexperienced running mate, Bible Spice?

    I guess some people will never learn.

    October 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. Sandy

    Here's the problem. Neither the House nor the Senate had enough votes to actually succeed with an impeachment (unlike the majorities the GOP had in the 1990s when they went after Clinton), so it would have failed and strengthened Bush's position even more. So the Dems' only alternative was to push legislation they wanted and stonewall Bush whenever they could (which they've done, pretty much). People think that just because the Dems have more seats that they have this great power to do what they want, but they don't have a veto-proof or fillibuster-proof majority, so they have to just chip away when they can.

    Bush should have been impeached because he has violated a number of federal laws, but you don't make that kind of power play unless you've got enough of a majority to make it stick. Trump should know something about power plays and leverage.

    October 15, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Justin in CA

    George Bush..........Your Fired

    October 15, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. John, FL

    That's the spirit. Impeach all of the war criminals.

    October 15, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Mystified

    I was OK with Trump's comments until he said that he would trust Palin to run the economy.

    Trump would have fired her on his TV show as an incompetent wannabe who epitomizes the Peter Principle theory.

    October 15, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Raymond Duke

    He should have been a long time ago along with most of the Senate and the House. Of course since (Dingy Harry Reid) , Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank , Chris Dodd and Obama are all crooks they could not go forward with it without losing their own jobs.

    October 15, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. ReMiWa

    I concur Donald. Unfortunately, its not as easy as it is on "The Apprentice".

    October 15, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Hannah Stevens

    Why didn't Pelosi impeach bush? That is the question. Well, most likely because the House and Senate did not have enough of a majority to do so and they would have needed some Republicans to go along with it and none would because it would have been political suicide and Republicans are more in lock step then Dems. Pretty straight forward.

    October 15, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. wwf

    Of course Trump is going to back McCain and think that Palin is the best things since sliced bread. With McCain in the big house, Trump will make more money. It IS the economy stupid. It just depends which side of it you are on.

    October 15, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Jeanette

    Who cares what Donald Trump thinks??????????????
    Does he think Bush left a "blue dress" as evidence...in other words, the Bush administration left nothing that could be used as evidence (they covered their trcks) and an impeachment is not what our country needs right now.
    Anyway, Donald Trump should just shut up!!!

    October 15, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Melissa

    Interesting. He's one of the moguls that will get taxed more with the new Presidency (which will likely be Democrat), yet he's saying the old President (Republican) should be impeached. I agree with him but its still interesting.

    October 15, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. Cathy

    Donald Trump has not learned his lesson from Bush. Now he wants to see another Bush in office. (McBush). He even praised Sarah Palin. This shows you just how shallow he is.

    October 15, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Alice

    I think Palin would do great with the economy. She seems more sincere and realistic.

    October 15, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. karen-phoenix

    Trump backs McCain ONLY because he's rich!!! If Obama or Biden had done half of what McCain and Palin have done in their lives they would be nailed to the wall!!
    McCain whole life is a series of very poor judgements–affairs after affairs; destruction of his first wife, Keating 5, lost 3 airplanes out of imcompetence, and worst of all he picked Palin!!! Palin is now probably going to be impeached in Alaska not just on abuse of power but having Wasilla tax payers built her house for nothing!!! AND McCain whole staff is a bunch of lobbiests. One was even a lobbiest for Sadum Hussen! Friends of McCain's are KKK members–the worst terrorist group in the US.
    God Bless Obama/Biden!!!!

    October 15, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. U.S. economic growth Fast recovery

    You are absolutely correct... Bush needs to be impeached... But, the American tradition won't. His personal revenge on Iraq, put every American in deepest financial trouble ever...

    October 15, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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