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. Rob in vegas

    yeah, impeaching Bush would have been great, but then we would have been left with Cheney.. and i can't believe i'll quote Palin on something, but here goes... "Thanks, but no thanks"

    so, say it ain't so, but Bush vs Cheney, i'd rather be in a mess with Bush then in a bigger mess with Cheney.

    October 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Informed Voter

    Now that Bush is about to leave office .... you bring this up .. Trump ...

    you're not fooling anyone ... you loved the Bush tax cuts .... that's why you are supporting Mc Cain ......... more tax cuts .....

    October 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Carl, Atlanta

    George W. Bush and Nancy Pelosi war old friends. This is why she has always been a tad soft on Bush. Had Bush been president 20 years ago, he would have been impeached and removed from office.

    October 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Jkay - KCMO

    Wow..........watch those airballs flying from Trumps political self serving mouth re Palin. She would be great in charge of the economy???? Did I get that right????? I'll take that mean ???? Rosa over mean Palin any day.

    October 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. BJ

    President Bush did nothing impeachable. He didn't LIE about the war. Why is it that everyone wants to forget that Hillary, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi - they ALL said that Iraq had WMDs. They ALL said Iraq was a threat and had terrorist ties (which they do, btw). They - Washington - the powers that be ALL AGREED because they ALL read the same intelligence reports. Good grief. It's not rocket science!!! And there are soundbites and printed quote to prove it. So get off the high horse of impeaching Bush and move on to more important things. RIDICULOUS.

    October 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Bridgette-PA

    Trumph is "trumped out". He's old news and I could care less what ANYONE WHO MAKES 100 MIILLION A YEAR THINKS ABOUT THE ECONOMY! BTW, failin' will be here in PA on Saturday at our baseball stadium. I hope she gets booed like she did at the hockey game last week in Phili! LOL

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    October 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. STOP THE HATE

    CNN,
    Why is this a news item when there is way more pertinent stuff out there to cover that you are not, like the Alaska Separatists and the absentee ballot fraud incurred by McCain campaign in Wisconsin?

    Is Trump really important? He just lost a ton of money thanks to Bush (real estate values, stock market); so of course he wished him out. And of course he likes McCain who'll protect him from paying his fair share of taxes.

    October 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Not4MoreYears

    Why do we even dignify this self-aggrandizing moron with a public forum?

    WHO CARES WHAT DONALD TRUMP THINKS?

    October 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Minnesotan

    Any one of us could be the Governor of Alaska as Sarah has shown us. And if we tapped the oil companies to increase the already huge annual dividend they give to each and every citizen there, then yes, we would also be the most popular Governor in the country.

    The funny thing is, as popular as she is, NO ONE had heard of her before McCain picked her. I think Trump forgot to use his thinker when choosing to trust Sarah due to her "high" ratings with Alaskans.

    October 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Enough is Enough from Dallas, TX

    Obviously, his over blown head/ego has gotten the best of him! Does he actually think we are that stupid and gullible?!!! He actuallt thinks Palin is a "wonderful govenor" and "he would trust her to run the economy"?!!! Really? Hey, Donald if McCain and Palin were on your show the apprentice you would have fired these two morons after the first contest because they are both idiots! What does this say for your judgement of character? Thank goodness you are not running for president! It is obvious the reason you are supporting McCain...you are way up there in high tax bracke and you and all the other greedy wealthy guys just want more tax cuts and McCain is just the weasle to give it to you! Go back to your tower!

    October 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Alexis

    Trump almost sounded intelligent for a change and he blew it up at the end.... R U kidding me did he say he will trust Sarah Palin with our economy?... Yes he did...WOW no wonder why his stupid show is going down... How can you trust a man point of view when he can't even find the right hair piece that fits him. I don't even understand why CNN is talking politics with Donal Trump.

    October 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. OS

    Finally, some one has the courage to speak the truth.

    October 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Too Bad

    Trump is not being honest about Sarah, she wouldn't have stayed 1 episode in his show!

    So the only reason I see he would say "he would trust her to run the economy" is just because he wants to get some with her! I wouldn't explain it otherwise!!!

    October 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. CTSadler

    I will never understand the hard on CNN has for this guy. Merv Griffin bankrupted him and he had to be bailed out by his dad. The man's an absolute boor and his opinion, no matter what it is, is usually only given in the interest of self promotion. Maybe he's the only guest that old twit King can get at such short notice.

    October 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Bloomfield NJ

    Yet he supports Mccain for president. Please GO AWAY.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Papasan in Arizona

    Trump is a complete drooling fool. What's your point Trump! And Trump, Cut that hair, it's NASTY!

    October 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. Lindsay, Utah

    This from a guy who was totally bankrupt and only saved by the banks because he owed them so much.

    What a guy and what a haircut.

    October 15, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. Trent

    Thanks Donald!!

    October 15, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. heather4Obama

    Donald is a Republican side kick...he is just sucking up now that Obama is ahead of the Poll...trying to cover his tracks so he can get favor from a Democratic Government...Donald the Snake.

    October 15, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. idiots for McPalin

    I wish the October surprise is to IMPEACH BUSH !!! While they are at it Impeach Palin for her abuse of power scandal.

    October 15, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Tony, Miami

    My big concern when I heard Sarah Palin accusing Senator Obama to pal around with terrorist, I am surprise she doesn't say anything about herself and her dood paling with the folk of the Alaskan Independence Party.
    God forbid if she became VP, will we see the dood in the VP's office, the same way he used to be present when she conducted interviews in the governor's office." The dood helped write the state budget and has been involved in personnel matters, and has called lawmakers when he or his "Joe six pack" have disagreed with what they have done.

    October 15, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Mark

    Trump has lied to the public and congerss too many times him self and declared bankrupcy. I don't belive any thing he says. He just the lime lite.

    October 15, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    I suggest we Dems have a backup plan in motion just in case the GOP steals another race from us.
    Start impeachment movement now for both McCain and Palin.
    Too late for impeachment of Bush/Cheney but we could still prosecute them for treason in the Iraq debacle. High crimes and misdemeanors is a treasonable offense isn't it?

    October 15, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Austin Gray

    You can actually go by more than just the opinion of the people of alaska and perhaps judge her on, oh i don't know, her tell-all interviews, her controversial policies and stances, her divisiveness, and probably most importantly of all, her complete lack of comprehension on complex issues, specifically but not limited to, foreign policy and the economy. Just a thought..

    October 15, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Independant Woman, Texas

    I would have said IMPEACH BUSH too, but he protected himself from that by having Cheney as his VP. Could you imagine a President Cheney?

    Better impotent than dangerous ...

    October 15, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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