A serious Trump turns up in New Hampshire
May 11th, 2011
03:42 PM ET
3 years ago

A serious Trump turns up in New Hampshire

(CNN) – Potential 2012 presidential candidate Donald Trump took a departure from his sideshow topics Wednesday to tout his past remarks on Osama bin Laden, weigh in on the budget negotiations and assess his chances of moving into the White House.

During his second trip to the early presidential contest state of New Hampshire, the famously confident Trump said he appeared on television "a few weeks ago" saying bin Laden was in Pakistan but that "nobody else picked it up."

"You tell them (Pakistan) we're not giving you any money unless you hand over to us Osama bin Laden and everybody looked at me like eh, nobody else picked it up," Trump told a crowd at the Chamber of Commerce Nashua Expo. "That's what I hate about politics. You know when I buy a piece of real estate I own it, OK? When you come up with a good idea in politics, if they like it they take it and they say I have an idea and you know, by that time most people forgot it was Trump's idea so Trump doesn't get any credit. I love to get credit."

He criticized the handling of bin Laden's body after the U.S. Navy SEAL team killed the al Qaeda leader, action that he said was aided by enhanced interrogation techniques.

"So we catch this guy, they shoot him, then they clean his body, they give him a religious ceremony … Why? I don't understand it," Trump said.

The reality TV star was also disapproving of the strategy behind the GOP budget plan proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, the politics of which he said were faulty, causing Democrats to do "a number on that plan like I've never seen."

"I would not have done it the way he did it. Too early, too soon, there was no reason for him to do it," Trump said. "There's no reason for it so Medicare and Medicaid all of the sudden come in and it's put in by Republicans and you've got elections to win."

To bolster his point, the real estate mogul cited the special election in New York's 26th district that is by all accounts a close race between a Republican, a Democrat and an independent Tea Party candidate.

"She's having a hard time defending that whole situation with Medicare," Trump said.

And it is because he breaks with his party, that he thinks it will be a tough road if he decides to run for president. Trump has said he will make an announcement by June after the current season of "Celebrity Apprentice" wraps in May.

"I'm very anti-establishment, see even the Republicans take a shot," Trump said. "I think even the Republicans don't like it because I'm not in the club. I'm not in their club … And that club is not what's going to make us, in my opinion, a great country again."

"We have tremendous potential, tremendous, unbelievable potential if we had the right people, if we knew what we were doing," Trump said.

And the right people for negotiations with China and South Korea are not always nice people, Trump said.

"We aren't using our smartest, greatest business people," Trump said. "Instead we use a diplomat … You know what a diplomat is? It's a person that studies how to be nice. I don't want a nice person. And that's why I may not make it in terms of getting, I'm not a nice person. But I'll tell you what, I'd make this country great again."


Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • New Hampshire
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  1. John

    Trump said OBL was "in Pakistan"? So was everyone. Trump didn't say anything about it being an army town. "In Pakistan" meant in the border area with Afghanistan, up until ten days ago.

    As for "no more money until you hand over OBL", that is laughable as a foreign policy. Let the grownups handle this, Donald. Running a government is exactly what real estate analogies are NOT like.

    May 11, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. ja

    court jester, and that's being nice about, you may have a few dollars more than you need , that doesn't qualify you for president, bin laden was banked up

    May 11, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    This person, ladies and gentleman, is what is known as a "Barker."
    ----------------------
    Barker: n.
    1. An animated attack dog that uses over the top sensationalism to create a Big Bang, which is creating nothing from nothing,

    May 11, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. agathokles

    It's laughable that Trump is trying to take credit for the USA catching up with bin Laden in Pakistan because Trump mentioned a couple of weeks ago that he was probably there. This raid was in an intensive planning stage since early 2011, and less intensive planning stage since August 2010. Geez!

    May 11, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    i am glad that TRUMP IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he is man with great vision for america and world. We need more people like him to put us on the right track. NOT!!!!.

    May 11, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Sarah B.

    *Yawn* Trump's 15 minutes this election cycle are up.

    May 11, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Mikey

    "So we catch this guy, they shoot him, then they clean his body, they give him a religious ceremony … Why? I don't understand it," Trump said.

    Because like may uber-conservatives and Tea Party types, he doesn't understand the danger in the war on terror being, or being construed as, a war on Islam. There are at least 1.2 billion Muslims in the world. Let's pick a fight with the 1% who are a problem, not with 20% of the entire world population, the vast majority whom are wonderful human beings.

    May 11, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    You can stop now Mr. Comp Over, your TV show will get renewed after all. Leave government to the grown-ups.

    May 11, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Patrick from Minnesota

    Donald, you're fired.

    May 11, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    The 2012 presidential election is all about who gets to appoint the next 3-4 Supreme Court judges. The GOP knows this – and it's why they spend every waking moment plotting ways to make President Obama and our country fail.

    If you think the Citizens United case is good for our country and electoral process;

    if you think turning the clock back to the 1800s is the way to go (no minimum wage or child labor laws; no reproductive rights for women; no environmental protections; etc.);

    if you think industry should be de-regulated, and the wealthy own and control everything;

    if you think a dog-eat-dog world is the way to go;

    Then vote Republican in 2012.

    If you believe in progress and want to insure that we have a strong United States, where the Middle Class still exists, where public education and a social safety net are rights and not privileges, and the wealthy pay their fair share.

    Then vote Democratic in 2012.

    That's the choice – now get out and vote for the future – vote Democratic in 2012!

    May 11, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. willard

    I know that s.e.a.l. Navy are wrong hunting killed to bin laden so I don't understand why s.e.a.l. Navy was catched him bring to justice court trail
    I saw cnn news that obama are mocking his act slaughter to killed to him so bin laden didn't show without trail court

    May 11, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. essie

    LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL!!!!!!! He is sooooo hilarious!!!! LOL, LOL, LOL!!!!

    May 11, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    I just love it when he calls Obama the worse President in the history of this country. Like him or not, he tells it like it is!!

    May 11, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Oldie in TampaBay

    run Donnie run!

    TRUMP-Palin 2012

    May 11, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. excitizen

    Trump says: "I would not have done it the way he did it. Too early, too soon, there was no reason for him to do it," Trump said. "There's no reason for it so Medicare and Medicaid all of the sudden come in and it's put in by Republicans and you've got elections to win."

    That's right folks – he would wait until after the election (if the republicans won) and then cut your medicare and medicaid – make no mistake.

    May 11, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. jim

    ""So we catch this guy, they shoot him, then they clean his body, they give him a religious ceremony … Why? I don't understand it," Trump said"
    because it's the right thing to do. remember, two wrongs do NOT make a right. if you can't understand that, you are unsuited to be in any office of real power.

    "… You know what a diplomat is? It's a person that studies how to be nice. I don't want a nice person. And that's why I may not make it in terms of getting, I'm not a nice person."
    the people who are not nice people get fired very quickly. the not nice people push business away. do we really want to push the rest of the world away? trump is a fool by anyone's measure.

    May 11, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. DonDillinger

    This guy is clearly silly.. I can't fathom him being President.. I can debate against him and win.. Seriously.. He runs his mouth about China and thinks that he can force China to do what he wants.. He is clearly nuts.. This is America "land of the free" if you don't want China to make your products, make them here in America yourself.. You do have a choice, China isn't forcing you to come to them for business.. Then he comes with the excuse it's cheaper to make them in China, WHAT!?? I"m confused, then what is your complaint? Oh, they manipulate the currency? Really? How? Have you sir ever been to a currency exchange.. They have them in the Airport..

    Trump Have you heard or FOREX traders? It's call fair market value, it means that Fair Market Value is the price at which a willing buyer and a willing seller come together. Key word here is "WILLING".. not forcing.. Now the big thing that relays on currency value is a countries relationship with U.S., U.K., China, and Russia.. So you are going in to force China to set currency at a rate "YOU" feel that is fair? How is that going to work?

    If he was president he will do nothing but bring hatred towards America from foreign countries.. He has no interest in the American people.. He has not once said anything that he will do for the average American.. All he is talking is big business.. But I don't see what's so big about his business savy..

    So his answers to foreign policy is "give me the damn oil" or else? Really? How is that behavior diplomatic and a healthy relationship between other countries? Trump has no clue.. What he will do is hurt America more then help.. He doesn't realize there are people involved American people. Children. It's not rational that the American people are so dumb down that they will vote for him..

    Think of your family, your children.. Just the American public in general.. America looses with Trump..

    Trump what are the actual American Geneal Objectives when pertaining to Foreign Policy?

    Trump the way you speak seems you feel Isolationism will be the best for America, how is that so? That means you believe that America can do fine without allies or assistance from other countries. That America can win and fight wars alone.. Is this true? Because the demands you plan on making to other countries will possibly get doors slammed in your face..

    Trump What are the actual goals and values of the American foreign policy and what instruments are used to attain the goals and sustain the values?

    Just asking, I'm just curious in what your plans are for the millions of people here you will be leading....
    man you make my head numb.. ! Just do another season of Celebrity Apprentice..

    May 11, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Peggy Sowder

    Donald Trump is like a breath of fresh air. He is saying all the things that the folks have been wanting to hear. We are so tierd of the crooks in Washington. He has common sense and doesn'tt owe anyone anything. I will be very disappointed if he doesn't run.

    May 11, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Bob

    do you suppose the super glue from the Donald's fox-cap hairpeice has fryed his brain? He is becoming more demented with each passing day. Word to the wise Donald, the earth has enough air-pollution without your hot air waste. GO AWAY DONALD the duck TRUMP!

    May 11, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Guess what Mr. Trump, a nobody is saying it now.

    May 11, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. excitizen

    Peggy Sowder says:
    Donald Trump is like a breath of fresh air. He is saying all the things that the folks have been wanting to hear. We are so tierd of the crooks in Washington. He has common sense and doesn'tt owe anyone anything. I will be very disappointed if he doesn't run.

    Wow! Peggy do some research – you're making a total fool out of yourself! FACT: he does owe people and a lot and is being sued by several at this moment. He is not a good business man – he's only good at avoiding personal liablity while his companies go bankrupt – why don't you talk to some of the poeple who have lost jobs because of his poor business practices? People who have lost homes due to him. He speaks plainly and like a bully and cannot do half of what he says he will – maybe this is why simple minded people are drawn to him – they aren't smart enough to actuallty do some research!

    May 11, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. Indy

    Trump sounds like un uneducated idiot, he is so stupid it makes one wonder how he has not bankrupted his Dads company for good. He wants to pick a fight with all Muslims and it is a 100% guarantee America would loose that fight, but he still would listen to the tiny voices in his head and start a war with any country he thinks he could steal oil from. Obama has known that Osama has been in Pakistan for years but Trump wants credit for saying he was in Pakistan, I mean there is no reality whatsoever in this man. I will give Trump credit for showing the world exactly what you DON'T want for a Presidential candidate, he is the poster child for what NOT to have as a presidential candidate.

    May 11, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. peaches

    all I got to say anything is better then what is in there now

    May 11, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Randy, San Francisco

    Trump should keep his day job and just fade away...he had his 15 minutes of political fame.

    May 11, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |