Trump: If I were treasury secretary...
August 8th, 2011
10:28 AM ET
3 years ago

Trump: If I were treasury secretary...

(CNN) - Donald Trump responded Monday to Mike Huckabee's suggestion that he serve as treasury secretary, predicting who would be hurt most by the potential appointment.

"I'll tell you, it would be very painful for China, it would be very painful for OPEC, it would be very painful for many of the countries that are just ripping us off," the real estate mogul said on Fox News.

Former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee, who first made the suggestion last week, reiterated his call Monday morning, saying current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has "failed the economy and failed this president."

"The president needs to have him walk the plank, if not for policy reasons, he needs to do it for the political optics," Huckabee said on Fox News. "And bringing Donald Trump in is a real optical game changer."

Geithner announced Sunday he would remain in his post through the 2012 election.

Although Trump seemingly dismissed the suggestion, he showered Huckabee, the former 2008 GOP presidential candidate, with praise.

"I think he would have gotten the nomination personally [in 2012], but you know he had lots of considerations," Trump said. "So, he said that, I'm greatly honored."

Huckabee and Trump decided against bids for the White House earlier this year after public flirtations. Criticism of China and OPEC were oft-heard lines from Trump as he traveled to early presidential voting states mulling a bid.


Filed under: Donald Trump • Mike Huckabee • Tim Geithner
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  1. JAN

    i have never figured out why do they always talk to him when there is a financial problem in this country. what or who made him a financial guru! CNN; quit giving him free airtime and inflating his ego-he has nothing to say that is worth hearing or repeating!!!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Stella

    Oh GEESH....First off "Mouth" you haven't shown us your tax records....and you said you would after Obama showed his birth certificate. You can't even follow thru on one promise yet alone hold the greatest office in the world. Heck, you and Sarah ?????.....neither of you follow thru. Both quitters!!!

    August 8, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. GOP Hate America

    here is what I predict. Donald Trump will file again for bankruptcy to make his next millions

    August 8, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Yeah, "Trump's Big Prediction" was the following:

    "I bet if I come out swinging randomly and spew a buttload of crazy crazy ideological toughguy nonsense about S&P, the debt ceiling, deficit, defult, credit rating downgrades, China and OPEC, and my megalomaniacal fantasies of world domination, the MSM "news" will print it all over the place as their top political story all day and give me tons of free publicity."

    Dude is apparently a seer. He must be reciving radio signlas through his tinfoil hairpiece directly from God.

    August 8, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "@ Sniffit "And with S&P's blatant math errors..."

    The ramblings of the lunatic left. "

    Ummm...it's math. Ergo, the only lunacy here is S&P getting caught with a $2T math error in their analysis leading into them downgrading the US's credit rating, admitting they made the error and then downgrading the credit rating anyway. When a Nobel Prize winning economist like Krugman is pointing out that S&P is fabricating some pretty ridiculous things in terms of economic theory in order to justify what it has done, I tend to believe him over S&P, the very people who gave the securities derivatives created from bundled subprime mortgages a big fat rating of "just dandy" before they got toyed with via credit default swaps before tanking the economy in 2008.

    August 8, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Stephen in VA

    So if he were Treasury Secretary, we could have Trump Dollars to go along with Trump Vodka (bankrupt) and Trump Airlines (also bankrupt)?

    August 8, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. w l jones

    A day in politic.

    August 8, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Wallster

    So successful... if only MY DAD left me $400 million to start my life with. Who knows, maybe I would have a human jaw sewn to my rectum so I could talk out my a$$ like the Donald. Hey Don, stick to entertaining because you sound incredibly stupid when you talk like this.

    August 8, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. MB Seattle

    This was the same load of crap he was peddling before the corespondence dinner. Donald you are smarter than Sarah Palin and have better hair than Michelle Backman but you are not qualified.

    Serious times requires serious people please.

    August 8, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Erik

    Congress has failed. They have the power to cut spending AND raise taxes. Ending this useless decade-long war would be nice too, something we could not and cannot afford.

    August 8, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Someone is watching

    Of course trade imbalances and offshoring with China are not good. But China is also are the largest owner of the trillions of US Debt, which is now not looking like such a solid investment. So if they were to call it in, like a bank calling in a mortgage, the US would be in trouble. But I suppose Trump is no stranger to bankruptcy filings.

    August 8, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. denver2

    This headline is almost as inane as Trump himself. He didn't make a "big prediction" and nobody sane would put this man in charge of the treasury. The real story here is that a presidential hopeful would even suggest something so dumb. Get a grip, Huck.

    August 8, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Philip Hades

    Well Trump will never be treasury secretary so his opinion is worth as much as what he would do if he "was president."

    Dear Editors; Quit giving this gasbag column inches.

    August 8, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. danilo

    I'm so tired of this orange troll.....

    August 8, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Jim in San Mateo

    Donald Trump is irrelevant.

    August 8, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Sebastian Kent

    @ Jeffrey W Brown wrote:

    I want to start this off by saying, I cannot stand Donald Trump. With that said, you people who say he is a terrible businessman are bigger idiots than you claim him to be. He is worth a ton, and the feature of the article. You are commenting on it, and probably don't make the interest his checking account would in a year.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    If you can't stand him then why even begin to defend him? America won't get better until we have zero tolerance for pretenders. Trumps checking account interest tops mine, no doubt. But his loan interest swamps his checking & savings account interest.

    Trump makes his money selling hot air – selling his name – to adoring fans like you who think if you can stay a his casino, or buy a tie at Macy's with his name on it, somehow you are legitimized as a player.

    I don't know how you define "businessman" but Trump is more of a con-man than a businessman. Let's start with the fact that he is a "trust fund baby" that was given anywhere from $50M to $130M in seed capital from his father. He does not "create" anything of value. He is no Steve Jobs, Bill Gates. He does not manage businesses well, He is no Warren Buffet. He's no Jon Hunstman Sr. I'll even give the Koch brothers props – Trump can't bring operational excellence to the "running of a business" like any of these types.

    Give me $100M to start with, especially 45 years ago, and I'd have Micheal Bloomberg caliber money, not have been in bankruptcy court 3 / 4 times like Donald Trump. I wouldn't have little old ladies in Tampa suing me to get their condo deposits back.

    August 8, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    ""And bringing Donald Trump in is a real optical game changer."

    Yep...so myopic it's almost like lookin behind you.

    August 8, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Senor Ed

    If Trump were treasury secretary we'd be bankrupt in a week and the Dow might be at 200 points (yes, 200) if we were lucky.

    August 8, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. gandoman

    Donald Trumpoholic (because he is drunk on his own ego) has learned something that everyone has learned since George '3 below plant life' Bush became President. The DUMBING DOWN of America continues. There are people (like Trumpoholic) who believe, truly believe that because they are wealthy, they have the answer to all the problems of the 'little' people. All Donald has ever done is look out for #1 & all Donald will ever do is put himself first. He is a little bored at the moment & being in the limelight for him is like breathing for us common folk. Imagine Donald & Sarah Palinitis (She is a minor infection) both running!
    The movies they could star in .....
    "The Donfather-Part 4" – the story of an Alaskan Governor under siege fighting to keep control as a New York outsider woos her into his bed through the 'back-door'.
    "Palin's Pizza" – A gritty, cheesy tale of the attempted buyout of a Pizza Parlor chain by a Big City Slicker whose taste in Pizza only rivals his taste in women. He likes them lukewarm, aged, extra cheesy with mush puppies & wackomoles.
    "Trumpenstein vs The Wolfbitch" – remade in 2D (Double Dilusional).
    "Donald & Minimind" – A love story between two different generations; Generation Why & Generation ZZZ's. A film guaranteed to ask dumb questions before putting you to sleep.
    Look out Oscars!

    August 8, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. Len Smith

    This is someone playing a JOKE? Right?

    August 8, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Debbie

    Considering that Trump has filed previously for bankruptcy, do you really want him holding the purse strings?

    August 8, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Michael Siever

    "If I were treasury secretary...I'd be fired in 2 days."

    August 8, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. Shannon

    Just what we need, another moron in our government, we already gave the baggers, aren't they doing enough damage, can you imagine adding this lunatic to the mix.

    August 8, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. Why Ask Trump

    Why does the media persist in asking Trump what he thinks about economic matters? No one cares what he thinks or trust him about anything. Move on to something else and forget about Trump.

    August 8, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Me

    I know 2 things: 1. Geithner is a MORON who I wouldn't trust to run a cash register at a 7-11. 2. Donald Trump is a CLOWN who I wouldn't trust to run a lemonade stand.

    I would trust the Count from Sesame Street to do a better job running the Treasury then either of these fools. At least we know he can count to 10 without using his fingers!

    August 8, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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