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
soundoff (327 Responses)
  1. Indy

    Day of Reckoning
    Thats quite funny !! Even Mickey Mouse (aka Romney) would be better !!! LMAO

    August 8, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Really?

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

    Well.. it is not a game...is it?

    August 8, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. republicansareputas

    Ah NO. Your not smart to outsmart a typical Chinese guy . keep dreaming

    August 8, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Brooke Willson

    . . . but I'll bet things would be just peachy for people in The Donal'd tax bracket.

    August 8, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. mrrationalhbg

    If Trump is good at one thing it's going bankrupt. So yeah he'd do great as Treasury Secretary.

    August 8, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. pmk1953

    The business men ARE running the country. They're just diong it through proxies (repubs). We need to keep them out of gov't. Make lobbyists illegal, reverse citizens united.

    August 8, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. dude

    I PREDICT that Trump will go bankrupt for the FOURTH time!!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. dude

    AND if YOU were the Treasury Sec., I'd be hugging the toilet bowl!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. ed

    CNN has lost all credibility in my mind. Any [news source} that publishes the thoughts of this egotistical moron, is not worth toilet paper. Trump's enterprises were always on the verge of bankruptcy even in the best of times. His mantra is: If I can't get what I want, I'll just sue. America deserves exactly what it gets if it idolizes this creep.

    August 8, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. HellNo

    Everything Donald touches turns to mold. He knows how to publicize and sell himself, but having big balls and screwing over creditors will only get you so far. To all the idiots who have given money to him and his idiot managed companies, you deserved everything you got out of the deal.

    Concerning why he would be aspiring to the White House is beyond me. He should focus on a smaller scale racket such as Chicago city government. All Donald is a used car salesmen in an expensive suit.

    August 8, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Chas in Iowa

    A previously soiled ultra right wing corporate shill is not what this country needs.
    All Donald has accomplish is running a mega real estate corporation into bankruptsy.

    August 8, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. john hastings

    I agree the republicans are trashy but this country wright now needs someone very special for this job and the only person who is qualified to do it is Donald trump.

    August 8, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. David

    Trump could save us from our disfunctional Govt. Unless we reinstall a new govt, we are history. We turned our heads and let the Washingtons babies bankrupt us. If our muslim raised chief and commander isnt booted, we wont have a country for his second term.

    August 8, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Sanandra

    Yeah, let's put the guy in charge who files bankruptcy every time things get rough for his companies. Who gets left holding the bag when Trump runs a company into bankruptcy owing $50-75-100 million or more?? The investors, the contractors, the vendors, & the American taxpayers– that's who. Trump walks away with a smirk & everybody else gets the shaft.
    Why do people even give this egotistical nitwit the time of day. Helllo, CNN & the rest of the media– quit covering this jerk.

    August 8, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. nagrom

    Wouldn't that be like letting the fox in the chicken coup? He would be rolling in the dough and would never have to file bankruptcy again.

    August 8, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. John

    Should Americans march into Washington and arrest congressional republicans?

    Should public trials take place on the steps of the Capital?

    Should the state dept label the tea party a domestic terrorist organization?

    Are Americans apathetic to their plight?

    August 8, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. OK

    Big Chief him say, "Much clouds, much thunder, big wind–No rain!

    August 8, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Dale

    The few Trump-free weeks on the Political Ticker were nice.

    August 8, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Ozzie

    Everybody, please calm down. Mr. Pawlenty, come up with another strategy to get yourself some attention. We now have a culture shaped by Palin, Bachman, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Cantor, Ryan, Rove, McConnell, and a whole host of others who were so quiet during the Bush years – unpaid for wars at 12 billion dollars a month, big breaks for the wealthy and corporate folks, idolatrous and expensive relationship with pharamceuticals. Now, since 2008, they found their voice and conscience – and silly, outlandish, reasonless behaviour. Calm down. Raise the level of reason, reduce the level of fear. Stop disrespecting the citizens with your unfounded, ungrounded remarks. To lie to the people for political purposes is so, so unpatriotic. Calm down. Try truth.

    August 8, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. josephine

    Don't know what Trump is talking about. Most of the products he markets in the US are made in China. HYPOCRITE!!!

    August 8, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. Denise

    Huckabee's comments are bizarre~
    1. "... and failed this president." No, the Congress have repeatedly failed to do their job and continue to fail today. Pointing fingers and blaming each other while trying to discredit the S&P is NOT PRODUCTIVE. It does not help our nation. How about do the job you were elected to do! Now there's a novel idea!
    2. "And bringing Donald Trump in is a real optical game changer." An 'optical' game changer? Yes, Trump is a full-out illusion on so many levels but the fiery comb-over is over the top...literally.

    August 8, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Badeley-Bent

    Well, finally someone gets it! Trump has my vote if he runs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Done With You All

    Just like in the TV show, Falling Skys, Obama didnt think that there would be resistance to his changem well there is and we dont like your change obama and We The People and The Tea Party will change America back, so lead follow or get the hell out of the way. We The People and the Tea Party arer tired of axelrod, reid, obama, pelosi, and the rest of the destroyers, we are coming for you and we are your worst nightmare, we are your resistance.

    August 8, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Chumlee

    A perfect GOP canidate. Build a cage around the US and implode within. Trumps hair piece is probably made in China.

    August 8, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Alina77

    I always liked Trump, of course until he pulled that "give me your b-certificate" self f..,,g stunt, but for Trump to be a treasury secretary? I would agree with him on this.

    August 8, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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