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. Boytjie

    @Done With You All:

    Where were you when Bush and the GOP ran the country in the ground? where did this huge deficits start? Think... 2 unfunded wars, unfunded medicare plan b and the Bush tax cuts... and you want to go back there? Because its the same people you want back.

    August 8, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Namemercefes

    I found Wolf's conversation with Trump very annoying
    I'm sure they were both sharing very iinteresting opinions but who would know when Wolf consyantly talked over Trump in the first segment. We're intetested in the host's giests opinions not Wolf the journalist opinion

    August 8, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Kevin

    STFU Donald. Nobody thinks you can run anything except for you.

    August 8, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Matt

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

    What's an "optical" game changer?

    August 8, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. joan

    Wolf Blizster was just talking with this man. It was just sad and horrible to hear his voice on the stupid things that comes out of his mouth. He said all the terrible thing that is happening to America now is because we don't have a leader. Myself and all America must feel sad about what our country is comint to. But it is most devastating to deal with all these so-call experts. His obessesion and hated with China and India. The man is clearly racist and hateful. These countries and people worked hard and are reaping the rewards for hard work. We in America worked hard but we have a huge problem in years of bad Replubican leadership. We also have a system where the rich are able to keep more money in taxes in their pockets and we the poor have to pay through out teeth. The gap between the rich and the poor is much too large and if that is not fixed our country no matter who is leading will continue to slip. This is not cause by Obama and the Democrats... it is more on the backs of the replubican as they have held office more times that the Democrats. The Demcrats has always balance the budget and leave the country with money... the replubican do the opposite. I give the replubicans credit though they are able to twist things and lie profusely and put the blame on the obama and the democrats.
    Wake up America we need to find the truth and send a clear message that we will not be fooled anymore. Remove the wool from our eyes.

    August 8, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Tom

    Was Wolf's talking to Willy Loman just prior to Obama's address purely an attempt to stir the pot? You needed to get a comment from this xenophobic troll about a statement a GOP non-candidate made about him (Trump) being able to put the US finances in order and Wolf just let him rant, never called him on anything. Keepin' 'em honest indeed. I have no option but to down grade CNN.

    August 8, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Donald forgot to remind America that he is "really really proud of himself." Still waiting on that Hawaii investigation. Still waiting for a comment on that surgical carve-up job on Donald's carcass by Obama at the Correspondent's Dinner. Still waiting for Donald to file for a 5th bankruptcy.

    August 8, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Angus001

    Wow!!!!!!!! I guess everyone is happy with who we have now. LIbs need to pull their heads out of their talking points and face reality. I know, I know, that isn't going to happen.

    August 8, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. OU812IC

    From the guy who has declared bankruptcy how many times now
    Go back to your stupid reality shows & skank pageants

    August 8, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. John

    Hoe long Is People going to listen to this Idiot. all he does Is ran his mouth and file for bankrupt. That the Trouble we have Now American People Listen to the Republican to much. By the way how them JOBS THE REPUBLICAN RUN ON IN. Just Another LIE told BY the Republican.

    August 8, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. shaddup

    Optical? Optical. He keeps saying that word but I don't think he knows what it means.

    August 8, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. exodus84

    This is a guy who's gone bankrupt before and was able to bring himself back from that and people think that's bad? Really? So every decision you've ever made was spot on and youve never made a mistake? You want to find people that have been perfect to hold public office? Wow! Well good luck with that. Id take Trump in the Treasury all day especially if he's going to go after the likes of China and OPEC. The good thing about those who've made mistakes and persevered is they've learned and rebounded. You guys need to think that through before you bash the guy. He might be nuts but he aint stupid!

    August 8, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. sortakinda

    More interestingly, what would the Donald do if he weren't such a big windbag?

    August 8, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. New Age Independant

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

    The ramblings of the lunatic left.

    Can it be any more obvious that Democrats will never hold themselves accountable for anything? This administration is a joke. Obama appoints a tax evasionist as the Sec of Treasury and Democrats want to blame those who want to see a balanced budget and responsible spending? Sheer lunacy!

    August 8, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. wgf

    ....and in would be deathly painful for the United States. For God's sake, where are the grown-ups ?

    August 8, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Chumlee

    "ripping us off"???? Big old Trump has been ripping off his business partners and creditors for how long?

    This guy is a crook, liar, cheat, thief, disgusting individual beginning with his hair!

    August 8, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Sara Bentley

    Lead paragraph needs to be rewritten to avoid ambiguity. Journalism 101. Should state: "Donald Trump responded Monday to Mike Huckabee's suggestion that TRUMP serve as treasury secretary, predicting who would be hurt most by the potential appointment." Writers know what I'm talking about. Caps are mine to show what I mean.

    August 8, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Paul1st

    It would have been far easier if the Donald would have tried to list anyone for whom his being Treasury secretary would NOT be painful. I can't think of anyone. All mankind would suffer.

    August 8, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. bp

    Despite his views on science and creationism, I did have some respect for Huckabee as a decent person who did not use hatred as a means of advancing his ambition (unlike most other GOP candidates – no wonder Ross Perot had no chance in 1992 when he said "If you hate people, I don't want your vote" – what a political novice he was). But this comment trivializes the national debate. We have serious issues to deal with, and even joking that a media creation like Trump (whose only talent is for public masturbation) could address them isn't constructive. Huckabee already proved he values the Fox paycheck above all else, now he shows that he will double down on that.

    August 8, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Texasmike

    I wonder how many people the Don has stiffed over the years with his little bankrupcies? This is typical deadbeat rightwing fiscal policy. Can't pay your debts, in over your head? Well, let 'em slide and don't pay 'em back. What's China and OPEC gonna do? Donald Trump believes in privatised profits and social losses.

    August 8, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Philojazz

    "Blah blah hair blah blah fired blah blah ratings blah blah I'm really SMART! blah blah more hair blah blah Palin's cute blah blah".

    August 8, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. TheTraveler

    Don't even care. Trump, like Palin, Bachmann and the other GOP finger pointers is just another side show in the GOP & Teabagger Circus.

    August 8, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. LovetobeinAustralia

    Trump is all show and no go.

    August 8, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. thomas

    It would be great to see Donald Trump's face on a 25 dollar bank note !

    "In Trump we trust" ?

    August 8, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. bonger

    1. how can someone who bankrupts casinos manages the finances of a country??
    2. worse yet, shows you huckabees "judgement & wisdom"

    August 8, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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