(CNN) - Outspoken billionaire Donald Trump weighed in on public outrage over President Barack Obama's perceived faux pas on his trip to South Africa, as well as the possibility of a yet-to-be known political star in 2016, in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan Wednesday.
The real estate titan also said the "real" rate of unemployment could be as much as double the 7 percent that's being reported with so many Americans giving up looking for a job.
Obama taking hits over ‘selfie’ and Castro handshake
Obama's short trip to South Africa to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela sparked unexpected controversy when the commander-in-chief shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro despite 50-plus years of adversarial U.S. and Cuban relations.
Trump said he didn't take the hand shake too seriously, though the President, "always seems to bow to foreign leaders."
"Now I don't see any reason to bow in this case, but he bows," he said, but "I don't make a big thing out of it. There's certainly nothing wrong with shaking hands."
During the memorial service, a photographer snapped a picture of the President taking a "selfie" with Danish and British leaders.
The picture sent a buzz through the Internet, with many saying it was an inappropriate act at such a somber event.
First Lady Michelle Obama is also in the photograph, though she is clearly not taking part in the photo.
"His wife was not happy, or she seemed like she wasn't too happy," Trump said, referring to Mrs. Obama.
"And that was a tough picture, because it is a funeral. Now, you could also say it's a celebration of a great life. But it is, nevertheless, a funeral. And I guess he's taking a lot of heat on that."
'Real' unemployment and the minimum wage debate
November's job report showed slow but solid economic improvement - with unemployment falling to a 5-year low at 7%.
Trump suggested the real unemployment rate is double what last month's jobs report released because it doesn't include Americans who have given up looking for work.
"The real unemployment is 13-15 maybe even 16 or 17 percent because so many people have given up looking for jobs," he said.
Democratic lawmakers in Washington are pushing for an increase in the federal minimum wage, which currently stands at $7.25 an hour. A proposal would boost it to about $10, and the White House has said Obama supports such a measure.
Trump said the debate surrounding whether to raise the minimum wage has "created a lot of problems."
"You don't want to do anything that's going to keep the incentive away for whether it's McDonald's expanding in this country. At the same time you have to let people live," Trump said, suggesting there was merit in the idea of having two minimum wages - one of high school-age kids and another for people who have families to raise.
2016 full of unknowns
Trump, who has been a vocal figure on the future of the Republican Party, said the presidential election in 2016 will be "close race" and could include a yet-to-be discovered politician, like then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.
"Nobody heard a number of years ago - six years ago - of Barack Obama. Nobody even knew who he was and Hillary (Clinton) was supposed to get it. All of a sudden he came along and he won," he said.
Trump flirted with a presidential run that never materialized in 2012 and continues to tease a possible candidacy.
Woman to lead GM
Earlier this week, General Motors announced Mary Barra would serve as the new chief executive officer - the first female to lead a major U.S. automaker.
Trump said Barra is "supposed to be outstanding," and, furthermore, the company itself is doing well.
"You've got to give them a lot of credit," he said. "I think it's wonderful that you have a woman as the head of General Motors."
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