September 25th, 2007
09:00 AM ET
15 years ago

The Donald: Time for Bush to go into 'hiding'

Watch Trump sound off on politics with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Donald Trump has some advice for President Bush if he wants a Republican to win the White House: Hide.

The business mogul and vocal critic of the Bush administration told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Monday that he thinks the president is a "huge liability" for any Republican seeking the White House. Trump went on to say the best thing Bush can do for his party is to go into "hiding."

"I think President Bush has to go into a corner and hide if a Republican is going to get elected," he said. "There is no way he is an asset. He is a huge liability, and he is going to have to do a big, big hiding act if a Republican is going to win."

Once a Republican nominee is determined, Trump added, Bush "should just go into a corner and say 'Okay, that's it. I am finished. It's over.'"

Trump also reiterated his comments to CNN in March that Bush is "probably" the worst president in American history, saying, "We've gone from this tremendous power that was respected all over the world to somewhat of a laughing stock."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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soundoff (537 Responses)
  1. LANCE P. CORD, FT. WAYNE, IN

    as hard as it is for me to admit it, Donald Trump is right on the money here. The question is, what Republican can win the White House? The lead candidate has alientated the very conservatives at that are the core of the party. I'm afraid that the next president will be another Clinton. And the one after that, 8 years later, could be too (Chelsea) if the Republicans don't get their act together very soon.

    September 24, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Mike

    Go Donald! Donald should run.

    September 24, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. John Doe

    Doanld is not in any position to provide neither advise or comment to our U.S. president. His intent is to prepare a foot step into his day dream to become the future U.S. president by 2012... Is this a do-able job for him ?

    September 24, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Tera St Paul, MN

    Oh Donald......How I wish YOU'D go and hide!

    September 24, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. not a fan, Lenexa KS

    Donald Trump should hide. Republicans might win due to Clinton winning the nomination for the democrats.

    September 24, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Ervin, Ganado, AZ

    The Don knows what he is talking about!

    September 24, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Gil, Beverly Hills, CA

    As Donald Trump would say, the worst "deals" for the USA were made by Bush and his administration. It would be hard to disagree with Trump.

    September 24, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. David Boston,MA

    I new Donald was a wise man. But I would hope that the bible belt would get a clue and vote for the Demicratic party regardless if he goes into hiding or not. Why is it that the Blue states have a higher population and generally a higher average IQ?

    September 24, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    Wow, the Donald ISN'T any smarter than the rest of us!

    September 24, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Richard, Seattle

    If world events remain the same for the next year a Democrat will more than likely be elected.

    If world events become worse in the next year a Republican might be elected.

    September 24, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Schratboy, Boulder CO

    Wow. Hot advice from the guy who made the comb-over is a fashion statement. President Bush, please take the Donald's advice.

    September 24, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. REX ,ALBEMARLE, NC

    SOMETIMES I WISH THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE FAMOUS OR WEALTHY WOULD JUST KEEP THE THOUGHTS THEY HAVE TO THEMSELVES!!!! THEY THINK THEY SPEAK FOR THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS THAT WORK HARD EVERY DAY TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY WORK. IN THEIR MINDS THE REST OF US HAVE NO THOUGHTS ON POLITICS OR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS!!!

    September 24, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Marc, New York, NY

    When did anyone start caring what Trump thinks?

    September 24, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Lawrence Mannino

    And Donald Trump's opinion is insightful, relevant and newsworthy because...?

    September 24, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Steve Memphis, TN

    Since when is Donald Trump an authority on politics? Trump needs to figure out how to manage his own business without going broke again. Listening to Donald Trump talk about politics is the equivalent of asking a Sunday golfer how to beat Tiger Woods.

    September 24, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. James Jensen

    this idiot seems to think that becasue he has more money then most his opinion counts for more. Trump is a self promoting bigoted load mouth. He should stick to mud wrestling with Rosie O'Donnell.

    September 24, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Tina Goodrich, Missoula, MT

    why should we care what Trump has to say about anything? It's not that I'm a Bush fan, but Trump is neither a politician nor a scholar. You wrote a non-story.

    September 24, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Paul, Arlington TX

    The Donald is entirely correct but I don't see why his opinion matters more than mine. Being rich and famous doesn't make a person right, it's just a coincidence that Mr. Trump believes Bush is as big a liability to the Republicans as 70% of the country does.

    September 24, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. wag, Maine

    Get your facts straight. Donald didn't go broke. He is a business man. He works harder than most of us. He has learned from many mistakes, but doesn't do them twice...

    September 24, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. RichinTX Navasota TX

    Wish the Donald would go into hiding.

    September 24, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. James, Phoenix AZ

    CNN – the on-line tabloid!!

    Stay tuned to see what Donald has to say about Rosie O'Donnell.

    September 24, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. ddey

    If Bush is looking for a good hiding place, I would suggest under Donald’s hair.

    September 24, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Tom, AlBUQUERQUE, N

    Great insight Mr Trump. We are all becoming more aware of the evil nature of president bush. the man is toxic and is an evil present in the world. Surely the Democrats wi;ll wine in 2008.

    September 24, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Edith Crabfat Fenwick Island, DE

    YOU ARE RIGHT....COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER...THANKS DONALD!

    September 24, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. spraynardkruger

    Perhaps Bush can find some space under Trump's giant orange toupée?

    September 24, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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