September 25th, 2007
09:00 AM ET
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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. Mike, Tomball, TX

    Why doesn't this arrogant, self centered jerk run for president himself?

    September 24, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  2. Paul banas buffalo new york

    Bush in my opinion is the absolute worst president in history. Impeachment would only have brought Cheney who would be far worse. Bush is just a moron, but Cheney is smart shrewd and EVIL!!!!!

    September 24, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  3. Bruce, Jackson, Mi

    Trump is a joke and he should go into hiding, no one cares what he thinks... shut up you windbag.

    September 24, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. Joe Black San Jose, Ca.

    Any thing people say about Bush like that is right. 2009 is a long time coming. We have another Bush year and three month to go. God help us!

    September 24, 2007 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. Michael, Philadelphia, PA

    I find Donald Trump immensely entertaining and agree with him that President Bush is damaged goods. I saw the CNN Situation Room today. With both Hillary and Rudy looking strong, why hasn’t any call the election a subway series. I would have expected that from The Donald. (My blog clickbroker.blogspot.com)

    September 24, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. C.K. Bigloldi

    The Trumpster can really call it. Up to his eyeballs in debt, regularly declined for home loans, never misses a chance to get in front of a TV camera. I once admired Donnie boy. Now he's nothing more than an old male version of Paris Hilton, saying idiot things, plastering his mug on everything from neckties to ribeyes. Disgusting.

    September 24, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  7. Dumbo

    I have always thought you are not too smart... just darn lucky... thanks to your family mostly... That was a stupid comment ... say goodbye to half of your possible market share... whatever it is you are thinking of selling in the future.

    September 24, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. Moe, NY

    Trump is right about Bush. I think he should have went further and advised the whole republican party..corrupt evil crooks that they are...to go into hiding. No more republicans please!America has had enough corrpution from the republican party to last a life time.

    September 24, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. Niki, Alexandria, VA

    Trump is a bombastic fella but he's right about this one. For those in delusional denial, I'd like to know how we are better off now as a nation than we were before Bush took office. Bush has run this country into the ground–relatively speaking that is. I just wish Bush would go into hiding now and not wait for the elections. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    September 24, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. Tbone Minneapolis MN

    I think Donald Trump should go with him.

    September 24, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Don Louis

    Is the space under the gosh-awful toupee available, Donald?
    Sincerely,
    G.W.B.

    September 24, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. Andre R, Los Angeles, CA

    Donald is right on and he has the right to speak up. For anyone who has money or is doing business outside of the U.S., you would be an idiot not to see the damage this President has done. The dollar today is worth less than the Canadian, FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS, the UK pound is worth more than twice the US $$ and the Euro is at an all time high of 1.40. The greenback is turning into the Mexican peso and this President has done NOTHING ABOUT IT. That alone is pathetic, he should hide.

    September 24, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. Kyle, Tulsa, OK

    This is hilarious. David from Boston wrote "I new Donald was a wise man." and then went on to say that democrats have a higher IQ "...generally a higher average IQ?". David, is it new or knew?

    September 24, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  14. Michael DeMario, Waconia MN

    Trump also all but endorsed Rudy Giuliani for President in his comments. I think I'll support Fred Thompson now.

    September 24, 2007 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Why is it that many people get upset over what Trump said? He just express his views. Many people create blogs to express their views. People who put comment to this blog are expressing their views. I like to hear what he has to say. Agree or not, that is something for me to decide.

    And for that matter, why are many people upset over what stars have to say. They are people too and they have a right to express themselves. Agree or not, that's up to you.

    September 24, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. Ray , Long Island , NY

    Don,

    Too bad it wasn't your realestate that was bombed on 9/11. Bill & Hillary had world trade ctr 1993, Embassey's in Africa, Waco Texas, and SS Cole. Did the world love us then???

    September 24, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. John Ross, Chattanooga

    Sadly, I agree. I don't understand how George Bush has self destructed. He appears to be an honest man but totally ineffective. The real tragedy is that he is setting us up for a third Clinton presidency that will of necessity have a Salvadore Allende ending.

    September 24, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. Vic, Dallas, Tx.

    Trump needs to focus on how to get his struggling casinos back in the black. First it was Rosie and now its Bush. Trump is so desperate for attention he'll likely be doing the Craig Ferguson show before long.

    September 24, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Donald should keep his mouth shut when it comes to politics. Expressing your opinion is only going to anger half of the people that will listen. That's a no-win situation, just keep your mouth shut.

    September 24, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  20. Whitneymuse, San Diego, CA

    Trump has it correct; if you didn't know it before the president was promoting the Kennedy-McCain amnesty program for illegal immigrants; you know it now. Peggy Noonan wrote about it in her piece in the Wall Street Jounal entitled "TooBad" June 1, 2007. She basically, said that conervatives were like the "Battered wife syndrome" and we should know that Bush left the conservatives a long time ago.

    September 24, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  21. Otis Campbell

    Why can't Trump go hide?

    Calling someone "the worst ...ever"... my is that pot calling the kettle black.

    September 24, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  22. Donnie Canton, MS

    You are an idiot!

    September 24, 2007 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  23. CJ, Minneapolis, MN-where Republicans get busted in the bathroom

    Bush is not all stupid, he has shown how the voting process does not work. He certainly showed how having family in office, money, and the appointee's of the family can tarnish any and every election he has been in. Since Bush does make money off of oil and armor, it made perfect sense to go into Iraq..and a staged 9/11 happen to work into that just perfectly...it is amazing if you follow the money trail and who benefits most what one might discover

    September 24, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  24. ty phoenix az

    you're right donald. i am no longer a republican, thanks to idiots like this scum-bag in office now. ron paul people!

    September 24, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. Nick Andrelli, Alexandria, Va.

    Trump is wacko. As long as the Dems and other liberals don't get ahold of all the text books and remove all record of Jimmy Carter (21% interest rate, 13% inflation, 9% unemployment, high taxes, and, of course, abandoning the Shah of Iran, leading to the Mullahs, the 444-day Iranian hostage crisis, and ultimately Mahmoud I'm-a-nut-job at Columbia University), NOBODY can come close to Carter as "worst president ever". In fact, even if you hate Bush, you can't rate him below Carter, Nixon, or Johnson (just to mention those in my lifetime, which goes back to Truman, never mind "in history").

    But with record high GDP, record high employment, record high tax revenues, record high Dow Jones and S&P and a strong response to terrorism (unlike that of Mr. Clinton), and virtually none of which is given any positive coverage by the MSM, it is really hard to put Bush down even that low. At the top are Reagan and Truman, and possibly Eisenhower, and my bet is that in 20 years level-headed analysis will put him at least on a par with Truman. He is clearly above Bush 41 and Clinton, and Kennedy was not around long enough to get properly rated (although he probably would have been 3rd or 4th). Ford doesn't count.

    One thing Carter did, though, was play tough with the Soviets after they invaded Afghanistan. He told them "Forget the Summer Olympics, we are not coming over to your house to play, so there, nyah-nyah-nyah". Fortunately, he did not boycott the Winter Olympics, or we would have been screwed out of the Miracle on Ice in Lake Placid.

    September 24, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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