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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  1. B Porter Frankfort, IN

    Like most folks on the east coast mr trump has no idea what most americans think. Spend some time in the heartland of this country and you will find most people have some respect for our president.

    September 24, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. Chris, Waukesha, WI

    Mr. Trump is absolutely wrong that Bush will go down as the absolute worst president of the US. He is making an emotional judgement based on his world view (which is New York City). If he actually stops to think about it, what country right now doubts the US will do what it takes to stop terrorism? Iran? Syria? Why did Libya give up it's chemical and biological weapons? Why did Syria leave Lebanon? Why is Abu Sayyaf being crushed in the Philippines? Why does cooperation between the French, German, and the US intelligence agencies remain extremely strong? Because Bush was right. He made some mistakes budget wise in my opinion and does not appear to be taking the Chinese spy rings seriously but on terrorism, he has been correct. Thirty years from now, history will have a more favorable view of Bush.

    September 24, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. Mike, San Antonio

    It's time for Trump to go into hiding, he's produced the worst reality TV show in history. He's a huge liability for the reality TV industry, and he's an albatross around the neck of any other business type TV show venture in the future.

    September 24, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. gene bangkok

    I cant believe it!!!

    For once, I agree with something that "The Donald" said!!

    September 24, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. Mark Harris, Northridge, CA

    The more Donald Trump, Rosie O'Donnel, Bill Maher, Sean Penn and the rest of the far left liberals (including the Dem candidates) speak their mind and unveil the same talking points as the lil man from Iran, Bin Laden and all jihadists, it makes it all the more clearer who's side Americans should be on.

    September 24, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  6. Tim NC

    David in Boston. Mr. IQ. Learn how to spell you idiot. The astoundingly gifted citizens of Massachusetts have elected John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, and you want to engage in a conversation about intellectual capacity. Wow. You truly are a genius. You moron.

    September 24, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. Sam Delafield WI

    What we need is socialism and ridiculous taxes.... every "evil" business will leave. Socialism is dying throughout Europe, why do Americans feel that it will work in the United States. 12% unemployment is not a successful or well oiled economy.

    September 24, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. Robert Moon Fort Worth, Texas

    You've got it wrong David. Red State people have more education than blue state people and consequently higher IQ's. David, blue democrat states have the uneducated minorities, the low class Union thugs and the highest taxes in the nation.

    Donald Trump is an idiot. If his father hadn't made it rich on Wall Street, Donald would be a nobody. Donald is the last person who should be giving advice to Bush, he can't even handle his personal life. Trump is the fool if he thinks America is a laughingstock.

    September 24, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. R. Ryan Augusta GA

    I can tell this is CNN – So many liberals and so few people smart enough to know that Trump is just a rich dolt with an ego the size of Texas and little real political brains. Just look at his many public fiascos, he is no true brainiac. I see CNN also removed my comment earlier about the Don where I referred to him as a intellectually challenged donkey but remember that he does have a right to his opinion and I wish it was an exclusive right and he would keep them to himself.

    Bush is not perfect but people it is easy to blame someone for all the problems in this difficult time. I am proud to be an American and I am proud of our president in these difficult times. You liberals make me sick with all your after the fact knowledge. Arm Chair quarterbacks I say. Little more and probably lots less.

    September 24, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. Linda - Albany, NY

    "The Donald" isn't telling us anything most of us don't already feel. Unless Trump plans on running and changing things, he should shut his big motor-mouth. He's just another celebrity looking for a stage to cater to his narcissism.

    September 24, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. allan Makdanda,Il

    President Bush has a long long road to reach the depths of the ninties. Remember how China, N. Korea and now the middle east are acquiring neclear knowledge via billy's need for capital and selling out America.

    September 24, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  12. C. E. Nelson

    A majority of these comments are very telling....all liberal, some trying to pretend to be disgruntled cute! The statements here are so junvenile ..right out of the liberal medias one liners on the nightly news.
    I support the President and I am from the wonderful state of Arkansas!! Many will be in shock on election day when the tally ends up showing the red states have won AGAIN! It matters not who runs against Hillary Rodham....she will not in my home state no self respecting man with a family or relatives or friends who have served in the military now OR in the past will stoop to voting for 'Rodham' (that is what she went by in Ark until the local Dem. party leaders told her Bill could not get elected until she started using his name!). So, keep the yucks going Donald, being the laughing stock of "fly over country" with that mop slung over your head, you must really be desperate for attention since Rosie flew out of the "View's" cuckoo nest. So easy for the uneducated, ill informed, and easily swayed people to resort to making catty remarks and show NO class when disparaging our the saying goes "One must walk a mile in someone else's shoes to really know how rough the road is...." To have the 9/11 tragedy as part of your ever waking minute concern is something none of the sad posters here today will ever have to deal with... God Bless the President and the USA.

    September 24, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  13. Tommy Birchfield, Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643



    ...."The republicans have Squandered HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF TAXPAYERS DOLLARS IN A FAR AWAY LAND, while 40 Million American's sit in "POVERTY" in this land. 48 Million go without Health Insurance in the RICHIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!

    The Republicans have Run the Country rigth into the ground, and have brought America to its KNEES!

    In conclusion, the republicans ran the War in IRaq and Afganistan, and the world got to see the "PICTURES OF TORTURE...of Abu Ghriab, Quantanomo Bay, and Barquba Iraq, they have cost America to lose the "MORAL HIGH GROUND!


    ....$200 BILLION DOLLARS!

    ....The Republicans Disasterous Record Speaks for Itself, and Its CRIMINAL what they have done to America!

    ....."True Partiotism...."HATES....
    –Clarence Darrow

    Sincerely, Tommy Birchfield, Voter,
    Vet USAF, Class 2007 East Tenn State

    ....Master's Program, ETSU...fall 2007

    September 24, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  14. CK

    Why this guy is taken seriously enough to even print as "news" is beyond me. I'm no fan of Bush, but The Combover clearly has no idea what he's talking about.

    September 24, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  15. Bill, Long Island, NY

    I guess having money gives Trump a forum to make ignorant comments. He is obviously good at what he does, however, making comments like this puts him out of his league. Hiw comments are all self-centered getting him the sound bites or headlines he craves. Donald, my advise; stick to what you know and keep your opinions to yourself. You sound foolish more ofter than not when you enter into places you don't belong.

    September 24, 2007 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  16. Mike, Sycamore IL

    The Donald should just sticking to ripping people off with his get-quick-rich real estate seminars. For some reason a lot of people listen to him and throw money at him. He is just like any other democrat. He says he wants to help people as he takes thier money and fills his pockets!

    September 24, 2007 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  17. Steve Muzio, Oakton VA

    First of all, I wish Donald Trump would go into hiding.
    Second, although we know that CNN plants anonymous stories in blogs, so that it can "report" its own staff's opinions without appearing to actually do so, I really don't think that slimy Donald Trump is sincere in his advice to President Bush or anyone else.
    Third, Trump is an idiot. A few years ago, CNN and all the other extreme leftists were bemoaning the fact that European countries were veering left and that Bush was alone in the Western world as a conservative. Now, Germany and even France (for Pete's sake!) are headed by conservative leaders. So, instead of a laughing stock, Trump, the US is admired and emulated...unlike you.

    September 24, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  18. Steve, New York NY

    George Bush has given his life over to public service and the good of his people. Donald Trump has spent his life accumulating money.

    September 24, 2007 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  19. EB

    Trump is right, Bush is WRONG!

    September 24, 2007 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  20. Michael, Little Rock, AR

    "We've gone from this tremendous power that was respected all over the world to somewhat of a laughing stock." Imagine that – going from tremendous power to a laughingstock. Coming from Donald Trump this is priceless...

    September 24, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  21. Todd Tyler, Texas

    It's official, Trumps an Idiot. He should stick with real estate and Rosie!

    September 24, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  22. John Caswell

    Trump has it wrong. We are still a tremendous power. Our power doesn't come from what people all over the world think. It comes from taking a courageous stand for what is right-helping people to be free from tyrants. Why don't you get on board and help fight for freedom? If you don't want to join Bush, how about Mia Farrow in Sudan?

    September 24, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  23. Lee, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Donald Trump is correct (for a change!) that our government is seen as a laughing stock. As an American living in the Middle East for the past 10 years I have seen the the dramatic shift in opinion of our government from 9/11 to where we are today. Bush is seen as a type of "dictator" who does what he wants without the consent of Congress or the United Nations. The next President, whether a Republican or Democrat, will have a lot of work to do mending relationships around the world.

    September 24, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  24. Eric,

    Finally, I can agree with Donald on something!

    September 24, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. Eric, Monterey, CA

    Finally, I can agree with Trump on something!

    September 24, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
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