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. James Bunt , Scottsdale, Az.

    The Donald is Jewish ( by birth, not relgion). Inasmuch as 95% of Jews do not support or even give Bush a 50-50, there is no surprise or news here,

    September 25, 2007 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  2. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    Fascinating contrast here. Donald Trump who has the world's largest inferiority complex is advising George W. Bush who has the world's largest superiority complex.

    September 25, 2007 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  3. Aman Preet Singh

    The action of white house in last 7 years has portrayed a great nation as a petty thief who made up stories to steal someone oil. Everybody made mistakes. germans elected hitler and US elected Bush. Germany suffered from Hitler disastrous policies.

    September 25, 2007 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  4. Matt, Phoenix Arizona

    I used to have great respect for Trump way before the tv show back when he wrote his books such as the art of the deal. This guys has become too aware of himself since then. He needs to learn when to shut up. I guarantee you that our dead enemies aren't laughing at us. Trump used to be a tough patriot and now he is a joke.

    September 25, 2007 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  5. Eric, Dallas, TX

    The last part of that article "....tremendous power respected all over the world to somewhat of a laughing stock" was hilariously ironic.

    I guess Trump is too busy wearing a chicken suit on SNL to notice he just described himself to a gaudy GOLDEN T.

    September 25, 2007 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  6. kellamd, milwaukee, wi

    Sorry folks. All the republican candidates can offer us is more of the same GWB BS. More war and more tax cuts for the wealthy. The whole republican platform sucks.

    September 25, 2007 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  7. Jesse S.

    Donald Trump.LOL......his opinion and comments are about as important or as listened too as the sound of a terd floating in toilet water. It seems just about a year ago he was praising BUSH and his policies. Talk about having integrity.

    September 25, 2007 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  8. JT, NY, NY

    To say that Bush is "probably" the worst president in American history is just plain silly. You can't be president during one of the greatest economic runs in the history of the U.S. and be the worst President of all time. Besides, has Trump ever heard of Jimmy Carter? Now that presidency was truly horrible!

    September 25, 2007 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  9. timber72 LA CA

    Donnie Trump's gotten WAYYYYYYYYYYYY too big for his britches. Bush, while reviled by many, is far from the worst president ever. Lord. He's not even in the Top 10! James Buchanan, anyone? The guy who couldn't keep the Union together? How 'bout Martin Van Buren? Calvin Coolidge? Herbert Hoover? Jimmy Carter?

    Please.

    Idiots who insist on running around saying Bush is "the worst president in history" don't have a clue. They just don't.

    September 25, 2007 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  10. FreedomOfInformatonAct

    Donald is spot on, bush is the "worst president ever" in U.S. history.

    Sad but true. Having a bush sighting is going to be the kiss of death for GOP candidates in 08.

    Support his policies and suffer the consequences of his crimes.

    September 25, 2007 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  11. FormerDemVoter from Illinois

    It's a self-fulfilling prophesy. Democrats continue to undercut the U.S. reputation. Democrats will do anything to get elected. How many people can we get to hate a person? Look at all of you Democrats in here– 'oh great, another person to hate Bush, isn't this great, finally more people hate him'.

    September 25, 2007 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  12. Hillary, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

    CNN certainly agrees with Trump. That's why they've made it news. And the notion that Blue states having a higher IQ than Red states is in itself ignorant. Resorting to put-downs toward those who do not think like you is a true measure of intelligence. Idiot.

    September 25, 2007 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  13. John Romano, Los Angeles, CA

    President Bush isn't Rosie O'donnell Donnie boy. What a loser Trump turned out to be. All people have a weakness for Donald Trump it's the media spotlight. He's too ugly and untalented to act or sing so he sneaked into the limelight through the back door.

    What a shame I used to be a fan, but he's just a pathetic insecure man now.

    September 25, 2007 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  14. Ann & Ross, (Vets_Husb&Wife)Sac, Ca

    President Bush should continue to do his job. PERIOD!

    I doubt my post will make it. We'll see. During the Clinton years there was an agency called "The United States Information Agency." It ended Jan 2001.

    They had an "Office of Research and Media Reaction". On August the 10th 1998 they posted worldwide reactions to the bombings of our Embassies in Africa.

    Read the different reactions to what happened, and what they thought should be done. (Amazing stuff!)

    Some didn't even like us! (Hmmmm, so it wasn't just Pres. Bush after all!)

    This was PRE- President Bush after all!

    The common theme was that something had to be done about Terrorism. Muslim fundamentalists, radical Islam.

    Read it if you really want to know the truth!

    Quit supporting TERRORISTS and start supporting the UNITED STATES, our troops and this honorable man President Bush, whose stayed the course for good reason.

    September 25, 2007 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  15. Theo, (from literate) San Francisco CA

    "When Monica was in the whitehouse we were the joke of the world, feared by none?" The only people laughing were immature Republicans who couldn't hink of anything better to focus on (Like Al Qaida) If the same situation had come up in any other civilized country, they would've politely changed the subject back to running the government.

    Giggling about dubious sexual exploits when more important issues need to be addressed is something best left to the high school boys' locker room. Allowing a mindless narcissist to win the White House not once but TWICE?

    Welcome to The 21st Century, U.S.A., international fodder. And anyone who questions whether W. will go down in history as the worst President America has ever suffered through simply hasn't been paying attention.

    It's time to start paying attention, and if it take The Donald to get you Bushie's out of your coma, I'll take his comb-over over your coma ant day of the week.

    September 25, 2007 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  16. CR McMahon Butte, MT

    Too bad Trump is a political idiot. This is a ridiculous statement. Any sane person knows that when we have a Republican President our country is safe. Otherwise Bush would have never made a second term. Trump needs to go back to what he does best, and that is fueding with the likes of pigs. He knows what I mean. Nice try though. The smart people of this country will put the right person in the Presidential seat.

    September 25, 2007 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  17. Wayne, Orange Park FL

    <-- Not a big Donald fan but he is dead on. Bush should be held for war crimes muchless be President of the United States.

    I just hope that the American people have woken-up out of there stupor that got this moron elected.

    September 25, 2007 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  18. Stephen, Naples, Florida

    Never mind Donald Trump, I am waiting to hear who Homer Simpson will endorse for President. He brings fresh insights to the issues of immigration, green energy and the problems of raising a family while working for an evil capitalist so typical of the energy czars who have flourished through the Bush years. Come on CNN, tell us who Homer has endorsed.

    September 25, 2007 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  19. Rusty Ford, endicott ny

    Maybe Bush can hide under Donald Trumps toupe`.....

    September 25, 2007 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  20. Larry R Wendell Jr, Kansas City, Missouri

    As typical style of Donald Trump, whose been in a slump, now wants to dump, why don't he do us a favor, and shut the heck up! Hey, Trump, you bum, why don't you do what you do best, beat your gums someplace else, who asked for your 2 cents.

    September 25, 2007 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Who is he??? Why does it even matter what Donald says? Why does CNN even waste our time with this jerk who only wants to be in front of cameras? – CNN should let him stay with the tabloids!!!!

    September 25, 2007 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  22. Renee Perth Australia

    Funny, one idiot gives opinion about another idiot, fact is they both idiots.

    September 25, 2007 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  23. Nick Fiorita, Verona, NJ

    Can anyone take seriously any comment made by a spoiled filthy rich attention grabbing egomaniac who was last heard from while arguing with Rosie O'Donnell? I think not. If anyone should shut his mouth and go into hiding it is Donald Trump.

    September 25, 2007 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  24. Randall, Eatonton, Georgia

    Donald should go and hide--OH!--and don't forget your hair!

    September 25, 2007 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  25. Brad Jones, Columbus, Oh

    Arguing about Trump is NOT what should be the discussion here. The direction of topic should be on what he said. Isn't it time all true Republicans quit backing this President and admit he will go down in history as maybe the worst ever. This countries direction is terrible because of this administration in every way possible. No one is to blame more than Bush. I say again, Isn't it time for the true Republicans to admit this and find a way to move on?

    September 25, 2007 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
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