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. Rosie

    Donald has been sniffing to much hair spray, once again he has no idea what is going on.

    Thank goodness Bush is in office and not Donald. Let him go bankrupt another company instead of allowing terrorists control the world.

    September 25, 2007 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. Aker Lutz florida

    Good for you Donald ! Its about time
    people with position start speaking up!
    He should go into hiding. I will speak
    up too, go into hiding and hopefully we
    elect another president to clean up the
    mess you put us in.

    September 25, 2007 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  3. Louise, long Island N.Y.

    Donald go away. who care what you think. go dye your hair and a decent haircut would help as well.

    September 25, 2007 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Mickey Brantley Sellersburg, In

    Don's worried about what the rest of the world thinks of the U.S. Just look at the U.N. and see that the rest of the world doesn't matter. The media in this country has damned Bush for doings what is right. All Americans will pay for that soon enough.

    September 25, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. Chris Calabucci, Jacksonville, Florida

    "Laughing stock"? Look who's talking. President Bush is leading the world in the war against islamic terrorism. "The Donald" couldn't even beat Rosie O'Donnell!

    September 25, 2007 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  6. Gary

    Trump is a buffoon, of course.

    Whether Mr. Bush hides or not, a Republican will win the Presidency in 2008. Since Hillary Clinton will be the nominee, ANY one of the Republicans currently running...EVEN RON PAUL, will beat her.

    September 25, 2007 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. Macksfield, Grand Rapids,MI

    Of course, the idea that a President any President) has caused other countries to somehow turn against us is ridiculous.

    America bashing has nothing to do with Bush.

    "America-bashing, writes John Parker in the Asia Times, "has ascended from its former status as the preoccupation of a relative handful of Jurassic Marxists, professional victims, Third World whiners, and Islamo-fascist troglodytes to the level of a major new global religion."

    September 25, 2007 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  8. nigma,miami,fl

    Trump is right all the way. The worst president of the USA ever!

    September 25, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. J. Monty Bristow, Va

    How can he say that Bush is the worst President when we have not been attached since 9/11. Look what shape America was in at the end of Jimmy Carter's term in office. Other countries can laugh at us but we are still the greatest country on earth and one day will probably defend those who laugh at us. We also do!!!

    September 25, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. Gary

    >>>>>>>I cannot understand why Bush is not charged with treason.
    He expoxed the identity of secret agents.
    Would someone please explain to my why.

    Posted By Max, Dunnellon, Fl : September 24, 2007 2:48 pm >>>>>>>>>>

    Dear Max, Contrary to what you have heard somewhere, there was no crime committed. Valerie Plame was not a "secret agent" when her name was associated with that title. Sorry to burst your bubble there, but millions of dollars were spent to investigate that and no one was charged at all...because it never happened the way that you think it did.

    September 25, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. Ryan, Colorado Springs, CO

    I used to like Donald, now I see he is just a stuck up arrogant rich jerk...stick to business

    September 25, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  12. Willy Brown, Chesapeake, VA

    When Trump SPEAKS! Nobody listens.

    September 25, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  13. Barney from Baltimore

    A laughing stock? The United States is a laughing stock? This from a guy who went from doing huge real estate deals to silly TV shows?

    Why is anybody listening to Donald Trump?

    As for David in Boston, and the rest of his elitist buddies, why don't you guys come up with some new policy ideas. Your policies have only been right once, on Civil Rights.

    Lucky you all have such high I.Q.'s. Comes in handy for explaining away the failures. Sounds good, works bad. There must be a joke in there somewhere.

    September 25, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. Mike Fath, Burton, OH

    I do not often agree with "the Donald",but his remarks about Bush are right on. In fact, this administration, especially the pres. and VP, actually succeeded in making Caligula's reign in Rome nearly 2000 years ago look good.

    September 25, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. Josh, Grand Rapids, MI

    Let's just put the Donald and Rosie in a big rocket ship and shoot them into orbit. Talk about someone who is so far out of touch, the guys an absolute idiot!

    September 25, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  16. Tj , Detroit

    Finally! Thanks to the Donald for speaking the truth. Bush should not only go into the corner, but STAY there and SHUT UP!!! Everytime he opens his mouth, his C average stupidity comes out like a rush! For those who disagree, please wake up and stop following blindly! Don't you idiots get it? HE LIED TO YOU TOO!!!! BUSH IS THE WORST PRESIDENT IN OUR HISTORY!!! He makes Nixon look GREAT!!!!!

    September 25, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  17. David H. Bentonville AR

    First of all Donald seems to have forgottent hat we are better off today money wise than we were 8 yrs ago. He seems to forget that we have not been attacked since 911 and more than likely will not be as long as we keep the fight over there. Bush did not start this, he merely finished what all of us knew needed to be done but did not have the guts to do it. I know all of you are going to say he is a Bush lover and all that but That is not true. I do believe that Bush has made mistakes and I am sure that he knows it as well. But then again I dont think anyone here would want to have to deal with what he delt with 6 months into office with 911. I went to Iraq and served and untill you have maybe you should try this for once. What kind of message do you think we would send to any would be outsider that we are dealing with that we are all united and right or wrong we are going to stand behind the elected leader of the largest free world till the job is done or they decide we are not longer someone they want to mess with. That is what makes them so sucessfull. They stand behind there Dictator because they want to seem bigger than they are and they want to get into the minds of the people they consider to be weaker than they are. Oh and if you dont think that is true. Ask one of them, they will tell you that you are weak and they would kill you if given the chance.
    Take that Donald and enjoy the freedom that the American fighting men and women give you so that you can sit back and look like you are something. Why dont you spend a day over there chating with your friends in the street of Iraq or Afganistan. I didnt think so.

    September 25, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  18. lynne, Wantagh, N.Y

    Who the hell is Donald Trump to denigrade our great President George Bush.
    He is nothing but, a egotistical crap shooter, I do not like Rosie O Donnell, but she sure had his number. He does not like the President, because the President and his administration do not take ole Donald seriously, his moral background is questionable, we out here can't stand him appearing on your shows, and you do everything but kiss his butt.
    He is nothing but lefty speiling their tripe.
    He has a nerve, with his background he could never be President, thank Goc

    September 25, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  19. Lou, Atlanta, GA

    Yeah, that's right...I'll get my political advice from Trump. Go back to where you came from, and let the adults do their job, Donald.

    September 25, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  20. tj, detroit

    Roy Remington, come on up and get your deeedeeedeee sign. You republicans always say that you have to defeat them because they are smart and they will follow us here if we don't get them there! HELLO? ANYBODY AWAKE IN THERE? If they are so smart, wouldn't they be here when our MILITARY IS AWAY! No according to you brainiacs, they are going to wait until our SOLDIERS are back and then attack us. If this is REALLY what you believe, then GOD help us!!!! Please everybody, vote democrat not because I'm a democrat but the republicans truley don't have our best interest in mind and if they really believe what they say, then we really can't afford another retard in the whitehouse.

    September 25, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  21. Trumpess, ny, ny

    To hide is to say the last 8 years was a sham......a shell game. Surely, the republican party, or a business man with out a heart, who cant even maintain a relationship with Rosie doesnt want to give that message. Trump needs to understand that the people that voted him into to office might not like the results but believe in what is being done.

    September 25, 2007 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  22. Leona, Oxford, UK

    I am extremely impressed that someone like Donald Trump would take time off making money to actually share inciteful comments like these. I'm not being sarcastic; moguls usually have better things to do than expound to mere mortals who earn in the poverty tax brackets. Good for him!

    September 25, 2007 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  23. Lou, Atlanta, GA

    PS History will show Bush was a great president.

    September 25, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  24. Chris, Leesburg, Virginia

    In calling Bush the worst president in history, Trump seems to have conveniently forgotten Jimmy Carter.

    September 25, 2007 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  25. tj, detroit

    Dianne Underwood, Melrose, FL come on up and get your sign!!! Calling Donald an idiot is like calling Bush smart, it's just not true. One can't become one of the wealthiest people in the world by being an idiot. I take it that you didn't make the list of anyone with wealth so its easier to attack someone who has attainted it. The bottom line, Bush is an idiot. Get over it.

    September 25, 2007 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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