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. Nike Stewart Del Mar, CA

    Mr. Trump, in stead of telling Mr. Bush what to do I would suggest you contact him and offer your services as THE NEW SECREATARY OF STATE. Look at all the good that you could do in making deals or laying the ground work for the next administration. This adminstration should all go into hiding. Not just the President. Remember it is easy to criticize, you are better than that. I have faith in you.

    September 25, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Joe, New York and NY

    Tell him Trump.....Bush you're fired!

    September 25, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Ray Tampa, Fl

    How could this loser make such a comment. He has failed at every thing he's tried to do. Marriage, building and trades, casion mgt, TV programs that suck. He can't even get a decent hair style. What a loser making comments like this what a shame.

    September 25, 2007 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. roger, conway sc

    It does not matter what you think of Donald Trump...or it your a democrat, republican or independant...he is right on the money in the interview with Blitzer...he does not put his support behind a candidate he just predicts...he says just what most reasonable americans think who don't have their heads buried in the right wing, christian, conservative, hypocritical, holier than thou SAND...

    September 25, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. pl. at the UN for a while.

    CNN, it's time to pull this one.

    September 25, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Russell M. Philadelphia PA

    Having traveled extensively in Europe and the former Soviet Republics, I can agree with Mr. Trump that most of the world thinks of us as power-crazed expansionists led by a clueless madman. Business people overseas cannot understand how the citizens of our country could have been foolish enough to let ourselves be led about like cattle, permitted the relinquishment of our civil freedoms and anonymity, and drive ourselves into insurmountable national debt fighting wars for others while our country is riddled with crime, poverty, and crumbling infrastructure. Perhaps that is why a US dolar is now only woth 65 Euros and one Canadian Loonie.

    September 25, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. 1sxytoy, Washington DC

    I dont like the man nor do I care for the man... To me, it's just another person's political and PERSONAL view being expressed on TV, too bad for most of us we could just do it right here,however, I agree with Mr Trump... I dont think Freedom of Speech has been suppress in this country yet, is it??? Go Hillary !!!

    September 25, 2007 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  8. Unimpressed, New Haven, CT

    This coming from a person, who in the grander scheme of things, is totally irrelevant. Donald, just go do whatever it is that you do and leave the more important and weightier issues for the adults to ponder.

    September 25, 2007 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. Rick D. , Houston TX

    Trump needs to stay at what he does best, shameless self-promotion for a buck...

    Oh yeah, he is, and I am responding to him. Brilliant in a cheesy kind of way.

    Sort of like Penn or Spacey going to visit Chavez, totally self important and misguided.

    September 25, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Lynn DeArmond Berne, Indiana

    No matter how one may feel about President Bush's job performance, it's a sad state of affairs when we give any credence to the opinion of a character like Donald Trump. One can certainly make a case for him being grouped with the Brittany Spears, Lindsay Lohans, and Michael Moores of the world.

    September 25, 2007 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. BLS Tulsa OK

    Bush the worst? Sorry, that title will always be held by one James Earl Carter. Trump is smart, but really just a con man. He may be a billionaire, but is hardly self made. His father gave him a BIG leg up.

    September 25, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Chris, Vicksburg, MS

    Apparently David from the “Blue State” isn’t part of the higher average IQ group! Learn to spell!! Its Democratic not Demicratic party. You might also want to check on the definition of “new” and its proper use in a sentence. That’s a bold statement of intelligence when you can’t even spell or use basic words in a sentence.
    –From a Red States.

    September 25, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. Jerry Trenton New Jersey

    Why does anyone care what Donald Trump says. Everyone talks about what a brilliant businessman he is...I could have been a brilliant businessman if my dad had left me with thousands of square feet of New York office space. It ain't that difficult to make money when 400 to 600 million is given to you in one lump sum

    September 25, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Ted Doke Huntsville, AL

    Mr Trump has had his chance to run for President! Please tell me who would want a male Rosie Odonell, as President.

    September 25, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Rudolph J. Girandola, Allentown, New Jersey

    Mr. Trump "yahoos" while counting his millions living under a President Bush who made it possible for him to make millions. Some guys never learn because their egoes are always bigger than their brains. Have fun, Donald, watching George help the GOP win in 2008. Rudolph J. Girandola, Author: The Jade Chalice.

    September 25, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. Tom Horne, Spokane Wa.

    The hair, trophy wives and girlfriends, pompus demeaner, his vacuous obsequious children, all shown to us on TV adnausium. Trump this, Trump that. Is he admired or is he an amusing characature of a rich out of touch dork? For me it is the latter. He may know something about the price New York real estate but he knows little of value about this country or its place in the world. He does provide a good bad example of how to behave in public.

    September 25, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. F. Overman, Iowa City, IA

    There are times that Donald Trump makes Ted Turner look coherent. Who cares what he thinks about national politics? What are his qualifications? Why do the media keep dragging these idiots in front of us? I can't wait to see what other notable intellectual like Lindsey Lohan thinks.
    Why watch CNN when you have People magazine as its intellectual equal?

    September 25, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. Paul Bellevue WA

    Arguably the best economy ever (obvious), longest period in 20 years without terrorist attacks (obvious), school scores near 40 year high (Dept of Ed), violent crimes at a 40 year low (FBI report), teen pregnancies at a 40 year low (Dept of Health and Human Services), deficit as a per capita of GNP lower than Clinton (see Wiki) and finally someone getting the hard job done. No one likes us why? We are not letting others get away with the same old you know what like they did before this admin. Maybe Don realizes that being in w/ Hollyweird requires this rhetoric. Made him a lot of money.

    September 25, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Jim Parker, Salem, VA

    Again, The Donald is wrong. He doesn't even understand the oath the President took and that is the duty to Protect the people of the United States and the Constitution. When celebs open their mouths everyone thanks they have a degree of knowledge on the duties of the office. He is as intelligent as Cher is on the subject. This is why you don't elect people who have TV shows. The Donald knows business, but not the office of the President. Keep your day job.

    September 25, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    "The President has made lots of good decisions related to the war" and the main problem is that Bush "is completely incapable of communicating those ideas to the nation."

    We have invaded a country that had nothing to do with 9-11 and now has made it easier for al Qaeda to operate there. Over 4 million Iraqis have left their homes. Services such as electricity are greatly diminished. Even gasoline for citizens there has gone up over 30 times what it was. An estimated 90% of the killings are due to civil war. Experts say that Iraqis have little interest in uniting as shown by their leaders recent month-long vacations. We have lost more lives there than in 9-11 and generated the eventual SEVEN largest deficits in our nation's history. And Bush has made good decisions and this is just a communication problem? Get real.

    September 25, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. Larry,Chicago,Ill

    The Donald has it right , Bush is the worst president we have ever had.

    September 25, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Nancy B. Krupp, Millbrook, NY USA

    I thank God every day for Bush. If it weren't for Bush, we would have had Gore or Kerry, and nothing could be worse than that!

    September 25, 2007 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. Bonnie Munao, Washington Island, WI

    Stick with what you know........real estate over-development.

    September 25, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Phillip Lewiston, ID

    I am so tired of seeing these Hollywood or rich people speak as if they know what is best for the nation. They all speak with such arrogance, and they do not speak for normal people like myself. If Hollywood ran our country, where would we be today? Scarey isn't it?

    September 25, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. dennis lynch, green valley az

    He can hide under Trumps HAIR.

    September 25, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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