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. jambi, nyc,ny

    To equal this, now we can ask Rosie too who will get nomination, unfortunatly this country know who is everybody by now, only a fool....

    September 25, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Dan Amend Tarpon Springs FL

    Hide? So too ought you, dear Donald. Your constant commentary on everything from Rosie to George is as equally wearisome as is the Iraq war.

    September 25, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Jeff, Saugerties, NY

    Mr Trump: you may know a lot about marketing yourself and your companies, but I'd LOVE to see you handle REAL world problems that involve people you can't order around like you own them, and can't make flippant decisions about based on your ego's need to control others. Like most libs, you are great at shooting arrows from the dark at the adults making the important decisions, and have no alternate solutions to the very complex problems those adults face. I don't think you could even handle a Mayorship let alone the Presidency. Stick to what you know best: promoting yourself. Oh, and stop putting off the inevitable – just shave your head.

    September 25, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Damian Delaney, Teaneck, NJ

    I am a Republican from perhaps the bluest state in the union, and I travel all over the eastern region of this country, north and south. If anyone from a blue state thinks that they are generally intellectually superior to our friends in the south, they really need to do a little traveling. As for Republican chances in 2008, I think the GOP has at least 4 or 5 superior choices. The Democrats have a truely lackluster field of candidates, all cowtowing to party extremists. It's going to be extremely tough getting back to the middle. Abd really, how powerful can your lineup of candidates be if they cannot face questioning from the Fox News Network? (Which hosted to only meaningful debate so far.) How can they face down our enemies if Brit Hume is too much for them. I'd put my money on Rudy, Fred, Mitt, or McCain over Hillary, Barack, or Edwards in the 2008 Election. Dems are getting lulled into a sense of false security by listening to the mainstream media that they control. I can just see the tears, the hysterics, and the handwringing of the Democrats on the day after the 2008 Election. I've seen it before, it's called overconfidence, or not taking your opponent seriously.

    September 25, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Steve ,Lawrenceville Ga

    We are somewhat of a laughing stock all over the world, from idiots such as Trump and Rosie.

    September 25, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. James Byrd, Washington, DC

    Some of us knew Bush would not be a good President before he took the oath the first time around!

    September 25, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Jack Ryan, Milwaukee, Wi

    This guy is rich, so he gets attention.
    But if you met a guy with hair like his, who speaks like he does, on the street..... this drivvle would not be taken seriously.

    September 25, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. J.Crobuzon

    Get it right about Valerie Plame – her identity as a CIA agent was covert, since she met casually with contacts while 'shopping' and 'dining out' while her ambassador husband drew everyone's eyes. When she was outed, it was easy for other nations to look back and see who she met with and what information was passed. But Bush said he was shocked and that whoever did it would no longer work in the White House, and Rove moved across the street to a new office while Scooter got a pardon. If a Democratic President takes office there will be a full investigation, but until then? Ha.

    September 25, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Mike, Houston, TX

    To David Boston, MA
    You "new" Donald was a wise man, huh?... You queried "Why is it that the blue states have a higher population and generally a higher average IQ?"

    Blue states are graded on a curve.

    September 25, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. Dave, Alton, Illinois

    David from Boston
    Your comment about the blue state citizens having a higher IQ than red state citizens really cracks me up. Does everyone in the Blue states spell Knew wrong? You and Donald do have similar IQ's! However, I bet Donald can spell.

    September 25, 2007 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Dave from THE state of Texas

    I looked it up in the dictionary: under laughing stock, it has a picture of Mr. Trump.

    September 25, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    It's a waste of time to argue about the intelligence of voters by classifying states as blue or red. When the "color" of a state can be determined by as few as several hundred votes, we are making much too broad assumptions.

    After Bush's 2000 victory in the electoral college, a map was circulated that showed the country by red and blue counties. Assumably it was accurate and assumably it was created by Bush supporters. It showed that the nation was extremely red in color. While Bush supporters no doubt viewed this as a very positive thing, they overlooked what else it pointed out. Since Al Gore defeated George Bush by over one-half million votes, the map actually shows that Gore must have done extremely well in urban areas and Bush did good in rural areas. So this debate may turn into a question of rural voters versus urban voters.

    September 25, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. sanity7,New York NY

    Judging by the number of postings, I would have to say that many people care what Donald Trump says!

    September 25, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Lance Krug St Louis MO

    After being inundated with Mr. Trumps radio commercials about how to make millions of dollars like he did and hearing it for atleast 5 – 7 times a day before I leave work. I WISH SOMEONE WOULD MAKE HIM AND THAT IDIOTIC COMMERCIAL GO INTO HIDING. He's an egotistical developer and that's about it. Why should we suffer. Most people see it as a scam. Do you really think he's doing it for you? Leave Bush alone. Time will tell if he was on the mark with what he wanted to do.

    September 25, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Amused

    Blue states more people and higher IQ? Interesting: Well the Bible does say that not many will follow him(the red states I suppose represent the one's who do follow him)...and the one's that don't follow HIM will hate those that do follow him...(The blue states represent the haters of Christians).

    So I will give you 1 out of 2 here...You do have more numbers in the blue states, but what counts for an eternity, you don't have a clue...stay in the blue...

    September 25, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Frederick E Bruynell Glassboro N ew Jersey

    Hey Donald go build another hotel,and stay out of the policts thing

    September 25, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Laida Hannemann Jones, Torrance, California

    Thank you Donald Duck, oh I mean Donald Trump, for your comment. President Bush is in good company with President Lincoln and Churchhill. Good men who are the great leaders in history are vilified and never understood, due to their intellect.

    September 25, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Soultek, Los Angeles, CA

    George W. Bush is the worst President ever?

    O.K. Whatever.

    But we're the worst Americans ever as well.

    We complain about Iraq as we drive in our foreign oil dependency increasing gas-guzzlers. We blame others for the problems we help exacerbate.

    No blood oil?

    Much foreign oil IS blood oil. We're all consuming blood oil.

    Bin Laden stated, "You steal our wealth and oil at paltry prices because of your international influence and military threats. This theft is indeed the biggest theft ever witnessed by mankind in the history of the world."

    Ironically, one of the biggest increases in U.S. foreign oil dependency occurred during the Clinton/Gore Administration. Additionally, greenhouse gas emissions went up a quarter during that same period.

    That would make the Clinton / Gore years one of the worse environmental Presidencies ever. One of the worst increases in blood for oil.

    Isn't that an Inconvenient Truth?

    Ultimately, both Democrats and Republicans have, for decades, been bought by oil – as have MOST Americans. Also, lest we forget, it was a Democrat that created our contract with Saudi Arabia, not a Republican.

    Point a finger at Bush, America, but there are three fingers pointing back at YOU.

    Inevitably, it's not all Bush's fault. It was also Bill's fault. Jimmy's fault. Ronald's fault and on and on.

    Most important, it was YOUR fault. MY fault. OUR fault.

    We need to stop blaming Bush and start taking responsibility for our lives. When it comes to oil and foreign oil dependency, most of us live in glass houses.

    We, the people, need to declare war on foreign oil dependency now. We need to make better decisions as consumers. We need to make revolutionary changes – all of us.

    This is OUR country. If WE don't act, it won't really matter who becomes the next President.

    Will we act, or are we too fat, dumb and lazy?

    September 25, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Brent Welke, Chowchilla, Cal

    Donald is right. The respondent who said that the Christian Right would knee jerk support the Republians is wrong. I was part of the Regent from 2002 until April. It is one of the great strongholds of the right, Between August 2006 and April 2007, when I left, opposition to Bush probably increased from 5% to 25%, with his vocal backers becoming silent. This is like Boss Daley's family voting Republican. Bush and Cheney are not man enough to resign and will doom GOP candidates who don't publicaly disavow him in 2008.

    September 25, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. A.D. Franklin, Dallas Georgia

    Finally someone says what we all have been wanting Bush and his affiliates to know. I say Donald Trump for President! I was so pleased with the Trump segement. I loved it! It was unrehearsed and truthful on every end. Thumbs up to CNN for the thought and to Donald Trump I say thank you( I couldn't have said it better)The Bush administration has made a total mess of everything they touched. I wouldn't want to have to clean up this mess he's gotten us into, good luck to the next nominee your work is truly cut out for you. Mr. Trump called it as so many of us obviously see it(mess)now. He called everyone out from the President right down to non-negoitiating Condi.
    My hat goes off to you.

    September 25, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Heem, Philadelphia PA

    First Off, As US Marine who served in iraq etc etc,. Whatever, I agree with one thing, Bush and his entire admin ruined this country. And if you don't believe that – then you should hop on a plane and leave America. I agree with Donald and just becuase he's in the entertainment industry don't call him dumb. He has more money then most of us on here. Thats damn ignorant. Typical uneducated comments. I support is statements and I am sure man marines and soldiers who served would also.

    September 25, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Linda - Albany, NY

    First, how do you know we're "all liberal, some trying to pretend to be disgruntled Repubs"? Statements such as that are as ignorant as following the President blindly or voting simply based on a candidates affiliation rather than the facts – just as you seem to be doing, Sir.

    And speaking of "ill informed," the same can be said of our President. The statement you decided to enlighten us with, "One must walk a mile in someone else's shoes to really know how rough the road is...", really made it's mark. I suppose the President should've actually served in Vietnam if he truly wanted to understand the situation he sent our soldiers into.

    September 25, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. cj, greenville, nc

    Just because you have some bank doesn't mean I care what you have to say. Stop giving this tool press/tv time. Please.

    September 25, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Heem, Philadelphia PA

    Any Bush – Cheney supporter is blinded by ignorance and couldn't comprehend the fact that this adminstration destroyed the very fabric of what America truly stands for. As a US Marine for 7 yrs now, I am ashamed to have been Iraq for these fools. They put our lives in danger becuase of oil and lies. I am disgusted. For all of you commenting, Donald is correct regardless of what you say. Typical comments from rednecks and people from Texas. Most of you in support of this presidency are uneducated. Thats why Bush loves you and lives around you. Thats why he was voted twice, we never wake up!! Until its to late!!

    September 25, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    We should never disgrace the achievements of Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill by including the name of George W. Bush in any sentence with their names. You can be certain that if either Lincoln or Churchill had been the American president at the time, they never would have read "The Pet Goat" while hundreds died in our cities or played air guitar while people drowned in New Orleans.

    September 25, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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