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."

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  1. KP, Cleveland, Ohio

    Donald should heed the words of Theodore Roosevelt-1910, titled The Man in the Arena:
    “It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out
    how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could
    have done them better.

    The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena;
    whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
    who strives valiantly… who knows the great enthusiasms, the great
    devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows
    in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, at
    least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those
    cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”
    This describes Bush, certainly not the Donald.

    September 25, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. p. rogers - baltimore

    Donald is a very ignorant of the fact that many countries depend on us and look upon us. Many of us don't give a damn about how Iran, Syria, France, Germany, and other heavily muslim populated countries feel about us. If you don't like the US Don – move.

    September 25, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Susan I, Jerseyville, IL

    It's been stated over and over. "Bush ruined our country" Would someone please tell me how. How do you have it so bad. What has changed in your life that constitutes in your making that statement. My life is no different than it was 7 years ago. In fact it's better. Stop blaming Bush on everything that happens in your lives. Take some responsibility for your own problems. Stop mimicing the liberal news talking points. It's really getting old and tired.

    September 25, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Christine Lincoln Nebraska

    Donald Trump is a fool like many, he says the United States was so powerful and beloved before Iraq, yeah right, wonder what they all thought of us before 9/11!! Heads in the sands is why we were hit so bad that day, full of ourselves before the towers, the only thing Iraq war did was prove to us who our real friends are!

    September 25, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Richard Mnning, Mountaintop, PA

    Most of these “comments” are the ravings of KOOKs (especially Tommy Birchfield) who populate CNN, and have no clue as to what is going on in the American Government, Politics or anything else. First, to those (including that absolute idiot, Trump) who believe that President Bush is the worst president we have ever had, lest us note that:

    –On the day the big bomb fell on Baghdad, Lybia made the call to Washington that it wanted out of the nuclear party, and turned in their weapons. How many Presidents obtained such a concession? May some of you jerks had forgotten that one.

    –All the countries which the KOOK liberal believe hate the US because of Bush, are quite happy with his surveillance of terrorists and have joined with him, and some great results have followed. That includes some Islamic countries.

    –During the Clinton administration, the World Trade Center was attacked by al Quada (a trial run, which proved that a much larger explosion was needed to drop the buildings); no meaningful response from the US.

    –During the Clinton administration, two American Embassy buildings in Africa were bombed by al Quada with heavy explosives, killing hundreds of workers; no meaningful response from the US.

    – During the Clinton administration, the Sudan offered Bin Laden to the US, Clinton declined to act.

    –During the Clinton administration, the USS Cole was attacked by al Quada in the harbor in Yemen, killing and wounding a number of US sailors; no meaningful response from the US.

    –During the Clinton administration, the Dravidians at Waco were attacked without provocation by the FBI under orders from Atty. Gen. Janet Reno and dozens of adults and small children were burned to death.

    Would you idiots have President Bush follow the lead of Bubba and do nothing about 9/11???

    Do you idiots realize the Clinton administration declared that it was the stated policy of the US Government to remove Saddam from power, because of his possession of WMD; the Congress authorized the President to remove Saddam.(Do not come up with the excuse that the Dems who voted for that action didn’t read the intelligence; it was available) .

    Now to Trump, if he had not inherited a lot of NYC real estate, he would probably be tending bar in some gin mill. He has been living on the Banks for years; he owes them so much, they cannot let him fail, or they go down with him. He is currently hustling a “get rich” scheme on the radio in our area (NEPA) ; does any really wealthy person do such a silly and demeaning thing?

    September 25, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    Someone stated that their life is no different than 7 years ago. It's understandable because they apparently didn't lose a loved one among the 3,800 soldiers dead in the nation that had nothing to do with 9/11. They apparently didn't have a love one wounded among 28,000 injured. They apparently don't travel abroad to see how we have gone from having the sympathy of most of the world on 9/11 and now our president is met by record protests in friendly democratic nations like England, Canada, Australia, etc. They also apparently have made no sacrifices economically because the humongous debts run up by Bush will be paid by future generations. Yes, things are running just as smoothly as when Bill Clinton was president.

    September 25, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. adam, greenwood Indiana

    Donald should go into hiding and stay out of politics. Trump is a laughing stock.

    September 25, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Ken, Centreville, Virginia

    Donald Who? The pretend mogul? This is "news"?

    September 25, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. George, New York, NY

    Anyone with hair like Trump's should run and hide too. What an IDIOT!

    September 25, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. paul

    bush could have taken the clinton route and did nothing after the worst attack in american history!! and the 'world' would have really loved us!! dont you love how people value the 'world'?? who exactly should we want the love of?? russia china saudia arabia iran lebannon syrya germany france???

    September 25, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Susan I, Jerseyville, IL

    Richard, it was I who said that my life hadn't changed because of President Bush. No, I didn't lose a loved one on 9/11, but Bush wasn't responsible for that anyway, Clinton was, for not doing anything about Bin laden while he was in office. No, I don't have any family members who have served, all are older and served in other wars. No, I don't travel abroad, no intention to, i love it here. And those people are unfriendly, because they see our own people bashing their own president for trying to protect us. How ridiculous. I am working part time right now and on a very low income. NOT because of this president, but because of the president of a credit union, who decided to replace me with his girlfriend. Sounds like a clintonian moment, huh?
    I'm just saying, stop all the Bush bashing and start taking back the pride in our country. Bush didn't lose that for us, you lost it yourself. The constant bashing and hate from Americans makes us look bad to other countries, not Bush. It's time for all you Bush bashers/haters to start taking some of the blame for how we are perceived instead of shoving it off on him, just because it is easier.

    September 25, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Bob, Ardmore, OK

    Trump is a rich kid with whom I can only agree when he is debating Rosie. He knows little more about politics than Rosie.

    September 25, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    Susan,
    Yes Bush is responsible. He sent 3,800 soldiers to die, not looking for bin Laden, but into a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. If other nations disliked us for bashing our president, then how do you explain that Clinton was terribly bashed here and yet is considered a very popular, beloved and respected statesman in those countries?

    Bill Clinton tried to kill bin Laden. George Bush had already been in office for 8 months when 9/11 happened on his shift. George Tenet testified to Congress later that he hadn't been in touch with Bush for the month before 9/11 because Bush was already on vacation in Texas. Bush had shots at bin Laden at Bora Bora and didn't do it and Rumsfeld later canceled another mission already in flight to kill bin Laden. Five months after 9/11 Bush said "I repeat, I am not that concerned about bin Laden". He later falsely claimed he didn't say it.

    We complain about Bush because of what he has done to our great country. We love our soldiers and want them safe instead of in a civil war. Our military estimates that 90% of the deaths in Iraq are due to civil strife and not the war on terrorism.

    Those who support the war should be willing to sacrifice economically like has always happened before. Passing all our debt onto future generations is immoral.

    September 25, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. John ryan

    Hey Max of Dunnellon, Fl,

    He did not expose any "agent", valerie Plame was a known CIA beauracrat (her neighbors knew it so how is it a "secret"...she was not a CIA officer and she would not have the balls to be CI. She was too pretty and slept her way into her position, typical power hungry washington bimbo...No reason for treason. Joe Wilson was incompetent and Valerie was the same....Looosers.

    September 25, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. J. C. Morford, Williamsburg, VA

    Trump proves time and time again that money does not equate to class or even intelligence.

    A man married as many times as Trump should stick to getting his own life under control rather than advise others.

    Apparently he and Rosie are really cut form the same cloth.

    Trump is like the "Boy orator from the Platt – an inch deep but a mile wide at the mouth."

    September 25, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. KW

    I wish Bush could run again.. He's probably the best Presdient this nation has seen in DECADES!

    September 25, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. MB L.A. Calif

    hill can't win...

    senators don't win presidential elections....not for decades.

    September 25, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Derek, Olathe, KS

    Sounds like a lot of people commenting here have Bush Derangement Syndrome. I'm not going to attack anybody on here because it would be pointless, for those that have BDS, they will not agree with me no matter what I say or how many facts I bring up.
    I am proud to be in the best country in the world. The same country that has given more blood for freedom than any other country on this planet combined!

    September 25, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. r schier norwalk,ct

    I'm by no means a Trump fan, however
    I'm totally convinced the future of this country is hopelessly doomed, judging from the ignorance and lack of attention to so many ills brought on by the moron-neocons who seized control of our well being and have:

    – swelled our national debt to a level
    where our childrens' grandchildren will have yet to climb out of

    – exported our work, because 8 digit exec salaries were no longer good enough for anyone

    – initiated a pre-emptive and pre-meditated (as in PNAC) war that continues to deplete our resources,as well as our sanity (our foreign policy
    is entirely driven by Israel)

    – swelled our trade deficit to the point it's a challenge to keep track of…just wait until our credits no
    longer any good, as we have no real
    manufacturing base of our own left..suppose we'll all just return to self-suffiency

    – continue to shower tax breaks on the
    ultra-wealthy…don't you know hedge fund moguls only pay 15%, while those who are wiping up cr*p in nursing homes, are paying full rate?

    – would rather continue to squander recources to ensure big oil profits, instead of investing in and accelerating work on alternative technologies that will maintain the inhabitability of the planet

    – total absence of any intelligent future planning in terms of how future
    economies will work within the confines of shrinking resources, over-population, environmental damage etc etc.

    And to put the tin lid on it, I see names like Fred Thompson thrown about
    within what appears to be serious discussion….all a laughing stock indeed !!

    September 25, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Todd Peterson, Oklahoma City, OK

    Wow – A guy who has made billions by being a failure in half the things he does, seems to think he knows how to run the country? The fact of the matter Donald, is the CLINTON's made us the laughingstock of the world and Bush has been trying to reverse that. Holding hands and singing Kum By Yah does not always work. Giving away free money and doing what they ask does NOT WORK. Our "current" enemy only knows fear, and a bully we must be – such is the price of freedom.

    To think the blue states have a higher IQ is dead wrong. Anyone who thinks HIGHER TAXES, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE, and MORE GOVERNMENT definitely needs to have their brain checked out. We built this country to escape taxes, not create more. Go back and read your history!

    September 25, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. David H Bentonville AR

    Posted By Susan I, Jerseyville, IL : September 25, 2007 3:29 pm

    Susan, God Bless you! You say it with pride and I comend you for that.

    I would like to say this. I was a Marine as well and severed with the %th Marines out of Camp Pendelton. I have read many that have either been Marines or they are currently. I don't have any clue where you went to boot camp but the must have forgotten to teach you Honor and Respect. On for your Country and secound for your President. As a Marine you do not have the liberty to question. Not the President nor your recruiter twisted your arm to serve this Great Country. You did that yourself and should have left out of any comment you had to say here that you served for such a Service as the Marines. I stood toe to toe with some of the finest men and of them all not many were happy to be over there but they were damn proud to serve and did it with out crying about it. I am ashamed to have any Military man here speak out about it when of all people you should know that the men you served with, and did not come home, you are a disgrace to them.

    Second... Someone said the Iraqies are worse off now then they were then. I would like to know where you got your information from. I served both in the First Desert Storm and I have served in this War. During the first one in 1990 for those of you commenting that were two young to know what year it was. There were towns that did not have electricity at all much less have water. the only ones that did were Saddams people and they were lucky to have it. Today after about 4 yrs of working by the many Americans over there trying to make it a better place than it WAS. Those towns now have utilities. Both electric and water. Yes you are correct they have it sparingly and that is to make sure that all are able to have some and not just one or two town having it all. I bet they like having what they got.

    As for the number that was lost during 911. We have not passed the number lost on that day in over 4ys of fighting in Iraq. You are mistaken and it goes to show that you do not check your stat's. Alone in the Towers we lost a little over 2900, and on the planes another 400 and then you have the Pentagon. that is in one day. You do the math. We will have to be there a lot longer than 4yrs to get to that average and if that day ever comes it will require you TRUMP lovers to quite your crying over the fact that the Iraqies have to pay 9 cents per gallon of gas V 4 cents per gallon, and pick up a fight to defend the very country that you spit on. I hope that the brave men and women and their families are the only ones that have to bare that burden.

    God Bless the United States and who ever has the Strength to lead her, be it Republican or Democrat.

    September 25, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. David H Bentonville AR

    PS that was 5th Marines

    September 25, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Jeff in Miami Beach

    History is going to be good to Bush it was on Reagan. Though Bush is no Ronny he has been right on most issues except immigration. He did the one thing that makes a great president, placed US interests ahead of the world popularity contest!

    September 25, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Katherine, Albany NY

    Want some really reliable advice? Whenever two such moral and intellectual icons as Rosie O'D. and Donny Trump join voices against anyone, its a good bet right-thinking people should enthusiastically embrace the target of their tirades, in this case, President Bush (who has greater moral resolve in his nail clippings than the two of them combined!)

    September 25, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. Dennis, Panama, Republic of Panama

    Since when has Donald Trump become such an authority on world and other affairs ... to the point that Mr. Blitzer would want to feature largely boring interview highlights with him over a two day period?! Can't CNN focus instead on talking to others with more experience and savvy, instead of taking this easier – and perhaps more glamorous – alternative?

    September 25, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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