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. Bible Bob, Wichita KS

    What a farce...someone needs to tell Trump, "You're fired!"
    And as for David from Boston, I would say you are the one who needs a visit from the clue-bird. I don't know if it's more funny or pathetic that you say the blue states, to include your state, have a higher average IQ when you can't even spell "Democratic," and mis-spell "new" (should be knew)!!
    Oh, and if you're going to throw out blue state stats, why is it those same blue states tend to lead the nation in crime, homelessness and poverty?
    Nonetheless, Trump needs to go back in the board room and stay in hiding himself!

    September 24, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. ryan Indianapolis In

    Donald Trump is irrelavant,,what a loser that guy is. I use kinda like him but who is he to think he can talk to a sitting president like that..I wish Bush throw him into Hiding for like 7-10yrs

    September 24, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Eric Henley, Mechanicsville, Va

    I must agree with him, to a certain point. There is one Republican candidate who stands head and shoulders above the rest, and I say this having believed they were on the wrong track most of my thirty years. Dr. Ron Paul has been accused of running on the wrong ticket, and for good reason! Please get the word out: There is hope for America! Thank you.

    September 24, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Chad, Atlanta, Georgia

    I used to have so much respect for Donald Trump. I bought every book that he wrote, even when I was little. Now, I am embarassed to have them on my book shelf. The whole Rosie bit, and now Bush? Come on? Is it really necessary, when you have the stature that he does, to fight playground battles with someone like Rosie O'donnel?

    I wish that I had kept the receipts from his books. Grow up Mr. Trump.

    September 24, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Rod Wendel, Seattle, WA

    By Bush's hiding as per Donald's suggestion, if its going benefit Guliani, Donald is under illusion. Hillary or Obama will crush any of the republican candidates in the debate. We need Guliani to win his primary and Donald to campaign for him.

    September 24, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    What made Trump's opinion relevant? Here is a guy that trumpets his accomplishments while concurrently dumping his casino's into bankruptcy and is unable to sell-out his Chicago development, despite screwing his "friends and families" investors – not such a brillant businessman despite his protestations otherwise.

    September 24, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. harry jersey city nj

    Oh Really thats wat you think Mr Trump? i think its not a money making business to be elected as a president

    September 24, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. EB

    Bush never listens to anything but the little voices in his head.

    Donald is correct, though.

    September 24, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Rob, New York

    Instead of bashing the donald people should address the issues. Yes the guy has 0 credibility, so what? Character assassination doesn't address the issues of the day. Bush and the GOP are a sinking ship and the only thing that can save them is a sensational event.... 9/11 anyone? I mean that is Rudy's entire campaign isn't it?

    September 24, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. DemotardsFTL, chicao il

    When has trump been right about anything? Rosey wasn't to far off when she said everything he does ends up in bankrupcy.

    If anyone one on CNN, or the demo party had a clue CNN would be beating FOx in ratings, and the Demo's would have a higher rating then 8 or something. Bush 36?

    Not sure why the demotards think they have the pulse of america when all the facts show they are clueless. Like the all red election board save 3-4 blue states. hmmmm what does that mean? more Americans like republicans, bush, and the war? What do you know the majority voted for bush war, no taxes!

    So like live with it and vote next time, other wise whine to your moma.

    September 24, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. no fan of Donald

    Ridiculous..The lemon-sucker face has not been in the press, so he is making up another story..he just needs press, to make his alter ego bigger...

    Hey Donald...go suck another lemon!

    September 24, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. RF, Hillsborough, NJ

    Not only is Bush a liability to the Republican Party, he's a liability to the USA. I can't wait for his 8 years to be over.

    September 24, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. Claudel, Nashville, TN

    Bush is the reason I am no longer a Republican.

    September 24, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. David, Gilbert Arizona

    It really doesn't matter who makes the statement that Bush is a liability to any republican candidate. The statement is true, it just happens to have come out of the mouth of Trump.

    Why CNN feels that Trump's views on anything is news worth boggles my mind. Blitzer's interview of Trump is not going to be a ratings boom. He might as well have interviewed Rosie. Both people are irrelevant.

    September 24, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Geazer, Minneapolis

    Why does anyone think that George W. Bush gives half a damn about who is elected president? His entire life has been about nothing but "me, Me, ME!" and now that he's succeeded in screwing up the biggest baseball team of them all, he's just going to bask in his own imagined glory and the adoration of those who are foolish enough to think he should be sanctified! It's all about him! The rest of us, including the next president, just do not matter to him.

    September 24, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. J E Sargent Jacksonville, FL

    I don't think "hiding" would help the Republicans in the next presidential election. There's no way that Bush can hide the huge mess that he's made and the taxpayer's money that he has squandered.

    September 24, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Randy, DC

    Trump is an idiot. Rosie O'Donnell could kick his butt.

    September 24, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Michael, Nyack, NY

    Trump is a clown–you can see the eyepiece marks where his fake tan ends around his eyes–and he got his pants pulled down pretty well the last time he ran (though I'm sure Gary Trudeau would be grateful if he did again–such easy material). But the man knows how to market himself, and he knows a PR liability when he sees one. That's why he feels free going after little Georgie.

    September 24, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. paul, ft bragg, nc

    Are you kidding me...Donald Trump giving political advice...is like him giving marriage advice...once she turns thirty trade her in...The Donald had trouble with his own companies for awhile until I believe someone else had to help (bankruptcy)...or he wrote a book and or created a reality show...give me a break and give the president some credit...if the democrats cannot win this one they never will...

    September 24, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Peggy Sue, Eastern, Iowa

    Donald Trump is a joke. He is a self promoting hideous loser. I can't stomach even watching him let alone listening to any advice or comments on current public affairs. He needs to go hide in his "GAWD" awful penthouse that he is so proud of....

    September 24, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Jed Boulder, Colorado

    Hell yea Trump! Finally going after worthy prey, and no one is more deserving of high level criticism than the Carlyle Group, I mean the Bush Administration.

    September 24, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Cindy Faircloth Newton, Ia

    I admire Donald Trump for his business savvy, but for all of that he is a most inarticulate speaker, he should either keep his mouth shut or hire a speaking coach!!! Stick to business!!!!

    September 24, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. Robert Maz, Virginia Beach VA

    Donald Trump is a loser, nothing he has to say about current society is relevant or worth listening to. His biggest asset is his really bad hair. He doesn't have a clue, which is illustrated through his arguments with a failed actress as his biggest opponent. He is a pathetic washed up man who needs to just go back to being a quiet failure of a businessman, as no real businessman woud be caught dead in anything remotely like that stupid TV show.... DO us all a favor and fire yourself from public speaking. You aren't liked, you aren't revered, you are barely even tolerated.

    September 24, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Jon, Dallas, TX

    Donald who? Seriously, is this guy still yapping his trap? Take your own advice, fellow.

    September 24, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Dean, Alexandria, VA

    I am not a big Trump fan, but the man has hit the nail on the head with this advice. The funny part about it is that the Republicans can't see the trees through the forest and will lose the 2008 presidential election for the same reasons they lost the House and Senate, STUPIDITY!

    So be it. I hope we don't see another Republican lead congress. They will be lost in the desert for another 40 years as in 1954-1994. America's best years.

    September 24, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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