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. G in Los Angeles, CA

    Donald will do anything to get into the headlines...he thinks he's a rock star that needs any kind of good or bad press to sell his records....Paaallleassssssse! Take a chill pill dude. Are you jeoulous of the confused Spears?

    September 24, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. TalkingPocket

    wow, coming a little late to the party huh don?...he's just repeating what people have been saying for the last 2 years. there isn't a thinking person on earth that would put that man in the white house of any other elected position...he's just a bad joke.

    September 24, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |


    September 24, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Robert

    For once the Duck is absolutely correct in his statement.
    The Republicans with its Borrow & Spend wasteful policy; and its in-sensitive disregard for the nation treasure and blood in Iraq will doom the party into a permanent position for decades to come.
    As a joe-sixpack, if I could I would have demanded my vote back from Bush.

    September 24, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. patrick saratoga springs NY

    Donald trump is certainly entitled to an opinion as he is a citizen in The United States. He is way off base and disrespectful. he once again is thrusting himself in the spotlight. He has been a distraction and is generally out of step with the real world. maybe he should run for President. His slogan could be TRUMP IS A CHUMP!

    September 24, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. SEK

    Well, let's see! LANCE P. CORD, FT. WAYNE warned that Chelsea could be president in a few years after her mom. Let's think this over. That would be like JEB Bush running as well. If anything, Americans should break the "family affair" and find a moderate from either party that will take in the interests of the American people – not the family or friends of the family.

    September 24, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Fred Nickerson, Manitoba Canada

    Mr. Trump has an amazing grasp of the obvious!

    September 24, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Gary, Boston USA

    After the USA elected Bush.. not once, but twice.. I don't think Donald Trump's comment is all that valid. Simply put. The general US electorate aren't all too bright to begin with. All it takes is some pretty lipstick to get any 500 lb gorilla elected to the Presidency. After all, it's not the president in control. It's the zookeepers behind the scenes keeping the President in check and trained. Most of all, they make sure to clean the the Pres' cage. Otherwise, the gorilla is likely to throw certain unsanitary objects at passers by.

    September 24, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Who really cares what Donald Trump say's?? Maybe his future wife?

    September 24, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Ang, Wappinger Falls, NY

    I respect Trump for his business successes but disagree with him regarding President Bush. He's brave, he's a vet and HE WAS ELECTED!! Get over it!!

    God help us if Clinton gets in ... AGAIN....

    September 24, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. John Galt, G.G., Co.

    Would Dr. Ron Paul please come to the front?

    September 24, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    There are two places Bush could hide.

    One is in Mexico, after all, he has done more for that country than ours.

    Two, as an anchor on that fair and balanced network.

    At least in either place, he wouldn't be heard from again.

    September 24, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Roy Remington, LA, CA

    Butt out Trump!
    Enough of the Bush Bashing. He is doing what the Democrats were to afraid to accomplish. That is to take the battle to our enemies.
    If the Democrats win, you might as well get ready for the war to come to your door step. To pull out of that region will do nothing but to demonstrate weakness and extend our time it takes to bring those responsible to justice.

    September 24, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Elia D, Montreal, Canada

    Much as i hate to side with Trump, truth be said he is right. A country, a nation, the world has been negatively affected by this President.

    September 24, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. George Garrett Manhattan, Illinois

    More advice. If this TV coffiured Looney-Tune wants to run for political office let him give it a try.

    September 24, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    Not supporting Bush at all, but DOnald Trum needs to hide – that bad toupe. You'd think with all his money he might be able to at least afford a decent hat.

    September 24, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. Alex, Los Angeles, CA

    I'd rather have Donald Trump for president instead of Bush... And he's right. Bush made this country and his own party a joke.

    September 24, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. MPG - San Francisco

    Just because the comment came from a very public figure (whether you like him or not) doesn't make it any less relevant that those who opine here or anywhere else. He is a business man who has enjoyed measurable success and understands economics and politics. He isn't saying anything that many "unknown" or less public Americans aren't saying or thinking or discussing amongst themselves. Bush, on some level, is a bit of a liability to the Republican party, and they all know it....whether they choose to agree with it or not. None of the candidates are running on the coat-tails of the Dub-ya legacy. And, let's remember that the 2006 elections demonstrated a resounding message to what most of voting America thought about the Bush administration and policy. This, is just unknown like me.

    September 24, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Della Irvin

    You go Donald !!! Is there any way we can get him to hide sooner???

    September 24, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Max, Dunnellon, Fl

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

    September 24, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. R

    As absurd as this sounds, it does make sense. Not that it will or should happen, but he's onto something. Gad! That makes me mad!

    September 24, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Meagan, San Francisco

    Thanks Donald. Way to tell Bush he is "fired!"

    September 24, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Jeffrey Orr

    How is anyone suppose to put any value into anything Donald Bankruptcy Trump has to say. I really am growing tired of people valuing this mans opinion. At the end of the day, this man has run his company into the ground at least three times. Anyone can get it right after all the practice he has had. How is Trump Airlines doing? What happenned to the apprentice? Now he plans to have Britney Spears, lindsey lohan as an apprentice? Sounds about right. One thing for sure, there ages are right in his target area for marriage..

    I am a strong conservative, however, I am trumped out already....

    September 24, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Alan, Grand Rapids, MI.

    I see Trump's comment as a threat to the President.
    Shouldn't the Secret Service look into that?

    September 24, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Rosie, Washington D.C.

    It's time for Trump to go in hiding.

    September 24, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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