September 25th, 2007
09:00 AM ET
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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. Concerned American, Virginia

    For once, I can agree with Mr. Trump on something. He's exact in his observations. Bush is a liability to his party.

    The sad thing is rather than people rationalizing why Trump is wrong, those in opposition choose to mudsling in their comments. It really describes the mentality of "mainstream" America. No wonder they elected Bush in the first place. You don't your head from your .. well fill in that blank and you go "baa baa!"

    On criticizing, while CNN is not perfect it is less sensational that Fox News, which is a Republican, Christian-Biased, Propaganda, Organ Grinding Cesspool, and a despicable excuse of a journalistic agency.

    I am not saying we will be better off with a Democrat (as I don't vote for political parties) but a change is in order and Republicans should be kicked out the door right now.

    September 24, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Fred Green

    I believe that Donald Trump knows nothing about George W. Bush. He should not be on CNN to make such comments. Perhaps Wolf Blitzer does not have credible guests to talk about politics. Is CNN biased on this?

    September 24, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Tom Brown

    Most important message of the article is what others in the world think about the US for investint in business and our political credibility. D would be in a better position to give us that feedback than most.

    September 24, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. G Davidson Winnipeg Manitoba

    We Canadians love Bush,if not for him and his policies our dollar would still be worth 61 cents U.S. now it's at par....thanks George!!!

    September 24, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Sheila, NYC

    Right On Don! Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    September 24, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Bob Warja, Tinley Park, IL

    No way Bush is one of the worst Presidents ever. No way. Jimmy Carter was way, way worse. Look, how many Presidents had to go thru 9/11 like Bush did? You think that was easy? His decision to invade Iraq may have been faulty, but he did a fine job of leading this country out of a rough time following the attacks. As for the economy, it's not doing badly at all – Clinton was lucky, his economy was a false economy, the result of the dot com revolution which, of course, turned out to be a mirage. Who the heck is Trump that makes him a political pundit anyway?

    September 24, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. househead_415; SF, Cal.

    Well, Donald; you're absolutely right!

    If I were a Republican, I'd get as far away from W as I possibly could! But he did say that he's going to "campaign vigorously" for whoever does win the Republican nomination. We can only hope that he actually follows through on that promise!!

    Now, Donald; if only you could be just as on top of things when it comes to your hairdo! Lordy, lordy, Mr. Trump! Where did you get that toupee??

    September 24, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Richard H. Clark, Gaithersburg MD

    Right on, Donald!
    For once, we agree on something.
    The next president, however, will not be a Republican. The Independents will take the White House in 2008.

    September 24, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Mark, Massapequa NY

    "The Donald" says it like it is ...

    September 24, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Matthew, Keller, TX

    I lost all of my respect for Donald Trump. This is America, President Bush is our president, if you don't like it, LEAVE!!

    September 24, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. jaha

    Yes because of Bush, the US is laughted at all over the world. Because US with Bush is illogical, arrogant and violent. Bush was the worst american president. He came to power not for peace but wars. For him power is physical, a show of american strength. That was the conception of power before, now it is different, power is calm and peacefull. He made america a chicken country, where terorists think they can manipulate the opinion. And they are succeding because of this president.

    September 24, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Jack Quinn - Spring Lake Heights, NJ

    Like we really needed Donald Trump to tell us what every one has been thinking for quite some time now.

    If Hillary wins we will really be going into the dumper.

    By the way, does anyone remember who was President when NAFTA became the law of the land?

    Democrat or Republican, who cares. We're probably going to be worse off than we are now.

    September 24, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. Greg P. Milwuakie, OR

    Trump nails it. Bush is an unmitigated disaster that will linger for generations. Even repubs wouldn't be able to utter Bush's name without showing the same open disgust they for Carter.

    September 24, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    For once, I agree with something that Donald Trump has said...but his timing is off by 7 years!

    September 24, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Curt, Benton Harbor, MI

    I personally do not like the Donald, but for once in his life, he is ABSOLUTLY CORRECT!!!

    September 24, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Greg P. Milwuakie, OR

    When Monica was in the Oval Office, the rest of the world was wondering what the big deal was about.

    America was flying it's puritanical flag high and the rest of the world thought it was mock outrage was hilariously naive.

    September 24, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. pl. at the UN for a while.

    CNN, well...even you lack in judgement sometime.
    Whom in heaven is the Donald supposed to speak for here?
    Or is just the payoff for your backstroking him?

    September 24, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Kory Morrow, atl GA

    As much as I don't like Donald Trump, he has hit the nail on the head. I travel abroad quite frequently and before Bush, people were in awe of the US, they wanted to know every little detail about us, now people just kind of smirk, and laugh and wonder what kind of people would elect a guy like Bush to represent them. Crude,rude,and pompous are the nice things that are said.

    September 24, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Chris, Middletown, CT

    There is one Republican that can win – Giuliani – the only moderate running on either side – true fiscally conservative and socially liberal. The democrats are running a series of left wingers – Giuliani is comfortable going against the right wingers in his own party....he will be elected in 2008 – and this will be very good for everyone.

    September 24, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Twin Cities,MN

    Hey Wag,
    He may not be broke, but he did screw creditors out of Million$, pretty scummy guy, declare a business insolvent, but legally keep your millions, he's the embarassing one, I'm not a Rep., but Bush did what he thought was right, unlike canidates who, for example "personally think abortion is wrong" but think its OK for someone else to kill an unwanted baby? Sometimes undiplomatic people end up in public service / the White House, sucks, but the US should always try to do the right thing, and getting rid of Saddam was the right thing to do, cost too high, yep, but we all make sacrifices (and mistakes)in an effort to do whats right. I just hope the next prez. thinks more about whats right for this country than what is PC on the world stage, of course its important to have shrewd foreign policy, but give me a break, democracy is ugly and inefficient and the only option, all other types of gov. seem to lead to less freedom, dictatorships and way worse suffering. Anyone have a look at the Dons tax returns? Hope he's payin his share.

    September 24, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Ben Cooley, Claremont, CA

    It is refreshing to see that someone can say out loud, and in a public manner, what is obvious to all: Bush has done great damage to our nation and our interests abroad by frittering away a world of 9/11 good will and sympathy with his actions in Irag. The king does, indeed, have no clothes. Let's not scold the little boy who says it.

    September 24, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. LZ, Nothere,TX

    The majority of Americans are too dumb to care. They will elect another Bush.

    September 24, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Ronald Fisher, Racine, Wisconsin

    I don't agree with Trump at all. I think Bush should stay right out in the open where everyone can see how defective he is right up to the election. Then we'll make sure we can get Clinton in. I have to say listening to Hillary on the weekend talk shows really sowed it up in my mind. She was so well spoken in her remarks she even got a positive remark from Brit Hume on Fox News Sunday!!

    September 24, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. John G

    Ladies and Gentleman, without any further adoo, "The Best of Bush"

    "So for the students here, take heart in this concept. He gets a Ph.D. I get Cs. I'm the President and he's the advisor."
    —While discussing Social Security on a college campus, Bush makes note of the education gap between himself and a professor/advisor to the administration. (White House, "President Discusses Strengthening Social Security in Iowa", March 30, 2005)

    "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."
    —Confronted by political opposition, Bush explains his strategy on promoting Social Security reform. (Washington Post, "The Ostrich Approach," Dan Froomkin, May 25, 2005)

    We will stand up for terror. We will stand up for freedom."
    —Bush, speaking on the campaign trail, Oct. 18, 2004, in Marlton, N.J.

    "After standing on the stage, after the debates, I made it very plain, we will not have an all-volunteer army. And yet, this week— we will have an all-volunteer army. Let me restate that."
    —Bush, showing signs of confusion (yet again) at an Oct. 16, 2004, campaign stop in Daytona Beach.

    "I mentioned early on that I recognize there are hurdles, and we're going to achieve those hurdles."
    Source: Federal News Service, "Remarks by President George W. Bush," Jan. 22, 2003

    "There's an old saying in Tennessee—I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says: Fool me once, shame on [pause] shame on you. [Pause] Fool me [long, uncomfortable, agonizing pause] you can't get fooled again."
    Source: The Washington Post, "The Reliable Source," Lloyd Grove, Sept. 18, 2002

    "You know, let me talk about Al Qaida just for a second. I made the statement that we're dismantling senior management, and we are. Our people have done a really good job of hauling in a lot of the key operators. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. Abu Zubaida. Ramzi–Ramzi alshibh or whatever that guy's name was."
    —Bush, at a July 30 press conference
    Source: Washington Post, July 30, 2003

    “Tribal sovereignty means that, it's sovereign. You're a - you're a - you have been given sovereignty and you're viewed as a sovereign entity.”
    —Bush explaining what tribal sovereignty means in the 21st century to a gathering of minority journalists on Aug. 6.

    "Do you have blacks, too?"
    —Bush, speaking to Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso.
    Source:, "Bushed," Jake Tapper, June 20, 2002

    "The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein and his willingness to terrorize himself."
    Source: The Washington Post, "With Edwards, White House Shows First-Strike Capability," Dana Milbank, Feb. 11, 2003

    "I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein."
    —Bush, meeting with Iraqi citizens who received medical care in the U.S., May 25, 2004

    "We're spending money on clean coal technology. Do you realize we've got 250 million years of coal?"
    —Washington, D.C., June 8, 2005

    Social Security Surplus
    Bush Pledges Not to Touch Social Security Surplus: "We're going to keep the promise of Social Security and keep the government from raiding the Social Security surplus." [Bush, 3/3/01]
    Bush Spends Social Security Surplus: The New York Times reported that "the president's new budget uses Social Security surpluses to pay for other programs every year through 2013, ultimately diverting more than $1.4 trillion in Social Security funds to other purposes." [The New York Times, 2/6/02]

    He needs to hide under a rock.

    September 24, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Barbara Cushing Ardmore Pennsylvania

    I have never been a Trump fan but he finally got one thing right.
    America's stature has dropped like a rock since Bush got behind the wheel.

    September 24, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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