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. CH, SL, TX

    What is sad is that this was the best interview CNN & Wolf could get to discuss Iran's leader coming into the U.S.? Sad state of affairs at CNN.

    Enough with Donald Trump!

    September 24, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Tom Mclutchy, Albany NY

    Trump is right. Bush has made the USA a laughing stock all over the world. I just came back form Europe where they would not even take the $(USA Dollar) for transaction. The London FUTSE is taking over Wall Street as the major trading and center of Economic market. It is a shame how Americans are viewed as "Bullies" all over Europe.

    September 24, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. jack debrot, new york, new york

    donald trump is a clown. the idea that he is being given press about his political views is absurd.

    September 24, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Marcial de Castro - South Pasadena, CA USA

    Trump is right on (can't believe I just typed that.)Bush has done so much damage to our country, some of which is irreparable. Think Iraq, my fellow citizens. Or the deficit. Or.....

    Republicans need to take their party back to it's moderate, Grand Old Party, liberterian roots and fast before the "Christian" right takes us straight to Armageddon. Take it back and let them form their own theological party. On the margins. Where they belong.

    ......Oh wait I'm dreaming, It's not going to happen. They control the GOP primary system, duh. Oh's a vote for Clinton.

    September 24, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. trekkie

    Just thank God, we could have had someone worse.

    Posted By Dovie Reid, Connelly Springs, NC : September 24, 2007 4:52 pm

    That is not possible

    September 24, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Sheila, Macon, Ga.

    I wouldn't say Bush was the worst president we've ever had. He's had some STIFF competition from Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

    September 24, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Robert Columbia, CT

    Donald Trump is a loser. Plain and simple. I am so sick and tired of his self promotion. I'm a father of five great kids, a school teacher who's married to a wonderful women and I consider myself far more sucessful than this clown. Who cares what he thinks.

    September 24, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    For once The Donald is right about Bush worst president in my lifetime.

    September 24, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. sidj, c.rapids,ia

    So, Donald Trump is a big authority on whether or not Bush is an asset??
    Trump is an egomaniac, plus a little shady, plus he is someone who feels that anyone with money is intelligent. That is unfortunately 'Hollywood' thinking. We (who have it) know these people lack common sense.

    September 24, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. peter

    the conservative mindset is fundamentally flawed and should become extinct if humanity is to ever advance.

    September 24, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Jeff from Jersey

    Way too late Donald.Bush has already destroyed ANY Republican's chance to be president....THANK GOD!It's the only thing that idiot has done right and it wasn't by design!The rest of the Republican party should just take a four year "timeout" and let this country heal and take out the trash that Bush and his cohorts have piled up.The stink of this administration will take at least that long to subside enough for americans to breathe again!
    Maybe the Christian lunatic fringe that has set this country back 200 years will go and hide with him.They have made life miserable for every fair minded Christian in this country!They don't believe in God,they think they ARE God!God is quite a bit much more capable at doing his job than ANY or ALL human beings and HE should be allowed to do so without interference from the religeous right.

    September 24, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Drew Austin, TX

    Stop commenting Trump. Your time in the limelight is done. I think the only thing funnier than a slumlord giving political advice is a ambulance chasing presidential candidate providing a national healthcare plan.

    September 24, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Adrian, Vancouver, B.C.

    Actually Trump is absolutely correct, the rest of the world is laughing at you, in fact we started laughing at you the day Bush was can such a powerful country elect someone with no education who can barely read and who cares nothing for it's people..we knew that the war was a lie even before it started, you guys fell for every lie that came out of his mouth like a bunch of sheep...then you elected him yet again!! You went from such a powerful country to the laughing stock of the world..i feel sorry for you people.

    September 24, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Mary Doe Boston

    Dear CNN:

    Why do you post rules for commenters and not follow them?

    Why do allow so many commenters to post their opinions without affixing their requred name, city and state?

    Like for instance: John Doe posted:

    Doanld is not in any position to provide neither advise or comment to our U.S. president. His intent is to prepare a foot step into his day dream to become the future U.S. president by 2012… Is this a do-able job for him ?

    September 24, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. MPG - San Francisco

    To "A Concerned American"

    There is absolutely nothing "Christian" or Christ-like in Fox News or those who purport themselves to be the Right-Wing Christian Evangelical Conservatives. Those who truly want to be Christ-like will demonstrate it in how they live their own lives and quietly by example influence others. Beating people over the head, mud-slinging and wearing a label or a bumper-sticker for the sake of "politics" doesn't cut it. Isn't that why Jesus was executed in the first the so-called Religious right? There is a huge voice of so-called "Christian Conservatives" that's giving christianity a very, very bad name and mis-representing the faith publicly in politics....and I, for one am sick of it. Sorry to say, President Bush is at the head of the class....and I voted for him once.

    September 24, 2007 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Donald Trump needs to get the name of
    Edwards hair stylist. Apparently money doesn't buy everything.

    September 24, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. John, Houston, Texas

    Sadly, Mr. Trump is absolutely right. Bush took us to war under false pretenses, took his eye off the prize (Bin Laden) and killed over 3700 U.S. soldiers for nothing. The worst foreign policy decision in American history. Bush is the emperor without clothing.

    September 24, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Tricia M Charlottetown, PEI

    Posted By Tom Mclutchy, Albany NY

    Trump is right. Bush has made the USA a laughing stock all over the world. I just came back form Europe where they would not even take the $(USA Dollar) for transaction. The London FUTSE is taking over Wall Street as the major trading and center of Economic market. It is a shame how Americans are viewed as "Bullies" all over Europe.

    And I'm sorry to have to tell you Tom, but America is being viewed as a "Bully" and a laughing stock all over the world. And in my view for just cause. Bush is the reason they view America as a Laughing Stock. And if American Presidents' and their Congress' would refrain from equating dictating to other Nations with Super Power Status they may be looked upon more congenially.

    When was the last time you heard of America offering help to Sudan? Dafur? or sending troops to diminish the violence in those areas? Or assisting Mikinduri? America doesn't assist or aid any Nation unless there is oil or the almighty dollar to gain.

    And that is why America's image around the world is what it is today. The world is aware that oil is the only reason America is in Iraq. And that really doesn't portray a Nation of Compassion and Good Will towards men.

    September 24, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  19. AK Hayes

    Regardless of what you think of Donald Trump,
    at least he used his influence on a public platform to express what the rest of us have been a discussiing
    in every home, since the Election when AWOL in Florida. .

    His priorities and personal agendas have guided his footsteps.

    Karl Rove saw a way to the win the white house, and the
    Christian coalition was the answer to their prayers.

    Most States have lost the battle to prepare our
    children for what is to come due to a poorly funded education system. Federal Prisons are Busting at the seams. and the Golf coast is still in dire straits.

    Health Care is a joke.
    You can go to Iran and Cuba and get better health and dental care.

    Had Bush spent as much money on America as he has on his War on Terrorism, we would definitely be a stronger country. He dropped the ball on Bin Laden.

    What is true is he thrives on fear, that is his ticket to fame and fortune.

    When the 75 years are up on the Information of Freedom Act, when we can finally examine the papers of this adminstration. The poorly excuted details to resolve the critical issues will have taken a back seat to
    his greed.
    On that day, We will be judged. That is when we will all know the truth.

    And I will bet that it will make Richard Nixon look like Tinker Bell in comparison.

    As for Cheney, he is more frightening then Bush.
    And, should be investigated for his involvement with the Contracts currently in place in Iraq.

    America is going broke, People are stressed.
    And, the Military is stretched to the breaking point.

    Before he became Presidency, we were a financially stable nation

    I am hoping the Political Agendas of this nation can move past all of this, and do what is right for America .

    September 24, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. Trey Yarbrough Tyler, Texas

    This represents one of the many ironies of contemporary American culture and possibly the price that is paid for the value of free speech: that an individual as shallow, pompous, and misguided as Donald Trump, whose lack of a moral compass could only be missed by Rip Van Winkle, is even given air time to deride an acting president of the United States; a president who, whether you agree with all that he has done or not, has at certain moments in history (in the early period following 9-11 as one example), demonstrated great valor and eloquence. Mr. Trump is a sad commentary on the worst aspect of our persona as an American people. If a President Bush is a laughingstock as Trump would suggest, does he view himself as an image of what is best about America to the poor of India and China? Or a valiant voice for the powerful in those two countries? Please CNN, give this character/caricature as little air time as possible, and allow the American people to preserve their sanity.

    September 24, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Rick Carter Salado, tx

    I don't usually care much about what Trump thinks but I certainly agree with him on this. Bush has done a horrible job.

    September 24, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. Sam, C.C. Tex

    We need someone running the show with smart business sense. Everyone's a critic with no real answers. Party affiliation is irrelevant. If you can't help the situation keep quiet. If this is the best Bush can do, so be it. Come 2008 let's do it right.

    September 24, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Trump is right on target and we Americans better wake up. Whether we are democrats or republicans it doesn't matter to China or other countries, they are capitalizing on our divides. We have allowed this great country to be mismanaged by Bush and it's our responsibility to cleanup this terrible mess. VOTE RESPONSIBLY

    September 24, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. Kevin Hanks, Idaho Falls, ID

    Most people realize that Trump isn't the political analyst with any real respect other than that self imposed. Why does a respected program like the situation room feel Trump may have newsworthy advice for political candidates or for Americans who like Wolf Blitzer such as myself?

    September 24, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. John, Homewood Alabama

    Everybody's telling Trump to be quiet and go away and that he doesn't know what he's talking about. While I agree with Donald, I don't need him to tell me that Bush is an idiot and has single handedly destroyed this country...but I'm glad he's saying it because at least people are hearing it because of his fame. More chance that more people will hear him than me. Because I'm a little people, and nobody listens to the little people. You keep on speaking Donald.

    As for all the rest of those out there who are in denial that Bush has wrecked this country, is the worst president to ever steal an election and IS the MOST hated man in America today, you guys need to wake up and get your heads out of the sand and try and do something before your arses get obliterated by the disaster that we face just around the corner. And it's because of Bush and his controllers that we will have to face it.

    Wake up people..get a CLUE.

    September 24, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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