Trump 'really thinking' about prez bid
December 9th, 2010
08:28 AM ET
12 years ago

Trump 'really thinking' about prez bid

(CNN) – Let’s get one thing straight: Donald Trump doesn’t want to run for president. Honestly, he doesn’t. Not interested.

But because the country is in such dire straits, he says, the business tycoon and perennial publicity hound just might have no choice. The country needs him.

“For the first time really would think about it. And I am thinking about it. It doesn’t mean I want to do it. I’d prefer not doing it. I’m having a lot of fun doing what I’m doing. It’s a great time to be buying things. I’m buying a lot of things and really having a good time,” Trump told Joy Behar Wednesday on HLN, CNN’s sister network.

“But I hate - you know, I’m very proud of this country. I’m very proud to be an American. And frankly, I hate what I’m seeing. I hate that friends of mine from Europe, from Asia, from all over the world - they’re telling me stories about this country,” the reality television host lamented.

Trump said President Obama particularly embarrassed America when he traveled to Copenhagen a year ago in a failed last-minute bid to secure the 2016 summer Olympics for Chicago.

“Our President flies over to see if he can get the bid. Now, he then comes back. We don’t end up not only in first place. We don’t end up in second place or third place. We were in fourth place,” said Trump.
 “Now, for the president of this great country to fly over there, he has to be given a wink. Like, come over, we’d love to have you. And you’re going to get it. I mean, do you know how bad we looked?”

Ultimately, it all comes down to respect for Trump:

“That shouldn’t be happening to this country. People are not respecting us. They are not respecting this country. And I hate to see it.”

Trump said earlier this year he will decide on a presidential run by June.

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soundoff (171 Responses)
  1. Maria

    Yes, what this country really needs is a President who's company has filed for bankruptcy twice in less than 20 years and was on the brink of personal bankruptcy.

    December 9, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Ivee

    Well, the world is going to be respecting our country a lot less if Donald Trump ever becomes president. He's the PT Barnum of business.

    December 9, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Sarah Bellum

    Trump will find out exactly what America thinks of him should he make a Presidential run. He is nothing but an arrogant, pompous, egotistical blowhard with really really really bad hair. Go away Donald. America is sick of you.

    December 9, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. TomInRochNY

    With all the problems we have in this country he's worried about respect from foriegn countries?!?!?! How about putting people back to work. Can you do that Donny boy?

    December 9, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. njcv

    who better to usher this country into bankruptcy than the many who has used and abused the bankruptcy laws numerous times to escape the consequences of his poor business decisions.

    December 9, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Joe issano

    Donald Trump failed in business many times. The country need smart people as President. Obama is smart, Trump is a buffoon.

    December 9, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. SAY WHAT!!!

    Being President is not liking hosting the apprentice. Take a hike dude. For someone who keeps filing for bankruptcy you have the nerve to think about running for President. This is what I don't understand about our system – this guy filed for bankruptcy and yet here he is one of the richest guys in America.

    December 9, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Lyle

    If looking bad to your friends in Europe and Asia is what is important to you, how do you explain to them that you are the king of bankruptcy and that you appear on a reality show. I guess that such things are seen as assets since you are the "Carnival Barker of Greed".

    December 9, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |

    Trump a man who has been bankrupt a few times, a man with an in your face self centered, solipsistic approach who basically looks down on society.HELL WILL FREEZE before he is voted into power.He should spend more time running his business properly and keeping his business from the boom and bust cyclical trend.

    December 9, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. General Ike

    Like you could really trust this guy. If he lies that the mop on his head is real what else will he lie about

    December 9, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Deb

    Seriously 'the donald'–the country doesn't need this sort of reality TV. STAY HOME!

    December 9, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. Common Man

    You got my vote Donald!

    December 9, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. Deb

    RESPECT? And you somehow didn't have a problem with the lack of respect we got from other countries during the Bush Admin? Your view is dimwitted and short-lived! Donald–YOUR FIRED!!

    December 9, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Bob

    Trump is creating fake interest for his run for president. He keeps saying he doesn't want run, but people are asking him to run. He feels that he can fix the country. He is not even close to a mainstream candidate. He is presents himself as an egotistical profiteer. As the world gets flatter we need to work together with everyone to make it a better place. His tough talk will completely erode the goodwill that is almost gone after George W. I don't trust him strictly because of his ego and his ignorance.

    December 9, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. p

    No respect? Probably because, at this moment, America seems to be dominated by reality show stars – completely full of themselves – with bloated delusions of grandeur, who honestly think they could lead their way out of a paper bag. Like you, Mr. Trump.

    December 9, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. BJ

    Hey Trump, we saw the false Mesaiah before you did. Unfortunately for the illliterate and unemployed (by choice) which makes up most of the demorcrat party, they were all gaga over the idiot. Today, we see the results. Go Trump, anybody but Obozo.

    December 9, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. GI Joe

    He would just do what he's done several times in businesss- sell off assets (to foreigners) and declare bankruptcy. We would default back to Mexico and live cheaper by necessity. A bunch of us (no legal papers for immigration) would be deported or used as slave labor.

    WOW – what an imagination I have when I think of that ego-maniac in our White House.

    December 9, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Todd

    And what makes him think he's any more respected than Obama? Just because he's also a pompous windbag?

    December 9, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. christian

    Thanks to The Donald. I like The Donald. Thank God The Donald is a Republican

    December 9, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. fiveTeeOneVee

    I hope he decides to run for President, I would vote for him. The campaigning would be priceless too.

    December 9, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. RalphS

    OK Donald, go for it. I think it would be refreshing for the rest of us to see you come up with a meaningful agenda that covers not just your personal financial interests, but an agenda that sufficiently covers national defense, foreign policy, domestic spending, and so on.

    December 9, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. davec.0121

    Please, CNN, be a more careful of how you classify stories. You are getting as bad as Fox News in morphing entertainment into politics. This one isn't news and it certainly does NOT belong in the Politics category. If you really feel that you have to publish it at all (and you don't – it's totally inconsequential), please put it under "Entertainment". Of course he's not serious about running a real campaign. What he wants is more opportunites to hype himself and his show, more time at the center of attention and and more ego stroking. The same holds true about Sarah Palin and her reality show. That's not politics, that's entertainment. It's not about a rational discussion of problems and solutions, it's about a media personality trying to stay in the public eye. Enough fake news stories.

    December 9, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. DD

    Let me get this straight...we aren't respected because President Obama didn't secure the US to host a "GAME" in the United States? Trump...who fires people recklessly on TV, chats about how much money he is spending because it is fun, can only get young women in his life because of his money, and although he doesn't want to run for President he thinks he has to because he would be better at it? This man we would have to be our next President? Are you serious? We aren't respected (IF we aren't respected) President Obama sure wasn't the one to cause the decline of respect we used to have. Trump best to be blaming the greed on Wall Street, the childish behavior of our elected officials and their inability to cooperate with each other on behalf of ALL Americans, our involvement in unwarranted wars, sticking our nose into other country’s business when we aren’t taken care of our own people…like an alcoholic father, and everyone in America who closed their eyes to what was happening to our Country wayyyyy before President Obama became our President. This is why other countries don't respect us. There is lots of blame to go around so don’t just blame the new president for all that is wrong with our country now.

    December 9, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. Aatami

    What the Trumpster (which coincidently rhymes with Dumpster) doesn't seem to understand is that it's because of him and other's of his ilk that this country is not respected around the world. He's not the only one with friends in other countries. The fact is that the US has lost respect due to the previous administrations lies, manipulations, and lack of concern for the people. The overwhelming attitude of the wealthy in this country is disgusting and completely at odds with their claims of christian values. The US including the Trumpster are a bunch of hypocritical selfish pigs. I;m just sayin'.

    December 9, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. The Apprentice

    Seriously? How many times was Mr. Trump bailed out himself? Running a country is not like running a business. In business you make decisions based on profit motive. The Government is not driven by making profits, it is driven by serving the needs of the people.

    December 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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