Trump offers no sympathy for Mubarak
February 10th, 2011
05:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Trump offers no sympathy for Mubarak

Washington (CNN) - Donald Trump had no sympathy Thursday for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and expressed optimism that events in Egypt will not affect the world economy.

"So far, things are looking alright," Trump told a small group of reporters before delivering a political speech before a gathering of Republicans. Mubarak spoke to his country on Thursday and said he had delegated powers to his vice president but did not step down from the presidency.

"He lives in tremendous estates all over the world," Trump said. "Supposedly, he's taken $50 to $70 billion dollars. Is this the kind of a leader they want? I don't think so."

(CNN has not independently confirmed the size of Mubarak's wealth.)

Trump offered neither criticism nor praise for how President Obama has dealt with the Egyptian crisis saying it was out of Obama's hands.

"I don't think he has handled it," Trump said. "These events are beyond him."

Trump was appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservatives and libertarians in the nation's capital. Trump has repeatedly said he is considering running for president.

Trump appeared as a guest of GOProud, a conservative gay rights organization. Several social conservative organizations have withdrawn from this year's CPAC because of GOProud's inclusion in the three day conference. But Trump, a very successful businessman-turned reality television star, offered praise for GOProud.

"I have a lot of respect for the group," Trump said.

Trump continued to be coy about whether he will end his flirtation with a White House run and seek the GOP presidential nomination,

"I'm a Republican," he said. "Let's see what happens."

A short time later, in his speech to a packed ballroom, Trump reiterated his pledge to make a decision on a 2012 presidential run by June.

–CNN's Mark Preston, Jim Acosta, Evan Glass and Peter Hamby contributed to this report

Filed under: Donald Trump • Egypt
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. The Situation

    Excuse me! Why are you going to this clown for his views on what going on in Egypt. You might well ask Snooki for her views!

    February 10, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I don't think he has handled it," Trump said. "These events are beyond him."
    I don't expect a sow's ear to appreciate the subtle nuances of our President's silky smooth method of diplomacy.
    Can you just imagine if the United States under the misguided leadership of some Right-wing buffoon had started DEMANDING that Egypt proceed as per our instructions....or else??

    Can you say STFU Donald and mind your own business?

    February 10, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    Lord have MERCY – PLEASE!! This money mongol wants to get in office so he can provide more tax cuts for himself. I have never seen him in my neighborhood nor does he care about it!!!

    February 10, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Pretzel Logic

    Of all the delusional GOP President wannabes, Trump is possibly the most delusional. This is an exercise in ego not a serious political campaign.

    February 10, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. PalmReader

    "So far, things are looking alright," Trump told a small group of reporters before delivering a political speech before a gathering of Republicans."

    Maybe The Donald will also be meeting with Netanyahu . . . God knows, Israel has been getting a flux of opinions from our presidential wannabee's. Who knows what THEY are saying behind closed doors. For sure, Israel would prefer Mubarak stay in power.

    February 10, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Indy

    You have to sink pretty darn low to get Donald Trumps view on anything much less foriegn affairs. Trump could never get past the criminal background check to be POTUS and he should keep his egotistical yap shut. Trump was so stupid on Peirs Morgan last night he called for a 25% tax on China made goods coming to the US and said let them sell their goods to other countries. You have to be an idiot to think that a 25% tax would not go direct to the middle class purchaser. China does not seek out US customers, it is the US that seeks China for their manufacturing, complete opposite of what Trump thinks.China does not need the US and could not care less if there was a 25% tax that Americans would pay out of pocket. The Donald forgets his boy Bush financed the US with Chinas money and can call that loan or reposses the US with idiotic ideas like Trumps. Trump is a reality TV idiot that runs a crooked business and has no idea whatsoever how to run a country.
    New rules for potential candidates for POTUS should be,
    (1) You cannot have had a reality show in the past
    (2) You cannot have been a radio personality in the past
    (3) You must be in a public service job before becoming POTUS
    (4) You cannot operate a crooked business and parlay the Presidency into making more profit
    (5) You must know what the hell you are talking about before looking like a complete fool

    February 10, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. Boehner is a Cry Baby

    this jokester!.........yeah, this idiot thinks that running the US of A is like running the Apprentice reality show!!!!

    February 10, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. LouAz

    Typical. The Donald evaluates EVERYTHING from a Realtors perspective. He only sees Mubarack's real estate and thinks he can be the broker. What a CLOWN !

    February 10, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. mslulu

    What a buffoon! I have never seen one man so full of himself! He's the LAST thing this Country needs!!!!!!!

    February 10, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |