Trump: I 'screwed' Gadhafi
March 21st, 2011
09:21 AM ET
11 years ago

Trump: I 'screwed' Gadhafi

(CNN) – Donald Trump, whose flirtations with a presidential bid continue, says he has special experience dealing with Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi.

Speaking on Fox News Monday, Trump says he has more of a track record than anyone in the Republican presidential field when it comes to dealing with foreign leaders and dignitaries: "I sell them real estate for tremendous amounts of money. I mean, I've dealt with everybody."

Trump, who has said he will decide on a presidential bid by June, said he is particularly happy with the fact he "screwed" Gadhafi on a past real estate deal.

"I rented him a piece of land. He paid me more for one night than the land was worth for two years, and then I didn't let him use the land," Trump boasted. "That's what we should be doing. I don't want to use the word 'screwed', but I screwed him."

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  1. Kenneth

    So Trump's answer to international relations is to screw them over and brag about it?? Well what makes anyone believe that he won't screw the American people over if it suits him? It's ALL about Donald in Trumpland.

    March 21, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. C. Rose

    Donald Trump sounds like the perfect president! Imagine the State of the Union address that freak would throw down. He would complete the destruction of America's already tarnished image. Talk about a pending nuclear meltdown.

    March 21, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. Mitch every person who's done business with Trump is now running to their financial people to see if they too, were given the same treatment.

    March 21, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. Anonymous

    This idiot must know that international politics is more than cheating uninformed buyers of US real estate from other countries. it is diplomatically dealing with world leaders and be successful. We do not need cheats in the oval office.

    March 21, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. shutupstupid

    So, we're supposed elect a guy who likes to brag about making shady real estate deals? I'm not impressed.

    March 21, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. AJP12

    So we are to believe this is the kind of man who will lead us truthfully and be upfront?
    Shows no ethics and he wants to be a world leader based on lies and deception?
    Say anything to get the sale?? The "sale' being presidnet? Shows alot about this guys character

    March 21, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    So what Trump is saying is that he's a liar and cheater???
    We knew that already, but thanks for backing us up Donald....moron...

    March 21, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. nancyann

    That sounds really Presidential, Donald! By the way, you wonder why Obama is not remember from kindergarten- I'll bet you are remembered as the obnoxious jerk that you have always been!

    March 21, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Donald, show us your building permit. Hah, I thought so.

    March 21, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. jostam

    So, we can say that Trump does business with DICTATORS and Terrorrists

    March 21, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. DJ in TX

    Mr. Trump, I say these words, "SO??". That was a real estate deal. What the hell does that have to do with foreign policy. BTW – I didn't see anyone call our Mr. Trump when he said, he'd tax the imports from China heavily. Does anyone realize that would lead to higher prices?? American's didn't want to pay higher prices for American goods. Why would they pay higher prices for Chinese goods. This guy may be a great buinessman (remember some businesses went bankrupt:-), but he's not the guy for the presidency.

    March 21, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Squigman

    Presidential timber? I don't think so.

    March 21, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  13. marco60

    Does this guy have a point?

    March 21, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. oldsaxman

    If he could "screw Gadafi" He could screw the American since his primary motive seems to be making a profit. As far as I'm concerned,cheating somebody on a real estate deal even some one as despicable As Quadafi is nothing to brag about.

    March 21, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. deandake

    Is this supposed to be some kind of basis for president? Your ability to screw people over?

    March 21, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  16. Doc

    So "The Donald" admits to:
    1. Charging highly inflated amounts for real estate
    2. Contracting with a known despot/tyrant
    3. Breaking said contract
    4. Grand theft (in that he didn't return the extravagantly high amount he charged for the rental of the land).

    And on top of that he seems pretty proud of it?

    My common sense is tingling.
    Do we want him anywhere near the whitehouse?

    March 21, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. Greg in Arkansas

    "That's what we should be doing. I don't want to use the word 'screwed', but I screwed him."

    Just what we need, someone that screws over people he doesn't like....
    Particularly like his suggestion to tax ALL imports from everything us "non-wealthy" folks have to purchase from Wal-Mart....

    March 21, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. Justin

    this just goes to show Donald trump is a CHEAT!
    Now Mr Trump, tell us how many americans have you screwed over?

    March 21, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. KatR

    Comparing real estate deals to inter-governmental diplomacy is as ridiculous as Trump's hairstyle.

    March 21, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. Adam Wilder

    That's a quality we want in a President... Screwing people. We've had too many of those type of politicians, thank you.

    March 21, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. Benn

    Great! Mr. Trump sharing his idea of ethical behavior and excusing it because of who he "dealt" with: a first class scumbag screwing a low class scumbag….

    March 21, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    Shady business deals are not a good way of presenting yourself to the public when you are seeking the highest office in the land. The last thing we need is a crook/con-man in the Oval Office.

    March 21, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. Kwesoe

    No, Mr. Trump, you're a crook. And if you think running a country is about being a crook, think again. Remember Nixon?

    March 21, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. Vietvet6869

    The golden wigged boy is just itching to get his hands on the U.S. Treasury so he can screw the rest of us also,pass out what little is left to all of his competent,productive,exceptional, criminal corporate brethren who are doing a heckuva job creating jobs and stimulating the economy.

    They're sitting on $2.5 Trillion and doing everything in their power to make sure that the economy continues to stumble along in hopes of making Americans so desperate that they will work for 3rd world wages and adopt 3rd world living standards, also hoping to get more wealthy republicans elected to help enslave working Americans by undermining Americans and especially President Obama.

    Considering the loud mouth coward's stellar record at various military academies, even marching cadets through New York,like bush,cheney,bolton, and limbaugh, who want and wanted to rule the country,he apparently decided that defending your country was for the "little people", and avoided any type of military service during 10 years of war, wonder how he did that ?

    He does have one thing in his favor, he has plenty of experience filing for bankruptcy and stiffing his creditors, maybe he can just stiff the Chinese and the Saudis and give us a fresh start, but I'm inclined to believe he would sell out America and Americans if he and his corporate co-conspirators cut a cut.

    March 21, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Donald always says the right things to make republicans proud.

    March 21, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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