Trump lashes out at George W. Bush and Obama
April 16th, 2011
10:02 AM ET
11 years ago

Trump lashes out at George W. Bush and Obama

Palm Beach, Florida (CNN) – Donald Trump has more harsh criticism for one of the most recognizable men in the world: George W. Bush.

In a display of bipartisan bashing, Trump lashed out at the nation's 43rd president as he criticized the 44th.

"George Bush gave us Barack Obama. If it weren't for George Bush, we wouldn't have Barack Obama," Trump said on Friday. "So I'm not thrilled with George Bush."

The billionaire real estate mogul made the comments at his famed Palm Beach estate Mar-a-Lago that sits on 20 acres and boasts 126 rooms. The star of NBC's "The Apprentice" spoke to reporters in a hastily arranged news conference moments before a posh, poolside party at the estate and hours before he was to speak at a Tea Party rally.

Trump was pressed to explain his comments.

"Because he[Bush] didn't have a great presidency, especially at the end. And because of his actions, and because of his aura, it was very tough for a Republican to win," Trump said. "And in all fairness to John McCain and to Sarah Palin, I think it would have been very, very tough for anybody – for Abraham Lincoln – to win after having followed George Bush."

Trump has previously let out harsh criticism of the 43rd president.

In a March 2007 interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Trump said, "Well, I think Bush is probably the worst president in the history of the United States." He cited the war in Iraq, calling it a "total disaster" and added later: "Look, everything in Washington has been a lie. Weapons of mass destruction - it was a total lie. It was a way of attacking Iraq."

Trump now sees Obama as deserving that notorious distinction, calling him "the worst president in the history of the United States." Among other items, Trump reasoned that the president has not done well handling foreign affairs, such as the conflict in Libya, and that "Obamacare" is bad for the country.

Headlining a Tea Party rally in Boca Raton on Saturday, Trump will make his first appearance at a campaign-like political rally this year. The rally will mirror others across the country over the weekend as conservative activists protest government spending days before Monday's deadline to file taxes.

Media and public interest in Trump has recently increased as he's questioned President Obama's birthplace. And his popularity with Tea Party activists has also increased. The reality television star boasted that interest in Saturday's rally ballooned after it was announced that he would appear.

"It was supposed to be 300 people," he said. "When they heard I was speaking, I heard it's going to be anywhere from five-to-ten thousand people."

And yet Trump has publicly supported one issue that Tea Party activists despise: the bank bailout. When asked if he can win Tea Party support given his support for this issue, Trump demurred from a direct response.

"Well I actually think the tea party is more of a party of common sense."

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soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. RKN

    I hope we see a lot of republicans out there running for President. I also hope they do not give up if their poll numbers do not look good at first. Things can change and we need the entire country to have a chance to decide who should lead this country.
    I also see this as a chance to increase the number of jobs in this country because of all the people they will need to employ to do ads, run the campaign headquarters in every city and state. They will need to pay rent and they & their staff need to eat, have a place to sleep... they could spend all the money that the low IQ people sent them to support the return of this country to some fairy tale past.

    April 16, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. laura from willis

    At the risk of repetition, CNN, please stop giving DT free Press. No one seems to give a Rat's Butt, about Trump, or what this Lunatic has to say.

    I normally watch CNN, but, may have to switch to the Cartoon Channel, I'm afraid...One is just as comical as the other, with all of Trumps antics.
    We want News, not Trump's whims and fancies of the day. Please, you finally got the hint on Sarah Palin...don't take so long ditching Trump.

    April 16, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Tom Buckle

    To borrow a slogan from "Wait, Wait". "Vote for me, I am richer than Romney, whiter than Huckabee and crazier than Bachman"

    April 16, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Joshua Ludd

    Yes, and if not for republican voters... we never would have had George W.orthless Bush whom no one seemed to be able to see as the arrogant spoiled frat brat drunk on power cause jesus helped him stop getting drunk on anything else that he was.

    April 16, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Danton

    I pray that Trump is the Republican nominee...that way Obama will win by a landslide.

    April 16, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. trashcup

    Dream Team for 2012: Trump and Palin, no wait, Trump and Bachmann, no wait, Backmann and Romney, no wait, Romney and Palin, nope, Palin and Romney, no, let's see, Boehner and Trump, nah, Pawlenty and Trump – well, this is really confusing. Guess the republicans are just as confused too because they keep coming up with all these losers who couldn't win an election if they tried. Thank you republicans! You sure as hell aren't going to win with the guys that lead your voting polls, so you better start looking for someone else before it's too late.

    April 16, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Tzckrl

    Ok, so he's a boring blowhard desperate for attention. You have to give him credit for having his eyeshadow and lip gloss match the hue of his tie so perfectly. You don't even notice the flattened fox derriere on his head.

    April 16, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Rich - Vero Beach, FL

    Only one thing I agree with him on – "W" was the worst president in US history.

    April 16, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Jeremy

    Trump, one word of advice : Stick to entertainment, you are smart in some areas but polotics is not one of them, the media will have a circus with your comment, but in all honesty, I'd stick to what you are good at. Your a very smart and likeable guy, but you are not presidential, sorry.

    April 16, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. ricky

    Obama is going to lose BIG TIME in 2012. His tax and tax some more policies may be reassuring to all you libs but the heartland of America is sick of his lying and malfeasance. Trump obviously worries Dems with his straight talk and business insight.

    April 16, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. NEXIS7

    The real travesty is that the media knows this clown is never actually going to run for anything but still gives him the free publicity anyway.

    April 16, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Darlene/ from Northville, Mi

    Donald --just go away, stop blowing ones own horn about the decision of the president. Trump didn't do a good job in
    Atlantic City. Also, Trump is so thin skinned regarding criticism of his hair, can you imagine him as president, and what he
    would do to punish. (Remember how he verbally attached Rosie O'Donald, when she made a joke about his hair.)
    He probably have the IRS investigate anyone criticising him. (His ego is to stamped the name of "Trump" on everything.)

    April 16, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. confused

    WHO CARES! Stop marketing his show!

    April 16, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    first off the tea party is not an actual party, their a supporting interest group to a party. the only reason there called party is because their demeaning reference to the actual event. by the way using Lincoln as a comparison may seem smart because he was indeed a republican, but at the time republicans were a radical group that had just been started and had to fight to bring fairness to business policies(very unlike today)

    April 16, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. ricky

    Why doesn't dear leader Obama have the character to release his long form birth certificate, his college records, his legal writings or any damn thing. What a wimp. Mr. Transparent. RIGHT.

    April 16, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Henry

    If you thought Bush was awful put Trump in the oval office. It doesn't matter who wins with this 2 party dictatorship. Either way wall street is the puppet masters, Trump just wouldn't hide that fact from the American people.

    April 16, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. Little Tin God

    The Donald should go back to firing people and stop being the head clown of the GOP/Tea Party. However, he is at least finally taking aim at the person who is actually responsible for the economic disaster we're in today.

    April 16, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Thatguy371

    The more I hear Trump run his big mouth, the more he sounds like that cranky idiot repub guv candidate last election Carl Paladino. What a blowhard.

    April 16, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Marcus

    Even if he was born in Kenya Obama is still eligible to be president. The law states that a natural citizen includes....
    "Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)".

    April 16, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. Jeff

    Trump for president, Charlie Sheen for Vice President, Colleen Thomas for secretary of defense!

    April 16, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. SteveC

    Trump has become more annoying than Palin and Bachmann, if that's possible. He's only in this for the publicity. Stop playing to his enormous ego.

    April 16, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Rico

    Keep speaking truth to power Donald. The obots are in a tailspin as Obama is dropping like a rock in the polls, down to 41% in the new gallup out. Time to put out your college transcripts and ask obama to do the same.

    April 16, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. BobAD

    Tea Party, Boca Raton Fl were there any of the so called working class there or just the 2%er's.

    April 16, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. Rob00028

    He's orange.

    April 16, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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