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

    No one cares what this racist with a dead cat on his head has to say. Stop it CNN.

    April 16, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. chef dugan

    When will we get rid of this jackass. He is embarrassing the entire voting process. George Bush might have given us reason to vote Democrat and now he's doing the same thing.

    April 16, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. me

    Ok that hair gets worse and worse.

    April 16, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. al in memphis

    Only in America– This is about as funny as Mike Tyson running for president.

    April 16, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. lynn

    Trumps's persona is one of a commedian, trying for the biggest laughs, but they're all on him.

    April 16, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. lefty avenger

    Donald Trump is a prime example of Oligarchy. He wants the government to work for the ultra wealthy top 5% only. Trump wants the bottom 95% of the country scampering around at his wall street banker buddies feet. If you want a banana republic where the top 5% live in luxury condo lofts and the bottom 95% live in tents, Trump is your man. There is only one place Trump should go and I can't print it here!

    April 16, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Sgt Joe

    I can barely stand to look at this guy; the thought of him having real political power is nauseating even though it'll never happen.
    But, people put down what they're afraid of. I'm afraid of Trump because he'd be a disaster leading this country. And Trump is afraid of Obama because he's smart and has true leadership qualities which is a huge threat to most of the GOP.
    The GOP agenda overall is to see this President fail and they're losing that battel. This creates a bit of hysteria on their part. Obama has won back some respect for America in the eyes of the world and the GOP hates that like jealous little children. On top of that, Obama's background just makes them cringe. Too funny!

    April 16, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. Chialuka

    Donald Trump 4 POTUS- what a joke!

    April 16, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    I don't think he (or the other Republicans, for that matter) understands that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican of yore. He was a liberal, and is quite obviously only a shining name to be used to push the Republican agenda. Read his history; if he were running for president today, it would be on a pretty liberal stance.

    April 16, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Frank

    This man does not even realize that a child born to an American woman anywhere in the world (not just Hawaii) is an American citizen. John McCain was born in the Canal Zone. The Donald has not asked to see McCain's birth certificate, since he is white and there are fewer fears in the ignorant public to play upon.

    April 16, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Mark

    I wish he would lash at the job market.

    April 16, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Anonymous

    "Well I actually think the tea party is more of a party of common sense."...This is the man who thinks he can win the presidency? He is more delusional than I originally thought.

    Here is another great quote from the other day for the 'ol Don..."I really dont care about anything else, all I care about is winning"....yet another wonderful exposition from a man who doesnt care about you, me, the american people in general, or the country...he just cares about winning.

    Maybe he and Charlie Sheen could go on tour together, that way when they both crap out, the Don can just file another bankruptcy.

    April 16, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. FM

    I get difficulties to understand this man (Trump). I thought "W" and him belong to one party. If "W" was bad and he gave the current President (who in Trump's thinking he is bad), then he will give "Trump" why all these noise. He is quite sure this is totally impossible!

    April 16, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. Dr. Mu

    It is hard to see The Donald as a serious human being at all. For a man, who keeps claiming that Obama was not born in Hawaii, against all proofs presented by the State of Hawaii, is very perplexing. I can only think this idiot with a tupee just does not like a black man for a president, just like Tea Partiers.

    April 16, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. Rick

    Let's have a Trump-Bachmann ticket in 2012. That ought to make for an amusing election.

    April 16, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. jim

    once again, trump proves he is a fool. i can not ...CAN NOT ... imagine anyone foolish enough to actually vote for him. if trump actually runs for president, obama will win easily.

    April 16, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Chris

    He is so annoying....He is becoming a media hound like Palin...and CNN is helping his cause by constantly, reporting on this blow hard rhetoric!!!

    April 16, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Jim

    What a jerk. He's not angry at Bush for the wars or lies or torture or out of control spending...He's mad at him for giving us Obama? What a complete racist jerk. For those who say he's not racist because he's down with "the blacks" your only lying to yourselves.

    April 16, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Nothing new here

    The Next Annoying Orange has spoken:/

    April 16, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Clwyd

    Donald ! Who gave us you? Oh the bankruptcies that you were saved from? What an abrasive man! he would be a great republican choice to run for office! he has all their qualities. Arrogance, attack mode, attack mode, attack mode! and No, No , and NO! Please choose him!

    April 16, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Jane

    I don't think America is ready for the first Safety Orange President.

    April 16, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Peter

    Trump is a shrewd marketer who is simply using the "possibility" of a "presidential run" to keep himself in the news and kick up the ratings on his TV show, to keep him a hot commodity as a mogul, etc. He knows he can't be elected. He is just using all of this to enhance his position as a national big shot. Ridiculous showboater.

    April 16, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Steve

    Senator Harry Reid's polite assessment of Trump ( " he's not Presidential caliber ) noted that Trump's O.K. as an entertainer ( among his inherited real estate tycoon traits ) was right on point. But Senator Reid was probably thinking about Trump's idiotic bragadoccio, and that must've included Trump's public announcement of his sexual prowess ( uttered by Trump in his Marla Maples days , and other of his idiocies).
    When Trump acquires enough self-esteem ( which is probably never ) to comb back his hair so that he can show that the world that he is BALD, then he will be taking the first side-step away from his current well-worn path of "phoniness." He should stick to his buildings and hotels.

    April 16, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Martha in CF

    Oh Mr. Trump, you are so full of yourself. The crowd is probably increasing cause they think it is a circus they are attending.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 16, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Stopthemadness

    Yep he's a real winner. Womanizer Protagonist Self Centered Egotistical these are just a few words to describe The Donald as he refers to himself in the third person very often. Let's also mention that this man has gone broke twice.

    April 16, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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