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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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Florida
soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. Dem in Colorado Springs

    Please stop giving The Donald free air time to boost his Apprentice ratings.

    April 16, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. hjs3

    Glenda honey....don't give up those night classes just yet...

    April 16, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. steven harnack

    Hey CNN, I promise you that I won't look elsewhere for news about Trump if you just ignore him. If you are worried that viewers will go looking for stories about Trump you are under estimating your readership. Please stop with the coverage of Trump and Palin as they are just a distraction from things that ARE important.

    April 16, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. vanessa

    How annoying he's become!

    April 16, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Sam

    Pretend I am a little baby born to an unwed teenager from a poor neighborhood. Pretend you are a Republican. Tell me where am I supposed to turn to help? My mom can't feed me and being born wasn't my choice. I am here and in the now!

    April 16, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Brian

    Funny Trump should bring up Dubya. They both share a troubling history of bankruptcies, and once elected, Bush added the United States to his list of bankrupt endeavors. Do we really want to risk this – AGAIN?!

    April 16, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. bdgfn're fired!

    April 16, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Barry

    I blame Fred Trump for Donald Trump. So I'm not so thrilled with Fred Trump.

    April 16, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. erick

    Tea party supporters are Americans that believe that our country should pay for the checks it writes and want less goverment involvment in our day to day lives. I do not understand why Liberal Americans are so against this philosophy. Give your extra tax money to non-profit orginazatons and they will help your cause with much more effectiveness!!!!

    I do agree Mr. Trump is one hell of a showboat but he is also a very good negotiator and would work wonders for America's trade agreements.

    April 16, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    Why is anyone wasting their cyber breath on this fool. Even a voting group that likes Sarah what's-her-name is not gullible or stupid enough to vote for this clown. Why are news outlets covering this fool????

    April 16, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. suan

    Maybe Trump doesn't realize that Hawaii is part of the United States. What a showman! I say 'no news coverage' of him. let him stew!

    April 16, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. s.wadlington

    The man can't deal with the reality of his own bald head!

    April 16, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    then why didn't Trump run in 2008? He might of gotten the nomination then instead of John McCain. The media along with CNN is giving Donald Trump just what he wants and likes ATTENTION. I bet if you guys ignored him he would go back to what he was doing before this so called run at being the POTUS.

    April 16, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. FauxTrump

    Mr. Trump is so beyond the mainstream.
    He touts that America has fallen in the ranks with other countries around the world. NOT

    He lies in everything he says. If Mr. Trump were telling the truth, this is fact, that America has risen in its standing around the world due to President Obama. (Read it on the Internet...the article(s) are out there.

    These loonies will say and do anything to hug the spotlight. They are unbearable to watch. Trump will not win a thing!

    April 16, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Leslie in Colorado

    The only thing the Trumpit has going for him is being king of the comb-over and king of bad taste. Think how he would play with our foreign dignitaries. Not!

    April 16, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Andy

    Trumps hairline was born in another country.

    April 16, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. jean2009

    The Republicans are without doubt becoming the party of ultra rightwing idiots. They keep coming out of the woodwork like termites...Palin, Trump, Bachmann, Beck, Limbaugh and the list goes on. The major reason behind all this hate is easy to determine if you have ever lived below the Mason Dixon you know exactly what feeds it.

    April 16, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Pappadan

    I must admit – Trump's opinion of George Bust is fairly accurate.

    April 16, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Jeremy

    Trump is no politician. Politicians have held this country captive for years. Never getting anything done for fear of losing power. The lack of that care and know how in getting things done COULD make Trump one of the greatest presidents of all time.

    April 16, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. tony

    The only thing worse than the worlds dumbest, greediest politicians running the US, would be the world's dumbest, most narcissic, has been, "celebs" running it.

    April 16, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. dbo

    At last someone that makes Palin look less dumb.

    April 16, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Sgt Schultz

    Bush pushed the nation off a cliff and Obama inherited a complete disaster. All you fruitloops are hypocrites when Bush messed everything up and the Republicans have nobody to blame but themselves for wrecking the economy, causing thousands of American jobs to get permanently replaced in Commie China and 3rd world sweatshops and nearly doubling defense spending in just the past 10 years alone.

    April 16, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. Get Real

    Lets get this straight, If you keep getting local, state, and federal tax money to bail you out of your failed business ventures, you're a great business man. Have your own show on TV, that even a trained chimp could be better at, and your automatically qualified to run for president.

    So if that's the case, being a former owner of the Texas Rangers will give you all the financial skills needed to run a country, and keep it out of debt... Yea, sure...

    April 16, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Fed Up

    I don't think Bush was the worst, but he wasn't the best. As for lying in Washington, DC, that is a job requirement. When anyone is elected, I know they talk out of both sides of their mouth at that same time, and what happens when their lips are moving.

    April 16, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. dmoony

    Why didn't he invite the Tea Party to his the party at his posh estate?

    April 16, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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