Trump backing out of appearance?
May 16th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Trump backing out of appearance?

(CNN) - On the same day he decided against a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, real estate mogul Donald Trump is "reassessing his commitment" to appear in Iowa at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, according to the Iowa Republican Party.

"While our invitation to Mr. Trump never hinged on a potential Trump candidacy, Iowans responded enthusiastically and with great interest in his appearance at our annual Lincoln Day Dinner," Iowa GOP spokesman Casey Mills said in a statement Monday. "Today, it is our understanding that Mr. Trump is reassessing his commitment."

Mills said the party expects a decision Tuesday about the June 10th dinner in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

A spokesperson for Trump did not immediately return a request for comment.

Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Iowa
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Republican Robber Baron

    Ooopsie Daisy...the self-promoting narcissist lost the wind from his sails after his right-wing nut agenda of birthers got debunked.

    Glad finally the media circus around Trump is pretty much over. The GOP hail mary was a desperate attempt to shake things up. In reality it just exposed both the GOP and Trump as frauds.

    May 16, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Wes B.

    Who's Donald Trump?

    May 16, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Terry

    So, with that I bid you farewell. "OK Scotty, beam me up".

    May 16, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Gary from Houston

    Trump sounds a lot like Gump – Forest Gump.

    May 16, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Trump is only trying to fix his image that he's important by declining and you would do the same if you took that brusing beatdown he got at Obama's dinner. All is Trump cards are folding and where's that financial exhibit he promised.

    May 16, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. keylargo

    Yes, "politics", just weren't the right thing for Trump, he wants to go back to what he really loves, "scamming people"! or maybe his other love "being Ronald McDonald!

    May 16, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Naldo

    So I suppose all the GOP attendees with sponsored trips will go to the strips clubs instead, huh....???

    May 16, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Cruzan Obama Mama

    WOW...Repubs you need to get your act together. This is becoming downright embarrassing. Where are your quality candidates with reasonable ideas & motives? This is just SAD!!!

    May 16, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. vet in texas

    "ha ha" – Nelson from the Simpsons

    May 16, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. LIZ

    obviously, he has not received enough attention on his reality show. it just goes to show you how the american public can be led around by the nose. can we become any less intelligent as a whole?

    May 16, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. OneMoreTime

    Backed out of David Letterman show
    Backed out of NASCAR
    Backing out of dinner with in Iowa
    Backed over the cliff.

    May 16, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Frank Trevino

    Another great day in the U.S., memories of May 1, 2011. I guess he realized if he were president, he could not benefit from filing for Bankruptcy in the name of the United States of America. He will just stay in the private sector, where he can build up his Bankruptcy Portfolio. What a great month, May 2011, first Osama, then Trump.

    May 16, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. Angy

    trump just shows what a chump he is. Please he is such a joke. he can't take the heat. he got really quite after POTUS went after him. yeah let him to back to running the business of the buildings that bear his name that he doesn't own. he is a big blowhard fraud!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. GaryB

    I think the White House Correspondents Dinner really shook him. Like Sarah Palin, he's one of those guys that can dish it out, but he just can't take it.

    May 16, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. G Smith

    Donald Trump is the PT Barnum of 2011. Barnum's quote of "A sucker is born every minute" comes to mind.

    May 16, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    The scary thing is so many GOP/Tea Party wingnuts actually took Trump's brief run for the nomination seriously. Makes you wonder if a truly serious and qualified candidate have a chance in the GOP presidential primary.

    May 16, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. wag

    Ovviously, his birther ploy did not work, Obama one upped him at the WH dinner.
    so, can;t take the heat, get out of the kitchen, good thing he did !

    May 16, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. mikeb

    No surprise, bucko... It was always about the "brand", not the country.

    May 16, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. T'sah from Virginia

    TRUMPET had to do something – his show was LOSING listeners and his salary was in jeopardy!!! He knew he could NEVER be president – he just wanted to "make some noise" and create his own reality show !!

    May 16, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  20. Mr. Marcus

    Trump is full of shasta.

    Trump said he'd spend $500M of his own money to run for President. The only problem, HE DOESN"T HAVE $500M liquid to spend and no one with any sense was going to give this 64 year old Super Egotist any campaign contributions to defray the cost. Once he relaized this, given how much he worships what little money he has, there was no way Donald Chump was going to run.

    Trump isn't a conservative, he is an opportunist. Remember, this is a man that favored a 15% tax on the net worth of people to pay off the national debt. That borders on socialism, according to the Tea Party types. Trump was pro-choice when he thought he might knock up a floozie and need to be able to terminate a pregnacy legally. How can a man that has been married thrice, bankrupt FOUR times have any credibility among so-called conservatives in Iowa?

    As John McEnroe says, "You CAN NOT be serious:!

    May 16, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |