Trump: If I were treasury secretary...
August 8th, 2011
10:28 AM ET
11 years ago

Trump: If I were treasury secretary...

(CNN) - Donald Trump responded Monday to Mike Huckabee's suggestion that he serve as treasury secretary, predicting who would be hurt most by the potential appointment.

"I'll tell you, it would be very painful for China, it would be very painful for OPEC, it would be very painful for many of the countries that are just ripping us off," the real estate mogul said on Fox News.

Former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee, who first made the suggestion last week, reiterated his call Monday morning, saying current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has "failed the economy and failed this president."

"The president needs to have him walk the plank, if not for policy reasons, he needs to do it for the political optics," Huckabee said on Fox News. "And bringing Donald Trump in is a real optical game changer."

Geithner announced Sunday he would remain in his post through the 2012 election.

Although Trump seemingly dismissed the suggestion, he showered Huckabee, the former 2008 GOP presidential candidate, with praise.

"I think he would have gotten the nomination personally [in 2012], but you know he had lots of considerations," Trump said. "So, he said that, I'm greatly honored."

Huckabee and Trump decided against bids for the White House earlier this year after public flirtations. Criticism of China and OPEC were oft-heard lines from Trump as he traveled to early presidential voting states mulling a bid.

Filed under: Donald Trump • Mike Huckabee • Tim Geithner
soundoff (327 Responses)
  1. Lando

    I bet you this bimbo is dying to get into golf courses contracts in China and can't get one...after all he said the Chinese were

    August 8, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. LouAz

    This "report" belongs in the ENTERTAINMENT Section. Donald Trump is an entertainer, not a politican.

    August 8, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Joshua Ludd

    Or we could just do it the way Trump has done it with his own empire... declare bankruptcy.

    August 8, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. hector maldonado

    Dear CNN,
    please stop talking to this moron. Didn't his behavior earlier this year not make it clear that this is not a serious citizen let alone a serious option for office. His opinion should be worth nothing. CnN would be better off interviewing average middleclass Americans and getting their take on what is happening with our country.
    C'mon already, I was shocked to see this network interviewing this quack after how he manipulated the whole birthe/will i run issue.
    Please be bigger and better than this fool.

    August 8, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    @New Age Independent: "Can it be any more obvious that Democrats will never hold themselves accountable for anything?"

    The Democrats are NOT accountable for this. You can repeat the Republican tactic of claiming something is true simply because you want it to be so; that doesn't change reality (at least for people who actually use their brains, it doesn't).

    August 8, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. TimD

    Huckabee's suggestion that Trump would be a good treasury secretary, along with Trump's response, just reaffirms that Huckabee wouldn't have made a good president and is out of his league on finance issues.

    August 8, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Harry Baxter

    The only difference between Donald trump and Sarah Palin is that Mamma Grizzly would be good in the sack.

    August 8, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    @Done With You All: The American people in 2008 elected a Democratic president and Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.

    The Republicans and the teabaggers have done everything they can since to block the will of the people.

    YOU are the ones out of step; YOU are the ones being unpatriotic; YOU are the destroyers.

    Just because YOU can't accept this reality, doesn't mean it isn't true.

    August 8, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. thepreacher

    Yes, with his wealth of personal experience Trump would resolve things very quickly. The US would declare bankruptcy, default, fire Meatloaf, and then propose to a 23-year old bimbo with a 40-carat ring.

    August 8, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Arun

    Correction, it was the current administration that failed this country, it was the previous republican administration that failed the country!! Republicans enjoy blaming everyone else besides themselves. Lets see, deregulation of the banking industry and housing industries; 2 wars that weren't paid for; Medicare Part D; tax breaks for the millionaires and and billionaires. So when I repube blames others, they should just look in the mirror and talk to themselves!! The funny part is, they still want to continue with the policies that put us in this mess and certain american people believe them because they just don't know better.

    August 8, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. A Kickin' Donkey

    I can only imagine that the blithering Blitzer let Trump go on and on about how "great" he is and he "really really is this or that".

    Where are the qualified journalists on television that have even some minor mental ability to stratch a little bit beneath the veneer and expose the half-truths & full lies of someone like Trump? Where is the next Cronkite - a person that would never get distracted by the "shiny thing" - to probe Trump and make him put forth details instead of making bombastic statements.

    OPEC this / China that. What, PRECISELY would you do Trumpy? Lord knows I'd want to review anything you came up with before letting it see the light of day. You are not ready for prime time, unless of course we're talking abot Saturday Night Live.

    August 8, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. JJ

    Shut your piehole, nimrod.

    August 8, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Liz

    This from the King of Bankruptcies???

    August 8, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Jeffrey W Brown

    I want to start this off by saying, I cannot stand Donald Trump. With that said, you people who say he is a terrible businessman are bigger idiots than you claim him to be. He is worth a ton, and the feature of the article. You are commenting on it, and probably don't make the interest his checking account would in a year.

    August 8, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Rich

    Why do people think Trump knows how to do anything besides promote himself?

    August 8, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. LegendRx

    Who woke up the baby? We finally got him to shut up and go to sleep. Where is that Huckabee . . . Somewhere laughing.

    August 8, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Oldie in TampaBay

    One idiot leading another. Huckabee & Trump belong together.

    August 8, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Grundoon

    Now he says that he wants to make a run for POTUS as an independent! This is great! Thanks, The Donald! And my birthday isn't for another 3 weeks.

    Obama 2012!!!

    August 8, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. LiLa

    What was Huckabee thinking?

    August 8, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. PR

    Donald would have the U.S. in bankruptcy court, cause that's where he's spends a lot of his time. The donald has been sniffing too much of his hair spray again.

    August 8, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Beverly - NYC

    Sorry Mr. Bankruptcy you would not pass the credit check for the job. Painful for Opec and China, I'm sure they are shaking in their shoes at the prospect of tough talk for you and your hair. Do you have a Trump oil reserve to make up for what the US wil loose when OPEC has had enough of your lip. Face it Trump the USA is not the top dog any more, OPEC does not have to sell too us there are a billion chinese and just as many Indians to buy their product. Please Mr. Trump, think before opening your pie whole, the rest of us will enjoy the silence .

    August 8, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. CAL USA

    Most of us already knew that Trump is a clown and totally unfit (by intelligence, character or ethics) from any national office. By anointing him, however, Governor Huckabee has removed any doubts we may have had regarding his fitness for the same.

    August 8, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. LegendRx

    The republican only can do what the American people allow them to do, so just vote them out in 2012. Take bake your country. We were on the right track moving forward, slowly but forward. The republican party through a monkey wrench in the mechanics. Get rid of the whole lot.

    August 8, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. HawHaw

    Look at me Im Donald Trump why arent you paying attention to me.

    August 8, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. LegendRx

    Sorry for bad spelling, Let's try this again. The republicans only can do what the American people allow them to do, so just vote them out in 2012. Take back your country. We were on the right track moving forward, slowly but forward. The republican party threw a monkey wrench into the mechanics. Get rid of the whole lot.

    August 8, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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