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. TripleA

    Trump as Tres. Sec? It's a little late for April Fools jokes, isn't it?

    August 8, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. bubba

    A country that pays attention to Trump is probably too stupid to deserve a AAA rating.

    August 8, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Ibamaliar

    The no good Obama supporters they flock to these sites to make their one word quirks for they know not what to say. If I was as ignorant as them I'd stay off this machine.

    August 8, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Joe citizen abroad

    Trump in the Treasury? That's like fighting fire with gasoline. Is there no one in the Republican party with an ounce of common sense?

    August 8, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. JS

    Donald- In? Out! In? Out! In? Out! Just do it already!! Ya know ya want it!

    August 8, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. Gemini Girl

    The Huckster & the Trumpster, two for the price of one. Think about it, folks, this country has really gone downhill with people like them around, and others like Bachmann, Newt, Pawlenty, Palin, etc. It's really sad. But we will come back economically, in spite of Tea-publicans. We are the greatest country in the world. And will be for some time. We have alot going for us. We just need to remember that....

    August 8, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Former Republican, now an Independent

    If Trump was Treasury Secretary, the country would claim bankruptcy twice, cheating everyone in the process and once again letting the taxpayer bail him out. The only winner would be Trump. This is Donald Trump's history and his way of doing business. A crook and nothing more!

    August 8, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    No thanks, we all ready have have plenty of jokes in Washington.

    August 8, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. 66Biker

    And Huck wonders why he didn't get elected President...

    August 8, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. jimbo

    Coming from a guy who uses foreign made materials in his projects is a joke. You are fired, along with your toupee.

    August 8, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. Brett in MN

    Seems doing business with Trump is painful for everyone. Why does the media keep shoving this loser bag of hot air down our throat?

    Beyond that, the very fact that his name came up for this on the Republican side shows they are completely insane.

    August 8, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. BobZemko

    It's not gonna happen, not even in the evil parallel universe, so don't worry everyone!!!!

    August 8, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Trump has yet to show us his long form birth certificate. He had one in his desk that he made with crayons...but I don't think Id trust someone born in Germany as our Treasury Secretary.

    August 8, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. guy from NM

    This is why this country needs to be downgraded, for plain stupidity. I`ll grade it at Z minus and it is probably not low enough. Stupid clowns babbling.

    August 8, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. dvdmc16

    Huckabee, Trump, and Fox "news": the former governor of the long-standing 2nd poorest state in the union complimenting a refugee from the Hairclub for Men all on the famous 3 stooges network.

    August 8, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    If Trump were..............he'd file for bankruptcy three times and claim it never happened – just like he did when Rosie called him out and then produced copies of his "executive filings" to support the claim.

    August 8, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Mike

    So Trump would finally bring "equality" to the China and OPEC relationships? If only for that reason sign him up.
    No President in recent history has ever had any backbone when it comes to China. And now they own more U.S. dept than anybody.
    I am just sickened by the current political system in this country. Do both parties with to push the U.S. into complete and total irrelevence? Sure seems like it.
    So to all you hoping for a Republican takeover in 2012 and those of you who voted in the current bum? You are certainly part of the problem we're in. The Repubs and Dems have driven this country into the perverbial sewer and y'all just keep voting them in. Shame on you. Now it will cost you, and you deserve every bit of it.

    August 8, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  18. Jose

    Donald, "YOU'RE FRIED".

    August 8, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  19. skarphace

    Just when we think this pompous blowhard is gone from prime news, an idiot brings him back in. Thanks, Huckabee! That was meant to be sarcastic. Thanks for not running for President, Huckabee! That was not.

    August 8, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |

    Being the president is like winning the lottery, u go from poor to rich and thats what its been about. They should make the president more responsable for what they do in office. Like, hang them, if they screw up

    August 8, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |

    Trump was born rich. his daddy was rich. all trump knows is realistate. U vote 4 Trump and im gone. out of this country. When people ask me where im from i tell them I had an accident and I dont remember nothing

    August 8, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  22. why

    why does cnn even lets its contributors write dumb articles like these. U know damn well this fool will never be elected in to any office.

    August 8, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |

    I think the ownr of the dallas mavericks is smater than trump. He wasnt born rich hes a selfmade Billionaire

    August 8, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |

    Wait a minute, im rolling a joint. Yup, thats funny alright. We have no leader. were doomed

    August 8, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  25. Robin Bray

    If I was... What donald? fFile for chapter 11 again? And again? And again? You can't even fix your hair.

    August 8, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
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