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. Sid Prejean

    What does "optical game changer" mean?
    Is that something that looks like a good idea initially, but is in reality an invitation to disaster?
    Or is it something that looks like real hair initially but is in reality part of a long-dead fox?
    Just asking.

    August 8, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    GI Joe

    blah blah blah blah blah blah
    Now THERE'S a well thought out comment.

    August 8, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. American

    The man who's been on the brink of BANKRUPTCY MULTIPLE TIMES.
    Over-leveraged, over-developed and bad taste. No.

    August 8, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Did you not see the birth certificate?

    August 8, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. sue

    This man can't even comb his hair right...... trying to comb over his bald spot......he would do the same if he was in any official office.......just comb over the problems with his big ego......he is as crooked or even more crooked than the politicans we already have......just because he has made millions in his crooked deals doesn't mean we need more of that in Washington.

    August 8, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. jk from MN

    This from a man who's been down the bankruptcy path how many times????

    August 8, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Bill in VA

    Trumps full comments were not included here but he made one outstanding point. When Obama gets the opportunity to replace Geithner he should replace him with someone competent from the private sector. That is one of the principal short comings of Obama's appointees. Inadequate representation from the private sector. Not that they all have to be from the private sector but I sure would always like that in my economic team.

    August 8, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Dan

    Couldnt be any worse than the jokers piling up +$14 TRILLION in debt....

    But this move has the feel of that "Idiocracy" movie, where the country is just uber dumb and everyone ruling is absolutely dumb.

    August 8, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Ernie

    Let me tell everyone if the United States wanted to pay of the "Debt" the United States could go back to the "Gold Standard" and pay off the Debt.

    Everyone should go to "Google" and check out what country has the largest "God Depository" in the world and everyone will find out it's the United States. As of last month when I checked on google it said the United States has close to 10,000 tons of "Gold" at Fort Knox, that's not counting the "God Depository" in New York. Everyday the "God Depository" get larger and larger so if you multply 10,000 tons by 2000, that's how many pounds that are in a ton you woould get 20 million pounds of gold. So if push comes to shove the United States can pay of the "Debt" buy using "Gold".

    August 8, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Lejaune

    Sure, he can hurt China, and he can hurt OPEC, but he would have to hurt America first. The only way to hurt China is to devalue the dollar and by doing so, everything will be more expensive. It will be like cutting pay by half for every American, the rich or the poor. Donald knows nothing about economics and Huckster is a small town preacher, who knows Bible but not much else.

    August 8, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. TommiGI

    Hey Don, would it be very painful for Israel? I doubt it.

    August 8, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Tony in Maine

    Trump says, if I were Secretary of the Treasury, the first thing I'd do is ship the contents of Fort Knox to a vault somewhere in Switzerland or maybe the Bahamas, then I'd declare bankruptcy and disappear until I was broke again.

    August 8, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    OMG...this dude had his own company problem a few years back!! If it was not for the branding of his NAME he wouldn't matter!! Therefore GO SIT DOWN!!!

    August 8, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Max

    I know Huckabee. The guy is rude and just as bad, if not worse, than the Tea Party. And to make Trump Treasurer, great idea. We then wouldn't be talking about money, we wouldn't have any to talk about. It would all be in Trump's pocketss

    August 8, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. New World

    How many Bankruptcies have you gone through Donald? How many people have you left holding the bag in these bankruptcies Donald? Donald Trump is a high level welfare recipient. Donald is a big part of the problem, Donald is not a solution to the problem. Donald… you're fired!!!

    August 8, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. MiddleOfTheRoad

    Muzzle Huckabee and make Trump go away.

    August 8, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  17. Fred

    Trump needs to take a dump.

    August 8, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. Howard

    Funny words coming from the king of Chapter 11!

    August 8, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Thor

    Let's see... hmm... the United States debt to income ratio is not good. The debt is in the unimaginable outer reaches of the Universe (trillions... gazillions? ...what comes next?) And the guys with the big names of Secretary Treasury have done little other than continue to agree to raise the debt ceiling (spend more than we make) and allow China to run ripshot over us.... So, we would be worse off with Trump? Let's see, who has come out of bankruptcy several times? Who has made a quintillion off of foreign heads of state in real estate? Who remains the fantasy darling of boardroom theatrics in Hollywood? I think Trump is probably not the worst we could do. He probably would be the terror that China does not want to see....

    August 8, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. PD.

    CNN, why do you give this blowhard a platform? Seriously?

    August 8, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Cedar Rapids

    This is the guy who applied for planning permission on land he doesn't even own, and put up a fence around someone's property and then charged them for doing it.

    August 8, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. Billy

    What is our obsession with thinking that celebrities can actually run our country? If Trump were treasurer, it would be VERY PAINFULL.

    Seriously, our country sucks, half of the people that live here are just ignorant. Between celebrities like Palin and Trump and the Tea Party hell bent on making us default, the US is definitely on the decline.

    August 8, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. SilverHair

    Where did he get 'educated'?

    August 8, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Chris

    Is anyone surprised? Trump knows plenty about not paying his bills. I think there are some contractors in Atlantic City still waiting for their money, Donald. Oh, that's right, you just declare bankruptcy and restructure while they get put out of business.

    August 8, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. FrankInKy

    Ha, ha, ha, ha...GROAN.
    I laugh because the baffoon is (unlike me) a republican and I like to see repubs making fools of themselves.
    I groan because the baffoon is (like me) an American and I hate to see an American make a fool of himself.

    August 8, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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