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. Shirley In California

    Someone please throw this buffoon some bananas. I sure enjoyed life without him.

    August 8, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. logic in LA

    The biggest loser would be American citizens. This man's answer to everything is bankruptcy. Sure, he's made money but under a corporate veil that has allowed him to not pay creditors for one property while buying others. It's legal but he has screwed more people than a pro athlete.

    August 8, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. michaelszoo

    File this one under "Who cares".

    August 8, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Discernment


    It is not enough that Maverick Senator John McCain brought that Airhead Idiot Sarah Palin on to the national stage by selecting her to be V.P. of the United States during the 2008 election . . . .

    . . . . but now the dumb Arkansas preacher who can't spell "Compassionate Christian Conservative" without spotting him the "C, T, N, I, and A", has the audacity to suggest Donald "Chapter-11" Trump replace U.S. Treasury Tim Geithner. You have got to be kidding me. The same Donald Trump who filed three major bankruptcies and many smaller Chapter-11's while leaving the tab with hardworking middle-class Americans.

    August 8, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. William

    I still don't see much of a choice to choose from in the candidates being offered to run for any office! We get celebrities, encumbants and career politicians to choose from and if this keeps up this may be the good old days cause it can go from bad to worst!

    August 8, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. jim

    " ... it would be very painful for many of the countries that are just ripping us off"

    this, from the "man" who bragged about screwing a foreign head of state. didn't he say he was going to produce his financial statement if/when obama showed his birth certificate? well, where is that financial record?

    August 8, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Florida Joe

    Treasury Secretary, right. How many times have you filed bankruptcy? Yea you're perfiect for the job. All you do is flap your gums to be paid by Faux News...........You were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, all the money in the world and yet with your keen business intellect you took how many companies into bankruptcy??? Yea perfect....Go away and find a decent hairpiece

    August 8, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. carly

    Palin, Bachmann, Trump. Why does anyone listen to anything they have to say. Palin is a loser and quitter, Bachmann is a right wing nut accepting government handouts while denouncing the same and Trump has made so many bad business decisions that it is a wonder he is still standing.

    August 8, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Wise1Speak

    IDIOTIC . . . DUMB . . . STUPID

    For Huckabee to suggest that U.S. Treasury Tim Geithner be replaced by Donald "Bankruptcy" Trump is the epitome of stupidity.

    Trump is a 3-time bankruptcy filer. Almost everything Trump claims to own is a lie. Trump just rent towers and put his name on it and then reaps the benefits of his name. And when a project Donald runs collapse (as they so often do), he files chapter-11 and tries again at another location – – thereby leaving the taxpayers stuck with the bill.


    August 8, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. RexCraigo

    Easy enough donald, but this country needs billions of dollars from China and there's no way around it.

    August 8, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    "Said the low-information voter that consistently votes against his own self-interest to the Republicons delight....."
    Hey Kreskin – how in the world do you know what their – or anyone else's – best interests are?

    August 8, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. ohnomrbill

    Mr. Trump, OPEC is not a country. You called it one on CNN last week as well. Go back to reality television.

    August 8, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Marie MD

    The birther king of bankruptcies speaks and nobody is listening. This ego maniac called in to CNBC last night gongivd his unwanted position and he just couldn't stop talking. Of course, he did have timde to blame the President and not the teabaggers. I coukdn't believe the fools from cnbc starting sith maria bartolomeo or whatever her name ix!

    August 8, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. mdn

    The carnival must be back in town! I can hear the barkers again. Thump knows default well, as he has declared bankruptcy more than once. That's why it is no surprise that he is the choice of the uninformed.

    August 8, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. jdog

    he's only done what he's done through shameless self promotion, he's been bankrupt and walked away from bad financial blunders, MANY....and you want that guy as the economic lead? More of the same then....DO you have ANYONE with any sensibilities there?

    August 8, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Skitownrefugee

    Yes Great Idea Huck! While you're at it – why don't you recommend Palin for Secretary of Defense, Backman for Secretary of State, Gingrich for HUD, and Romney as special envoy to Mars.

    August 8, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. AqChicago

    Most importantly, Trump being elected to any official position will be the most painful thing to happen to the America!

    August 8, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    "Said the low-information voter that consistently votes against his own self-interest to the Republicons delight....."
    This is how Democrats keep getting elected and why our country and many states are bankrupt. The democrats keep promising more and more to those on the government dole and unions. These people then vote "for their self interests", aka more handouts that others pay for. Let the country be damned. Thank you for destroying our country with your self serving greed.

    August 8, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. berndog

    It looks like some people just don't know how many businesses and how many times they go into bankruptcy. I don't care at all for Trump's personality, but I think it's time to get some business people in government to clean up the wasteful spending

    August 8, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. Igal

    I would not let Trump care for my dog, much less run this economy or country. He is an idiot-savant who can run a business and make money, and other than that -- he is an IDIOT!

    August 8, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Boytjie

    Well, Huckabee has the option of running for president and then he can appoint trump as his Treasure Secretary. Well, good luck with selling that combination. Oh, wait, he isn't running, so who cares what he has to say?

    August 8, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. TM

    And how many times has The Combover gone bankrupt? I doubt he would be a legitimate candidate for Treasury given his own disastrous financial history.

    August 8, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. andrea

    yall are crazy...

    We need a BUSINESSMAN in there....we need a BUSINESSMAN to run the country...plain and simple...give the man a chance...has anyone done BETTER? NO? Ok then, move along this country burn to the ground....

    August 8, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Moby49

    These two seers should run as the repub ticket. I am sure all the US problems would be solved in the first week of their administration.

    August 8, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Gary Swanson

    The midle-class gets crushed, education becomes a joke, infra-structure crumbles ... but at least Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton won't see their taxes go up and that's important!

    August 8, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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