Trump Organization Chairman and CEO
February 10, 2011
[DEMOCRACY IN ACTION Transcript]
[Music: The O'Jays "For the Love of Money" which is the theme
song for "The Apprentice"]
what a nice group. Beautiful. Thank you very much.
Great to be here.
These are my people. This is beautiful.
Trump: Thank you
Let me begin by thanking CPAC for the opportunity to address so many of
you today. It's a wonderful forum and an honor to be here.
Thank you very much. [applause]
While I'm not at this time a candidate for the presidency, I will
decide by June whether or not I will become one.
And I will tell you the reason that I'm thinking about it is that the
United States has become a whipping post for the rest of the
world. The world is treating us without respect; they are not
treating us properly. [applause]
America today is missing quality leadership and foreign countries have
quickly realized this. It's for this reason that the United
States is becoming the laughingstock of the world. Now whether we
like it or don't like it, that's what's happening. I deal with
people from China. I deal with people from Mexico. They
cannot believe what they're getting away with.
I've said on numerous occasions that countries like China, like India,
South Korea, Mexico, and the OPEC nations view our leaders as weak and
ineffective and have repeatedly taken advantage of them to the tune of
hundreds of billions of dollars a year.
When they talk about raising your taxes, they talk about—I think raise
the taxes on some of these countries that are taking advantage of the
United States. [applause]
Over the years, I've participated in many battles and have really
almost come out very, very victorious every single time. I've
beaten many people and companies and I've won many wars. I have
fairly but intelligently earned many billions of dollars which in a
sense was both a scorecard and acknowledgment of my abilities.
During my lifetime I've—a little different, right? A little
different than what you've been hearing. [laughter, applause]
During my lifetime, I've always been told that a person of great
accomplishment and achievement cannot become a politician or run for
political office because there are too many enemies, both very smart
and not so smart, strewn along this highway to success.
People who have been in wars—and this is war. Life is pleasant,
but it can be war. People who have been in wars, even the most
successful of them, leave themselves open to great criticism from the
many that they have beaten and those that have watched the battles.
The fact is, this theory of a very successful person running for office
is rarely tested because most successful people don't want to be
scrutinized or abused. And that's what happens. If you see
it, that's what happens. And this is why we don't have the kind
of people that we should have running for office.
Unfortunately however, this is the kind of person that the country
needs, and they need it now. We don't have time to wait 25 years
and get the right— This country is in serious trouble. We
need it now. [applause]
Our current president came out of nowhere, came out of nowhere.
In fact I'll go a step further. The people who went to school
with him, they never save him; they don't know who he is. [cheers,
With no track record, and I will tell you, he's got nothing to
criticize—you've got no record, you can't be criticized.
Wonderful guy, he's a nice man, but there was no record, nothing to
criticize. He didn't go in wars, he didn't go in battles, he didn't
beat this one, that one, have enemies all over the place. Nobody
knew who the hell he was. [audience reaction] He's now our
president; he's our president.
But he is our president.
Business Week magazine, which
is now Bloomberg Business,
said in a vote of its readers that Donald Trump was the world's most
competitive businessperson. I don't know if that's true or not,
but that's what the readers said, with Bill Gates number two and Warren
Buffett number three. Steve Forbes stated that I was one of the
greatest entrepreneurs in the history of free trade. That's an
important word, free trade. Because we don't have free
trade. We don't have free trade. We don't have fair trade,
and I'm a fair trade believer. I love open markets, but not when
China's manipulating their currency. Not when all of these other
factors are taking place. [applause] Thank you.
And I can tell you, I'm a big buyer of products. I build
buildings and other things. And so many of those products
unfortunately come from China, and other countries, but we are
re-building China. We're rebuilding China. You go to China
right now, they're building the biggest airports in the world, the
greatest airports, the best everything. And they're doing it
because we buy so much of their product. And the reason we buy
their product is because their currency is so low and they have it
artificially so low that it makes it almost impossible for our
companies to compete. Now I'll tell you the one thing that's very
important. Our companies make a better product. That's very
important to know. We make a better product. [applause]
So with Steve Forbes, and with the Business Week statement, considering
the shape the United States is in right now, we need a competitive
person, we need a highly competent person or we're going to have very,
very serious trouble very quickly. [cheers, applause]
I've said on numerous occasions that we should watch China and OPEC
because, by the way, worse than China, worse than everyone—OPEC.
They are truly ripping us. And you know, I wrote it down, coming
over here today. One of my people in the car said, oh my gosh
look at that— He actually didn't use the word gosh, [some
laughs], but I'm going to use it. Four dollars and fifty four
cents a gallon for gas. Right on the sticker. 4.54 for
gas. It's going to go much higher, folks; get used to it.
Because we have nobody that calls up OPEC—and they're only there
because of us; we protect them. We have nobody that calls
up OPEC and say that price better get lower, and it better get lower
fast. We have nobody that does that. [applause] They have a
free rein, they have a free rein and it's amazing. You know the
other day there was a small leak in the Alaska pipeline. I said
watch, OPEC will announce an increase. They did. Just a
small leak. Lasted like half a day. They announced an
increase. Any time there's a problem. Now Egypt. They
had the whole situation in Egypt, people in the square, OPEC announced
increase. There was a— Any time there's a little problem,
they announce, and nobody says anything. Nobody says it's
unwarranted. Anyway, so you have to watch OPEC. You have to
tell OPEC, folks those prices are coming down, and they're coming down
fast. And we're not going to be paying 7 and 8 and 9 dollars,
which believe me in a year or two from now, you're going to be paying
that, as sure as you're sitting there because we have nobody to speak
How about this? This morning I'm leaving New York, and Germany is
buying the New York Stock Exchange. Can you believe it? I
thought it was kidding. I said is this April Fool's Day.
Germany, a major company in Germany is buying the New York Stock
How about the Somali pirates? Now you know that doesn't really
pertain to us. How simple would that be if we had a good
admiral. Give me one good admiral and a couple of good
ships. We'd blast them out of the water so fast. [applause]
So I have a reputation for telling it like it is, I'm known for my
candor, I've had a lot of great victories, and I may be willing to put
that to work. I mean I wish that—frankly I wish there was a
candidate that I saw that would be fantastic, because I love what I'm
doing. In fact I have a great club that's 15 minutes away—
Shouts from audience:
Trump: By the way Ron
Paul cannot get elected. I'm sorry to tell you.
Audience: Mix of
uproar and applause.
And you know what else? I like Ron Paul. I think he's a
good guy, but honestly he has just zero chance of getting
elected. You have to win an election.
Audience: Uproar and
Trump: And I can tell
you this. If I run and if I win, this country will be respected
again. This country will be respected again. I can tell you
I graduated from the Wharton School of Finance, which is the best
business school, in my opinion, but I graduated from the Wharton School
of Finance as well as military school. Both of those educational
backgrounds have come into play to shape my personal and business
relationship with what I do, who I do it with. There are tactics
and strategies involved in any form of leadership, and I'm well
acquainted with both. I am also well acquainted with winning, and
that's what this country needs now: winning. [cheers, applause]
Just very briefly, I'm pro-life. [cheers, applause] I'm against
gun control [applause]. I agree with your previous speaker.
And I will fight to end Obamacare and replace it [cheers, applause]
—replace it with something that makes sense for people in business and
not bankrupt the country. [cheers, applause]
If I decide to run, I will not be raising taxes. [cheers,
applause] We'll be taking in hundreds of billions of dollars from
other countries that are screwing us. [cheers, applause] We'll be
creating vast numbers of productive jobs. [cheers] Thank you very
much. And we'll rebuild our country so that we can be
proud. Our country will be great again. Thank you very
much; it's an honor. [applause]
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