Trump calls U.S. leaders "stupid"

WASHINGTON Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:51pm EDT

Real estate magnate and television personality Donald Trump speaks to a group of Republican organisations at the Treasure Island hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

Real estate magnate and television personality Donald Trump speaks to a group of Republican organisations at the Treasure Island hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada April 28, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York businessman and possible Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called U.S. political leadership "stupid" and used the "F" word several times in remarks in Las Vegas on Thursday.

According to videos of the remarks, Trump's speech at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino targeted the U.S. relationship with China, OPEC countries, and Saudi Arabia, while lauding his own accomplishments.

"When people are screwing you, you don't give them state dinners," Trump said of China. "We have weak, pathetic leadership. We have incompetent leadership."

"Our leaders are stupid," Trump said. "They are stupid people. Its very, very sad."

Trump's political spokesman Michael Cohen defended his boss's choice of language and his tone in the speech.

"Mr Trump was asked to speak in Las Vegas and he clearly felt very strongly about the topic," Cohen said. "Mr. Trump is a patriot -- nothing gets him madder that watching America fall apart in front of his nose."

Trump has not officially declared his candidacy although he has made appearances in New Hampshire, the first primary state, and is putting together what appears to be a campaign team.

A Treasure Island Hotel and Casino Spokeswoman said that at least 1,000 people attended the event in a ballroom provided by Trump's friend, business partner and owner of the resort Phil Ruffin.

Trump used the "F" word several times during the speech and made at least one bawdy joke about male testicles. He also said that he would put tariffs on Chinese imports. "Listen mother------, we're going to tax you 25 percent," he said.

(Reporting by Wendell Marsh, additional reporting in New York by Mark Egan, Edited by Greg McCune)

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Comments (124)
BuckeyeNick wrote:
What’s “very,very sad” is that this guy is trivializing our problems. He loves publicity, it helps him sell his various ventures, but has about as much chance of being elected President as Berny Madoff.

Apr 29, 2011 2:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
rgarn wrote:
Charging a 25% tariff? Well regardless of how good or bad of an idea that was, Mr. Trump just killed his candidacy he will not be able to find a single high profile donor after that fluke of words…

Apr 29, 2011 2:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tobin.Grimmer wrote:
Well, Looks like he calls them like he sees them. When our current “Statesmen” say the things and do the things they do. It’s a wonder that Guam has not capsized. And we voted for that moron? And he is still there? maybe we’re the stupid ones.

And as for his language. Really, who here has not heard or said the “F” word? Are we really shocked… At least he’s not doing it to interns like some. Oh yeah, that’s right, He NEVER had sexual relations with that woman. He didn’t inhale either.

The United States needs to be run like a business. Who better than a business man to run it. Perhaps we would be in better shape around the world if we weren’t so broke.

Apr 29, 2011 2:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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