Trump on 'The View': Romney's $10,000 Bet Was a Mistake

Monday, 12 Dec 2011 03:54 PM

By Martin Gould

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Presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a mistake by attempting to make a $10,000 bet with rival Rick Perry during Saturday night’s presidential debate, property mogul Donald Trump says.

Voters don’t like to hear people talk about how rich they are, Trump said today during an appearance on the ABC show “The View.” “I don’t talk about how rich I am. Other people do. I don’t want to talk about how rich I am.”

Trump was on the show, hosted daily by veteran journalist Barbara Walters and several others, to promote his best-selling new book, “Time to Get Tough: Making America # 1 Again.”

Walters has nominated Trump as one of her 10 most fascinating people of 2011. He makes headlines on a daily basis, she said, adding: “He’s always making news.”

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Responding to a question from “The View” panel, the billionaire said he did not think that Newt Gingrich’s two divorces would hurt him as he runs for the presidency. “It was a huge factor 10 or 15 years ago,” said Trump, who, like Gingrich, is on his third marriage. “People are worried about jobs and the economy and they are worried about where the world is going. It might be a factor for a very small group of people but overall, it’s not a big factor.”

The Trump debate will feature Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Of the other candidates, Trump said he is most disappointed in Michele Bachmann.

“She came up to Trump Tower four times — I said ‘No, not again,’ and she kept coming . . . She was on somebody’s show, and she said very nicely that I should be her vice president, and then she doesn’t do the debate.”

When Walters asked Trump whether he could find anything nice to say about President Barack Obama, Trump replied, “I actually like him in a lot of ways. I do like him as a person.”

But he said at the time of Obama’s election, he thought he would be a “great cheerleader for this country,” even if he didn’t turn out to be a great president.

“I have never seen this country so divided as it is now — maybe it is the Republicans as well, it’s certainly not just his fault — but the country is divided and the world is taking advantage of us and they’re taking away our wealth.

“You go to some of these countries and their streets are paved in gold and we have potholes. We’ve done a very poor job with China, they’re manipulating their currency, they’re taking our jobs, they’re making our products and they are laughing at us. They think we are so stupid they can’t believe it.”

Trump, who also was on Walters’ “fascinating” list in 2004, joins an elite group of people who have made it more than once. Actor Tom Cruise is the only person to be nominated three times, while Hillary Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jennifer Lopez, Rush Limbaugh, and Tiger Woods are among a handful who have been on the list twice. Walters has compiled the annual list since 1993, although she had a hiatus in 2000 and 2001.

The TV show in which Walters will announce the most fascinating person will air at 9:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday on ABC.

Also on this year’s list are former presidential candidate Herman Cain; the Kardashian family; baseball star Derek Jeter; singer Katy Perry; Prince William’s sister-in-law, Pippa Middleton; TV personality Simon Cowell; actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet from the show “Modern Family;” and Amanda Knox, the American woman released from an Italian jail after being acquitted of murder on appeal.

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