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Trump to GOP: Unite and Defeat Obamacare 'Monster'

Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 04:58 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Donald Trump has called on divided Republican lawmakers to unite and defund the Affordable Care Act, which he fears will "shut down the government" if not stopped.

"The hard part for the Republicans is you have a group of people who want to do it and you have a group … [who] don't want to do it and that puts the ones that want to do it in a very bad position," Trump told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"You really need to be unified if you're going to do this . . . They have the chips — that's what I do for a living, it's called negotiation — and they should use the chips because they may not have another chance."

Trump disputes the argument by some GOP lawmakers who oppose defunding that they would be blamed for a government shutdown if federal spending is held hostage.

"Obamacare is a disaster. Obamacare will shut down the government of its own weight pretty soon if we don't do something about it," he said.

"The Republicans have tremendous leverage at this point . . . This is the time and they have to do something about it . . . Approve a budget, but I would not include Obamacare in the budget.

"That way, at some point they'll have to make a decision. Do we get rid of this monster, which is an absolute monster — and by the way the Democrats know about it 100 percent … how bad it is — or don't we get rid of it?"

Trump, who is again mulling the possibility of running for president in 2016, says he is not so sure that former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a Democratic shoo-in if she decides to run.

"I know Hillary very well and I know Bill [Clinton] very well. I have a theory that it's never going to be so easy. I've seen a lot of coronations take place that haven't taken place," he said.

"Actually, Hillary was going to get [the nomination] the last time and there was nobody in her way and [Barack] Obama came along and Obama snatched [the nomination]. So a lot of early coronations don't mean a lot."

Trump said if he does run, "I would spend whatever I thought it was necessary. The Republicans have to win … We have to turn this country around."

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Sounding like a candidate, the billionaire real-estate developer then discussed his disappointment in the Obama administration.

On the temporary shutdown of American embassies in response to an al-Qaida threat, Trump told Steve Malzberg: "I wasn't thrilled with it, obviously . . . Who is?"

On the government’s failure to capture the killers of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in the Benghazi attack, Trump said: "We know who did it and that we don't go and take these people out is incredible."

On Russia’s embrace of fugitive Edward Snowdon, who fled the United States after spilling classified information about the National Security Agency’s anti-terrorism surveillance of phone and email records, Trump said that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin "has no respect for Obama."

"He has been walking all over the president. He is using that Snowden character, who I happen to think is a terrible guy and a total traitor and he should be tried . . . under the strictest laws . . ."

But Trump is opposed to a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics set to be held in Russia.
"I don't see that. That's unfair to a lot of people, including the athletes in particular," he said.

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