Donald Trump told GOP activists in Michigan that political fallout from the Obama administration scandals could help Republicans in the next two election cycles.
Trump said that the Obama administration is now dealing "with three scandals, and this is monumental."
The fallout from these scandals "could mean that 2014 is very good, and 2016 is good," Trump predicted at the Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day dinner on Tuesday night in Oakland County, Mich.
During his remarks and at a press briefing before the dinner, the multi-millionaire developer and host of TV's "The Apprentice" covered the Obama administration, the Republican presidential picture, Michigan politics, and even the fiscal situation in Detroit.
In discussing national politics, Trump — who flirted with a bid for the Republican presidential nomination last year — issued some warnings.
"We have to nominate the right candidate," Trump said. "We're not getting the right messenger yet. And we need to be careful on immigration, but we have to be right on that issue."
Noting the compassion that is involved in calls for immigration reform, Trump nonetheless emphasized his view that "if they opened up the doors, everyone will come in and they will all vote Democratic."
Turning to Michigan politics, Trump predicted the re-election of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who spoke before the developer and who is trailing in his reelection bid.
Trump strongly endorsed one of Snyder's most controversial moves: the appointment of an emergency manager for Detroit, whose oversight of city finances super-cedes the mayor and city council.
"This is the first step toward recovery of Detroit," said Trump, who has had several business projects in the Motor City. "Whatever it takes for the next step, I support. If we keep going the way we're going — in Detroit and in the nation — we're going to find it's very hard to recover."
Trump was also supremely confident of a Republican pickup for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, no matter the GOP nominee.
Most of the Michigan Republicans who spoke to Newsmax expressed nervousness as to whether a first-class candidate would run against the sure Democratic Senate nominee, Rep. Gary Peters.
But Trump told reporters at the news conference, "Look at the total gridlock in Washington. Normally incumbents have an advantage, but this year, I think they will have a disadvantage."
Noting that the brother and niece of 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney were in the audience, Trump said that he "would have made a great president." But, he quickly added, after helping Romney win the nomination, "the campaign did not use me in the general election. Maybe they thought I was too controversial."
Does Donald Trump have any political ambitions of his own? Asked by reporters before this speech, he recalled how people "urge me to run because they know I tell the truth" and that on his Twitter account, "I have 2.5 million followers and most of them say 'run for president.'"
But Trump said it was "highly unlikely" that he would make another presidential bid "because I love what I'm doing."
"They said a business show would never succeed. 'The Apprentice' had a great finale and is going into its 14th season," Trump said.
Before and after his remarks, Trump demonstrated why he was a "draw." Guests crowded around Trump for pictures and he patiently stayed long after he finished speaking.
Dinner chairman David Trott said his efforts to book "The Donald" as the annual event's speaker were worth it.
"It's the biggest Lincoln Day dinner in the history of this country," Trott exclaimed to the full house of more than 2,300 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich.
Oakland County GOP consultant Stu Sandler told Newsmax, "I was right up near Mr. Trump and people were just coming there to touch him."
Even the minister giving the dinner's invocation got caught up in "Trump-mania." Pastor Kent Clark called upon God to "send an e-mail from heaven to the IRS and tell them 'You're fired!'"
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax
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