Billionaire and potential presidential candidate Donald Trump says he cannot fathom why President Barack Obama did not push for a 2011 budget plan last October when he could have “gotten anything he wanted.” Trump also told Fox News’ Greta van Susteren Monday that the debt ceiling should not be raised because it is time to get the country’s fiscal house in order.
Trump spoke on a range of issues, including why he believed lawsuits against Obamacare should go directly to the Supreme Court — and why he continues to investigate where Obama was born. But above all, Trump was incredulous as to why Obama and the Democratic Congress did not pass the 2011 budget before the November elections, avoiding the elongated lead into Friday’s spending bill compromise — which made the president look weak.
“The interesting thing about our last little skirmish is that Obama could have had everything he wanted if he would have done it in October — and nobody to this day understands why he didn't,” Trump said. “If he would have gone in October, he would have had all Democrats in both houses [of Congress]. He would have gotten it passed — it would have been so easy for him, as opposed to what he just went through — and frankly, lost.
“I mean, if you listen, no matter who you listen to, [House Speaker John] Boehner really had a big victory and Obama did lose,” he said. “Now, ultimately, they have to solve the bigger issues and the bigger problems.”
Trump said unless the Obama administration addresses some of the country’s bigger fiscal problems, he would not raise the debt ceiling.
“Unless they come up with some really good ideas and come up with them fast, I wouldn’t do it — I'd force them to the fire,” Trump said. “I'd make sure that they come out and straighten out this mess that we have, because our country is a financial mess. And unless you're going to straighten it out — and you have to do it quickly — because we’re going to end up being like some of the worst countries in Europe.
“If you look at what's happening with China, if you look at what's happening with some of the other countries, what they're doing to us — until we can straighten that mess out . . . I'd leave [the debt ceiling] this way unless they're going to come up with some very good answers and guarantee something in the future that's going to be very good for all of us,” he added.
Van Susteren asked Trump why he continues to press the issue of Obama’s birthplace, and isn’t he just giving the Democrats ammunition and the chance to avoid more serious matters facing the country.
“Well, I think it's a very popular issue, and I think that nobody has solved anything. A lot of people are calling my office,” Trump said. “He hasn't provided a birth certificate — he’s spending a fortune in legal fees to try and get away from the issue.”
Trump would not get specific about his investigation of Obama’s birth.
“I don't want to tell you, Greta. I don't want to go into that. There's no reason to go into that in great detail. But I can tell you I have great resources and I'm looking into it very seriously,” Trump said. “As an example, where are his hospital records? How come his family is arguing over which hospital he was born in Hawaii? They don't even know which hospital he was born in. But the grandmother said he was born in Kenya!
“I think it's a very bad issue for him and I think he loses a lot,” he added. And I'd love to see him produce it because I don't think this should be an issue.”
Van Susteren asked Trump about White House comments that Trump was insignificant and if he decides to run for president, has no chance against Obama.
“Well, look, he came out with some little nasty snippets at me, and he doesn’t talk about . . . other candidates — he talks about me. He sent his minion out to say some little negative things — I'm sure the guy was told exactly what to say,” Trump said. “It didn't come out very well. And frankly, I'm honored by that — because he is concerned.
“I'd love to take him on, and I'd love to take him on without the birther issue because I'd like to be one-on-one — and that’s the way it should be,” he continued. “But he ought to straighten out this issue.
“And he also ought to straighten out Obamacare,” Trump said. “Greta, you have companies right now that are retooling themselves for Obamacare — they're spending hundreds of thousands and hundreds of millions and billions of dollars in this country! They're retooling themselves. And there's a good chance — we all know it's going to go to the Supreme Court. So why wouldn't he let it just go right now to the Supreme Court?
“It’s the most incredible thing I've ever seen because we're going to be at these lower courts for a long period of time —legal fees are going to be through the roof, hundreds of millions of dollars,” he continued. “And all he has to do is let it go directly to the Supreme Court and let a decision be made one way or the other.”
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