Donald Trump says President Barack Obama doesn’t have any business experience and the only thing he has ever done business-wise is “buy a house.” The real estate mogul also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Thursday he is surprised presidential hopeful Mitt Romney — who is business savvy and does well in debates — is not getting higher poll numbers.
Van Susteren asked why Romney didn’t get a bounce in numbers when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie withdrew his name from GOP presidential contention or from any other factors important to Trump.
“I was surprised — I thought he did very well in the debate — and I thought Herman Cain did really well in the debate — but Mitt is not getting a bounce. I think a lot of people don’t know him or understand him,” Trump said. “Now if you look at his numbers overall, he’s doing quite well — but he has to get out of the primary. But he doesn’t get the bounce you would think when somebody gets out or when somebody goes down, you would think he would get more numbers than he is getting.”
Van Susteren said part of Romney’s problem with many Republicans is that Obamacare mirrors the healthcare plan he instituted in Massachusetts when he was governor. Trump said Romneycare is not the overriding issue in the presidential race.
“I really think it’s going to be about the economy — I think it’s going to be about jobs — I really think that [Romneycare] is overplayed at this point,” Trump said. “You know, I think that governor Romney explained it fairly well — I believe it’s about jobs and who will be the best president.”
The Fox host then noted that some attack Romney’s jobs record because he has some history of buying businesses and firing people.
“Honestly, if Obama continues to do the job he’s doing and the economy continues to be as bad — and it is very bad — but continues to be as bad as it is, I think he will have a very, very hard time beating certain of the Republican candidates,” he said. “You know the biggest problem? When you are very successful and you have had a great career, you have done a lot of things — and [as] he said, some good, some bad, but mostly good. And the fact is that you have a lot of things that people can shoot at because you have been a productive person. You have worked hard. Even good deals — he buys a company and maybe he got rid of some people to make the company better or save the company or whatever. So he did things.
“With Obama, he never did anything — if you look, I mean the only thing he did is buy a house — he never did anything, so there is nothing to criticize,” Trump continued. “So you can't criticize him because he bought 37 companies and employed tens of thousands of people — there is nothing to criticize. And it’s very unfair. And I have always said it’s very hard for a very successful person to get elected because even your good deals they can criticize.”
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