Donald Trump, who still hasn’t ruled out a presidential run, says former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been holding his own and faring well in the GOP debates. Trump also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren he believes Romney — who met with the real estate mogul Monday — strongly holds his belief that foreign entities are taking advantage of America.
“I mean, we discussed lots of big issues, international, national — lots of issues — including the fact that the world is just ripping of this country like never before,” Trump said. “I mean, it’s never happened to this extent — probably happened before, but never to this extent — and he’s a believer in that. He believes that they are, in fact, just ripping us [off] left and right. And we had a good conversation that lasted for quite some time.
“I am very, very strong on the fact that this country is being taken advantage of by the rest of the world — China would be the number two culprit — OPEC, the OPEC nations, are number one,” he said. “And the other is China — what they're doing to us is just unbelievable . . . they’re getting away with murder. And I must tell you that Governor Romney very much agrees with me on those points — and I mean very strongly agrees with me — so do some of the other candidates. I think maybe Governor Romney is the strongest on that. Although as you know, I met with Governor Perry, and he also feels that we’re — you know — we’re a whipping post for the rest of the world.”
Trump, who acknowledged that Romney — like the other GOP hopefuls he has met with — sought his support, said he could not back any candidate who did not acknowledge America is falling prey to foreign gouging.
“So I just think it’s very important because if they don’t understand that, Greta, I would have just no interest in supporting anybody because I understand what’s going wrong with this country,” Trump said. “And you know, even with the Republican debates, the disappointing thing is that this is never brought up.
“They say: Well, what about jobs? And they say: Well, we want education, we want to educate our people,” he said. “They don’t say that China’s sucking the jobs out of this country and manufacturing our products. And you know, I mean, what China’s doing to us is unbelievable —and they’re manipulating the currency, which makes it very, very hard for our companies to compete — and it’s never even brought up in the debates.”
Van Susteren asked Trump the everlasting question as to whether he still might consider a presidential run. Trump — who briefly considered running as a Republican — reiterated what would bring him back into the fray.
“Well, look, if I were unhappy with the candidate chosen — which is possible — if I see somebody that just is not going to win, is not going to straighten out this country, and if the economy continues to be bad — which I think it will because we have incompetent leadership — I would certainly consider it,” Trump said.
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