Trump on Jobs: All Sides Are 'Playing Games'

Thursday, 01 Sep 2011 05:28 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Donald Trump said Wednesday all sides are “playing games” when it comes to job creation and Congress should not have spent “a leisurely summer” when unemployed Americans are suffering.
 
“They keep playing games — I mean, both sides, not just the president — they just keep playing games,” the real estate mogul told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “We need jobs — we don’t need speeches — he loves making speeches, but I don’t think he loves producing jobs. I mean, he hasn’t produced the jobs — so I think people are tired of hearing his speeches.”

Trump said both President Barack Obama and Congress should have tackled the job situation sooner instead of vacationing, and if they had there would not have been all the controversy over the president originally scheduling his jobs speech at the same time as next week’s Republican presidential debate.

“I think it’s terrible — look, they could have waited one night or they could have done it the night before. They could have done it . . . instead of vacationing,” Trump said. “Frankly, he should have brought them back early instead of everybody relaxing over the summer. Our country’s in trouble — we don’t have jobs . . . and we should really be focused on that. They shouldn’t have spent a nice leisurely summer — they should have been working on this.

“And now, all of a sudden, they have this one little moment to give a speech and it happens to be the same time as the Republican debate,” he continued. “Look, both sides are playing games, and our country’s in trouble — it should stop.”

Van Susteren asked Trump what needs to be done to reduce American unemployment.

“Well, you’ve got to stop foreign countries from taking our jobs — that’s what it's all about — you’ve got to stop that,” Trump said. “Number two, you’ve got to stop OPEC from raising the price of oil every single time our economy starts to get a little bit better.

“You know, our economy essentially can never be good because every time it gets better, OPEC raises the price of oil,” he said. “So you have to handle OPEC, and it wouldn’t even be tough. And you have to stop jobs from really essentially going to China because they make our products — they manipulate their currency — I mean, what they do to us is — it’s like they're dealing with children. They look at us, they look at our leaders as being children.”

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