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Trump: 'I'm the Most Competent by Far' of the Candidates

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By    |   Friday, 22 May 2015 10:00 AM

Billionaire real estate tycoon and possible Republican presidential contender Donald Trump sang his own praises and scorched the Obama administration and fellow Republicans during a speech in Sarasota, Florida, on Thursday night.

Trump, 68, proclaimed that his vast skill set and record of success make him uniquely qualified to run the country and set him apart from the current field of candidates, according to the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

"It's going to be an election, in my opinion, about competence," he said, "and I'm the most competent by far."

Trump visited the Sunshine State to accept the "Statesman of the Year Award" from the local Republican Party. His speech lasted about 70 minutes and spared no one his critical wrath.

"I like these people, but they don’t have it," Trump said. "It’s not going to happen. Even people I do like, it’s not going to happen, folks. They’re not doing what I do. I do it better than anybody."

He hammered former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for his lack of clarity last week when answering questions about whether he would have authorized military force in Iraq if he knew then what is known now, The Daily Mail reports.

"I like Jeb Bush. He's a nice person," said Trump. "But when he was asked about Iraq, he couldn't give an answer. It took him four days before he got his answer straight."

"How would you like him negotiating with the terrorists?" Trump asked rhetorically.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio recently bumbled a similar question about the war, according to Trump, who characterized the Florida junior senator’s response as "a horror show."

"I don't even know how he could be running for office," said Trump. "We can't put ourselves through this."

He also slammed 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, calling him as a "choker," according to The Daily Mail.

"Romney had one thing going for him," Trump claimed. "He's good-looking. Other than that, there's nothing, OK? Even when he walked around the stage, he walked like a
penguin."

Famous for the mantra "You’re Fired," from his television show "The Apprentice," Trump said Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and the GOP’s lone female candidate for the White House, was "viciously" canned.

"She was walked out of there," he said, "and the stock went up seven points the day she got fired. That's not a good sign."

Trump saved some of his vitriol for President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and the current administration.

They are the "worst negotiators I’ve ever seen," he said, referring to the talks with Iran over a proposed nuclear deal, adding that "we have a president who’s incompetent," the SaintPetersBlog reports.

Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal "stinks" and is a "stupid agreement," he charged.

"They don’t cover currency manipulation," he said. "If you look at China, if you look at Japan, they beat us on currency manipulation, and we don’t even talk about it."

He countered that the U.S. should have negotiated trade agreements with individual countries, according to the SaintPetersBlog.

On the illegal immigration crisis, Trump said the U.S. has become a "dumping ground" for Mexico.

"We’re getting drug dealers, drug lords, and we’re getting murderers and rapists," he said.
What’s needed is "a border" and "a wall," he asserted.

"Nobody can build a wall like Trump," he proclaimed. "I build the greatest buildings in the world. I will build a great wall that people aren’t getting over. Believe me, they don’t come over my wall. These walls they build, they go right through them, and Mexico will pay for the wall, because Mexico has been taking advantage of this country."

Though Trump has yet to formally declare his candidacy, he alluded to it on Thursday, offering an explanation for why he’d be willing to give up his privileged life: "Because I want to make this country great again."

The American people, he continued, are "tired of politicians" and tired of "all talk, no action."

"Bad deals with China. Bad deals with Mexico. Horrible deals with Saudi Arabia. You know Saudi Arabia makes a billion dollars a day and they give us nothing, and we protect them."

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