Donald Trump ripped the Obama administration for its lack of leadership and predicted the president’s health care reforms will be repealed either by Congress or the courts.
“It’s too bad to let continue,” the New York real estate magnate and television personality said during a tele-town hall with 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann. Left in place, Trump said, “It will help destroy the country.”
Trump, who briefly flirted with seeking the GOP nomination, demurred when asked if he would consider a Trump-Bachmann ticket.
“That’s not why we’re here tonight,” Trump said during a 45-minute question-and-answer session. However, he said, the Republicans running for the presidency are “a far cry from what we have in the White House.”
“What we have there has to go,” he said. “If it doesn’t, we’re in very, very serious trouble.”
Trump wasn’t on the call to endorse her, Bachmann said at the outset, but “because he’s admired” and recognized as a “national leader in understanding economics and job creation.”
Trump praised Bachmann enthusiastically as a “terrific person … respected by everybody.”
Based on his conversations with other GOP contenders, Trump said, Bachmann is “universally respected by the other candidates.”
Trump acknowledged that Bachmann’s fortunes have turned since winning the Iowa GOP Straw Poll in mid-August due to “a lot of factors both good and bad and luck.
“She’s saying a lot of the right things,” Trump said. “She resonates with a lot of people.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s entry into the race the day of the Iowa straw poll “took some of her thunder,” Trump said, adding that “she’s really doing an excellent job. All she can do is what she’s doing.”
Bachmann returned the praise, saying Trump has “offered a terrific voice to this selection process.”
That voice was critical of the president, including a charge that “our leaders are stupid” for not demanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya repay the United States for its assistance. China, a favorite target of Trump during the call, is extracting valuable minerals from Afghanistan while the U.S. is spending its money to fight a war that has claimed thousands of lives.
The U.S. should keep a percentage of the oil produced in those nations to pay to the families of soldiers who died or were injured fighting there, Trump said.
The Bachmann campaign said it was calling 200,000 people, but it’s not known how many were listening.