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Donald Trump praises Putin and defames George W. Bush

02.11.2007
 
Donald Trump praises Putin and defames George W. Bush

USA’s most notorious and popular businessman Donald Trump said in a recent TV interview with CNN’s Larry King that George Bush was the worst president in the history of the United States. Trump also praised Vladimir Putin and said that the Russian president was one of the most successful contemporary politicians.

“Now, they're talking about China. They're talking about Russia. They're talking about India. Look at Putin - what he's doing with Russia - I mean, you know, what's going on over there. I mean this guy has done - whether you like him or don't like him - he's doing a great job. In rebuilding the image of Russia and also rebuilding Russia period. Forget about image,” Trump said.

Speaking about George W. Bush, Donald Trump said: “I'm blaming him for a war. I'm blaming him for the prestige of the country. I'm blaming him that when somebody like me goes to London or goes to Paris or goes throughout the world where I go, we're no longer respected like we were. That's what I'm blaming him for. ”

Trump appeared in the studio with Larry King to talk about his new book titled “Think Big and Kick Ass.”

“This is a book on toughness, on making money, on sort of creating a happy life, in a certain sense, through money and through other things. And we came up with the title, which I think is pretty descriptive, although some people thought it was a little bit tough, adding the words "kick ass". But it is a little bit about kicking ass because, unfortunately in life, sometimes you have to do that,” Trump said about his latest work.

When Larry King asked his famous guest about his hatred for George W. Bush, the billionaire did not hesitate to give a straightforward answer: “Well, I just hate what's happened to this country. We've gone to a country that's no longer respected. We're in a war that we should have never - and by the way, I'm worse than any hawk there is in terms of military and in terms of defending ourselves. But Saddam Hussein didn't knock down World Trade Center. He had nothing to do with it. And there were no weapons of mass destruction. There was nothing. Saddam Hussein, you know what he did with the terrorists? He killed them. He would kill terrorists. And now Iraq is a breeding ground. That's where all the terrorists are going. They're going to Iraq because that's the safest place for them to be. And we're in this country and we should have never been there.”

In 2003, Trump became the executive producer and host of the NBC reality show, The Apprentice, in which a group of competitors battled for a high-level management job in one of Trump's commercial enterprises. The other contestants were "fired," or eliminated, from the game. At the end of each episode, Trump eliminates at least one contestant while uttering the catchphrase "You're fired." For the first year of the show Trump was paid $50,000 per episode (roughly $700,000 for the first season), but following the show's initial success, he is now paid a reported $3 million per episode, making him one of the highest paid TV personalities. In 2004, Donald Trump filed a trademark application for the phrase "You're fired," which he had popularized on the show.

Donald Trump, a two-time Emmy Award-nominated personality, has made appearances as a caricatured version of himself in television series and films (e.g. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, The Nanny, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Days of Our Lives), as a character (The Little Rascals). He has been the subject of comedians, flash cartoon artists, and online caricature artists. In addition to the aforementioned forms of media he has appeared on, he has been a guest on various talk shows and other media

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