VIDEO: Trump Won't Take White House Job If Offered
Donald Trump accepted the 2012 Statesman of the Year award from the Republican Party of Sarasota County on Sunday night.
Donald Trump talked up Mitt Romney as a successful businessman quite a bit, but if his candidate gets elected, he won't be taking a White House post.
"I don't want to be Secretary of State or Secretary of Commerce," Trump said before a sold-out crowd Sunday night at a Republican fundraiser at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. "I love what I'm doing. I have a great business, and I've built a great business."
It didn't stop Trump from offering some suggestions like "telling the Chinese that it's over," wanting to take oil from Iraq and Libya for fighting to overthrow their dictators and saying how President Barack Obama's "foreign policy is a disaster."
Trump talked and took questions for about 30 minutes Sunday night inside The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota before a sold-out crowd of about 1,000 Republican supporters paying for a ticket to, eat steak, see Trump and fund-raise for the Republican Party of Sarasota County. Trump was there to receive the Statesman of the Year award from the Sarasota GOP party. The annual award is given by the Sarasota GOP club to prominent politicians and political figures.
Trump focused most of his speech on Republican presidential candidate and presumptive nominee Romney and the image battle the former Massachusetts governor faces.
"I've always heard that if you're a great successful person, you can't run, and I see how hard they go against Mitt," Trump said.
Trump also shared some empathy with Romney because all the people they've beat over the years "come back to haunt them," Trump said.
"I saw it firsthand because I see so many successful people wanting to run, but during their course of success they've beaten the hell out of people. They've won. There's nothing wrong with that" he said. "Usually the win honestly, sometimes maybe not-so honestly, but let's hope they win honestly.
"They've been tough; they've been competitive; they worked; they built their business," Trump continued. "And honestly, they have left people in their wake. And they've made enemies."
The old personal battles, which some of the information reported can be wrong, and it can become upsetting when a reporter discusses that information, Trump said, and is being told by multiple people it's wrong, and is still reported.
"That's what they're doing to Mitt; that's what they're doing to Paul, and that's what they're probably doing to a lot of people in the room," Trump said.
"You have some great [reporters] but you have some really, really treacherous, terrible people," Trump said. "I almost don't even think that these are really American people. I don't understand the purpose of what they do when they go out of their way."
The failures often make into the news more than successes — like Romney's revival of Staples while at Bain Capital, or Trump's various real estate deals, Trump added.
"I believe Mitt Romney will run a great campaign, and I believe Mitt Romney will make a great president," he said, drawing a loud round of applause from the audience.
The one advice Trump would give to Romney and running mate Paul Ryan is to not be politically correct.
"They're going to have to be, frankly, nasty," Trump said. "They can't be nice. These are not nice people that they're fighting against.
"In many respects, they're bad people and that's a horrible thing to have to say, but the kinds of things they do and the kind of things that they say, and I sort of had it, and I think most Republicans have had it."
Bits & Pieces:
• Trump was due to participate in a surprise event Monday at the Republican National Convention, but flew back to New York following the event due to Tropical Storm Isaac, and Monday's events were canceled.
• Regarding, Tropical Storm Isaac Trump said "If I were wearing a rug like they say I do, I'd be standing up here with nothing on the head. Believe me. Because it was windy, miserable and raining. And I was soaking wet."
• The Sarasota GOP is trying to get Mitt Romney to stop in Sarasota for a grassroots campaign event in about three weeks, Sarsota Party Chairman Joe Gruters announced. More details are expected Monday, he said.
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