As Donald Trump has stated previously, were he to run for President (and he says he doesn’t want to but might have to because “the world laughs at us and they won’t be laughing at us if I’m president”), the first issued he’d tackle is “this business” with China. The Don says he’s uniquely to do so because 1) he “buys a lot of products from China” and 2) he knows how to “knows how to say things,” unlike our diplomats. Trump has said he’d put a 25 percent tax on China’s products that come into the United States and this morning on the Today show, he laid out the vicious rhetoric he’d use to make sure everyone knew to take him seriously.
“I would tell China very nicely, ‘Fellows, you’re my friend, I like you very much — and I have made a lot of money with China.’ I would say ‘We are going to put a 25% tax on all your products coming in’ and that’s going to do a number of things. Number one, as soon as they believe it will happen they will behave so nicely because it would destroy their economy.”
As for anyone who doesn’t think Donald is deadly serious about maybe running, he’d like you to know that 1) “This is very serious- I always take things seriously but never like this” and 2) You can go fuck yourself, just like Bill Cosby. Read more »
Five weeks ago, Carl Icahn announced he’d be closing the hedge fund he opened in 2004. Was this a sign retirement was next to come, some wondered? Hell no, Icahn recently told a reporter who checked in with the activist investor. “What else would I do? Play shuffleboard somewhere?” Mr. Icahn said from his vacation home in Florida. Carl’s got no time for anything so patently ridiculous, and is in fact busier than ever. What’s he been up to? Read more »
As you may have heard, Donald Trump has been mulling a run for president, which he says he’ll make a final decision on by June. For the last several months he’s been putting his credentials out there (unlike our pussy diplomats who went to school to study “how to be nice,” Trump is the “right messenger” to deliver news to people like the Chinese, who fear him and know he means business) and debating the issues (namely China, which we should stop treating to “beautiful five-star meals” and needs to be told “If you don’t stop manipulating your currency, we’re going to put a 25 percent tax on your products that come into the United States”). Over the weekend The Don took on one of his potential competitors for the boss of the US gig, Mitt Romney. Trump says he’s more qualified than the former Governor of Massachusetts for a couple of reasons. Read more »
As you may have heard, Donald Trump has been mulling a run for president, which he says he’ll make a final decision on by June. In the meantime, he’s been putting his credentials out there, in case anyone thinks he’s not the right guy for the job. In terms of dealing with foreign leaders and dignitaries, The Don says his experience cannot be beat (and should he turn down the president gig, feel free to offer him Secretary of State, a position for which he’s also eminently qualified). “I sell them real estate for tremendous amounts of money,” he said. “I mean, I’ve dealt with everybody.” To that end, a quick story to illustrate why you should vote Trump. Read more »
Here’s what the Don said last night on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” when asked about mingling with sauced up members of the business community:
“There’s a banker — and obviously I’m not going to mention names…I’ll never forget a very respected banker, highly respected. And he was making a speech at the Waldorf Astoria. And he was very tipsy, very — and shortly thereafter, he was just totally stone cold drunk. There were probably 2,000 people, 1,500 people at this dinner. It was a very big event. And we carried him out on his back. We carried him out literally on his back and — And I never felt the same way about him.
Trump went on to say he can’t even look at the guy anymore and that he’s “lost all respect” for him. Choking back tears**, Trump wouldn’t say who his fallen hero is or if he had to hold the guy’s hair back as he vomited on the street corner but he did offer one more clue. Read more »
As you may have heard, last night President Obama gave his State of the Union address, in which he mentioned China a couple of times. This, legendary businessman Donald Trump says, “was the low point of the speech.” While Trump pretty much hated the entire thing (there was “no substance whatsoever” and he “didn’t hear anything about all these states that are going to go bankrupt”), it was the China stuff that really grinded his gears. “Totally inappropriate,” the bankruptcy expert told Joe Kernan and Becky Quick this morning on Squawk Box. “What’s up with you and China? What got your dander up,” Joe asked, hoping to lighten the mood. “Did they tell you you couldn’t build a golf course over there or something?” Unfortunately, Donald was in no mood for jokes. Not when it comes to China, or the suggestion anyone tells him where he can and cannot build golf courses. Read more »
The new First Family?
Earlier today on Power Lunch, Donald Trump popped by to thank the gang for the special they’ve produced about him airing tonight. They chatted about a slew of topics including Michelle Caruso-Cabrera being pissed off her appearance on this season of The Apprentice was cut and whether or not Don will run for president. “A lot of people think I should [and] for the first time in my life, I’m really thinking about it,” Trump admitted. Read more »
“Usually I get to the course at 8 in the morning. I will play a round, which will take three to three and a half hours. I will hopefully shoot in the low 70s. Sometimes Melania and Barron will come up to the club and they watch me beat people at golf…I get home at 6 or 7 or 8. I have dinner with Melania and Barron. She’s a good cook. She has a lot of imagination. She makes spaghetti and meat sauce. She makes chef’s salads. She loves salads. Sometimes she makes meatloaf.”
Sunday Routine: Donald J. Trump [NYT]
The Times had a long profile of Carl Icahn over the weekend, wondering if the activist investor still has a fight in him, his likes and dislikes (being referred to as “raider,” for one), his early years in the biz (“When he turned 15, he played his own version of the ice futures market as a cabana boy at a beach club, ordering extra ice on hot mornings to sell to visitors who would run out later in the day”) and whether he has any plans to retire (“What else am I going to do?” Mr. Icahn asks. “Play shuffleboard?”). The article also discusses Icahn’s public feud with Donald Trump over three Atlantic City casinos bearing the Don’s name, which Carl was trying to gain control of. Here’s what Donald had to say about the matter:
“He told me he was doing it because he heard I wasn’t involved, but he knew I was involved, that I had a deal with bondholders,” Mr. Trump said. “I was very surprised and also very disappointed that Carl got involved,” Mr. Trump added. He said the two had been friends for years and that Mr. Icahn had sought his advice when he was divorcing his first wife. Mr. Trump said the two had not spoken since the call.
And here’s Ichan’s side the story:
“I should be the one that is surprised he is upset,” Mr. Icahn said. “I might possibly feel bad had I interfered at a time when he was running the business,” but that’s not the case, he added.
But the way more important thing that Uncle Carl wants to clarify? These two are in no way close friends, even using the loosest definition of the term. You wanna know how Carl knows this? Take a look at this picture:
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Donald Trump is dueling it up with activist investor Carl Icahn over Atlantic City’s Trump Entertainment Resorts. Specifically, the two are fighting for ownership of the property, which Trump does not currently own. Don’s argument is that the casinos “would be hurt if Icahn won because it would take the Trump name off them.”
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Cityfile reports that you now have the opportunity to sit your ass in the Don’s cockpit. Trump put his Boeing 727 up for sale yesterday. No word on the asking price but it’ll probably cost you considering that you’re getting three bathrooms with “gold plated sinks,” “abundant storage for fine china and crystal” and a “circular shower.” Make him an offer.
Donald Trump Has An Aging Plane To Sell You [Cityfile]