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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Trump, Bachmann Join Forces

Real estate mogul says he's not endorsing a presidential candidate yet.

Donald Trump joined Michele Bachmann on a teleconference Monday.(Chet Susslin)

October 17, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann claimed that 200,000 people dialed in Monday evening for her "tele-town hall" with celebrity real estate mogul Donald Trump and if callers were hoping to hear no-holds-barred criticism of President Obama and unconventional ideas, they called the right place.

Donald Trump blamed China and OPEC for destroying the American economy and advocated a 41 percent tax on Chinese goods to compensate for their currency manipulation. He said Obama should have demanded 50 percent of all future Libyan oil revenues before agreeing to back the rebels. “If we had said, we are going to give you the help,” argued Trump, “but for the next 20 years we get 50 percent of your oil, do you know what they would have said? ‘Absolutely. Would you like 75 percent?’” The president also should make Iraqis foot the bill for the Iraq War, said Trump. “To the victor go the spoils,” he declared. 

Trump, who flirted with a run for the presidency but then decided against it, said he was proud of his role in forcing Obama to make his full birth certificate public, and despite the ample documentation, said that the Republican presidential candidates should still be investigating whether Obama was born in the United States. Trump also recommended that the press investigate what he claimed to be shady deals surrounding the Obama family's purchase of their house in Chicago. 

 

He made it clear his participation in the call was not an endorsement of Bachmann. Trump praised the Minnesota congresswoman but said that Texas Gov. Rick Perry's entrance in the race "took a lot of her thunder."

Bachmann called the Obama administration’s hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies to the now-bankrupt solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC “crony capitalism” and said of the affair: “We are not a banana republic; we are the United States of America.” 

Bachmann called the Chinese “bad actors” and said that China engaged with the Taliban. After Trump left the call, she continued to argue that Libya and Iraq should pay back the United States for military actions from funds from their oil revenues. She also argued that the U.S. should stop funding the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.     

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