Donald Trump – Quotes

  1. ‘You’re fired’ was not a part of the deal. And when I went into the first board room, the very first one, I’m looking at these people, and I had to fire somebody, but we never thought in terms of the expression ‘You’re fired.’

  2. A certificate of live birth is not the same thing by any stretch of the imagination as a birth certificate.

  3. A little more moderation would be good. Of course, my life hasn’t exactly been one of moderation.

  4. A lot of people don’t like to win. They actually don’t know how to win, and they don’t like to win because down deep inside they don’t want to win.

  5. A lot of people feel very good about Mitt Romney and I think he’s going to do a great job.

  6. All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.

  7. Anyone who thinks my story is anywhere near over is sadly mistaken.

  8. As far as single payer, it works in Canada. It works incredibly well in Scotland.

  9. As long as your going to be thinking anyway, think big.

  10. At the Super Bowl, when Beyonce was thrusting her hips forward in a very suggestive manner, if someone else had done that, it would’ve been a national scandal. I thought it was ridiculous.

  11. But I believe in fair trade, and I will tell you, I have many, many friends heading up corporations, and people that do just business in China, they say it’s virtually impossible. It’s very, very hard to come into China. And yet, we welcome them with open arms.

  12. China gets their oil from Libya. Why isn’t China involved? They’re going out spending billions of dollars a day on trying to take over the world economically. And we’re spending billions and billions and billions of dollars on policing the world. Why isn’t China involved with Libya? That – we don’t get oil from Libya, China does.

  13. Colonel Jack Jacobs is a good guy. And I see him on occasion.

  14. Do you mind if I sit back a little? Because your breath is very bad.

  15. Ever since ‘The Apprentice,’ my life has gotten so much busier.

  16. Every time you walk down the street people are screaming, ‘You’re fired!’

  17. Everybody has their detractors. Some people say arrogance, or whatever they may say. I only have one thing in mind, and that’s doing a great job for the country.

  18. Everything I do in life is framed through the view of a businessman. That’s my instinct. If I go into a pharmacy to buy shaving cream, then I’m going to look for the best deal on shaving cream.

  19. Everything in life is luck.

  20. Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.

  21. First and foremost, I’m a real estate person. And that’s what I love the most.

  22. Forty Wall Street is probably the most beautiful tower in New York.

  23. Getting things done in this country, if you want to build something, if you want to start a company, it’s getting to be virtually impossible with all of the bureaucracy and all of the approvals.

  24. Hillary Clinton is not going to be able to create jobs, I will tell you right now.

  25. Hillary Clinton was the worst Secretary of State in the history of the country. The world came apart under her reign as Secretary of State.

  26. I actually don’t have a bad hairline.

  27. I always look at it that I work with my employees as opposed to them working for me.

  28. I always want to think of myself as an underdog.

  29. I am very, very proud to say that I am pro-life.

  30. I apologize when I’m wrong.

  31. I built a great company, one of the – some of the most iconic assets in the world, $10 billion of net worth, more than $10 billion of net worth, and frankly, I had a great time doing it.

  32. I could never have imagined that firing 67 people on national television would actually make me more popular, especially with the younger generation.

  33. I deal with foreign countries. I made a lot of money dealing against China. I’ve made a lot of money dealing against many other countries.

  34. I describe Jeb Bush as a ‘low-energy’ individual, and unfortunately for him, that stuck. And it’s true: he’s a low-energy person. That doesn’t make him a bad person.

  35. I do have my ducks in line if I want to do it, but I’d love to see the Republicans pick somebody that was going to win and take over this country and frankly, to use the expression, ‘Make America great again.’

  36. I do respect them; I have great respect for women. In fact, one of the reasons ‘The Apprentice’ was such a successful show for so many years, the audience of women was fantastic.

  37. I don’t like losers.

  38. I don’t make deals for the money. I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it.

  39. I feel a lot of people listen to what I have to say.

  40. I get a lot of credit for comb-overs. But it’s not really a comb-over. It’s sort of a little bit forward and back. I’ve combed it the same way for years. Same thing, every time.

  41. I get called all these horrible names by Lindsey Graham, who I don’t even know.

  42. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And do you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me.

  43. I grew up in New York City, a town with different races, religions, and peoples. It breeds tolerance.

  44. I had great relationship with the Hispanic – we had a lot of Hispanics in the school actually from different countries, Venezuela, from Brazil, and they all played soccer, and I was on the soccer team, and I developed great relationships with them.

  45. I had tremendous success in show business – star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ‘The Apprentice’ was one of the most successful shows.

  46. I have a Bible near my bed.

  47. I have a great relationship with the Mexican people.

  48. I have a great, great company. I employ thousands of people. And I’m very proud of the job I did.

  49. I have an attention span that’s as long as it has to be.

  50. I have great respect for the Pope. I like the Pope. I actually like him.

  51. I have had lobbyists, and I have had some very good ones. They could do anything.

  52. I have made really some significant deals because I play golf.

  53. I have made the tough decisions, always with an eye toward the bottom line. Perhaps it’s time America was run like a business.

  54. I have respect for Senator McCain. I used to like him a lot. I supported him. I raised a lot of money for his campaign against President Obama.

  55. I have the right temperament. I have the right leadership. I’ve built an incredible company. I went to a great school. I came out – I built an incredible company. I wrote the number one selling business book of all time: ‘Trump: The Art of the Deal.’

  56. I have used the laws of this country just like the greatest people that you read about every day in business have used the laws of this country, the chapter laws, to do a great job for my company, for myself, for my employees, for my family, et cetera.

  57. I have very good executives and great children. They’re very good.

  58. I have women working in high positions. I was one of the first people to put women in charge of big construction jobs. And, you know, I’ve had a great relationship with women.

  59. I judge people based on their capability, honesty, and merit.

  60. I like the idea of amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include a ban of discrimination based on sexual orientation. It would be simple. It would be straightforward.

  61. I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.

  62. I love Neil Young. And he loves me! We have a great relationship.

  63. I love Wingfoot; I’m a member of Wingfoot. It’s a great course.

  64. I love Wisconsin. It’s a great place.

  65. I mean, there’s no arguing. There is no anything. There is no beating around the bush. ‘You’re fired’ is a very strong term.

  66. I own buildings. I’m a builder; I know how to build. Nobody can build like I can build. Nobody. And the builders in New York will tell you that. I build the best product. And my name helps a lot.

  67. I played golf with my friends, and then I started to play with the hustlers. And I learned a lot. I learned about golf; I learned about gambling. I learned about everything.

  68. I rely on myself very much. I just think that you have an instinct and you go with it. Especially when it comes to deal-making and buying things.

  69. I saw a report yesterday. There’s so much oil, all over the world, they don’t know where to dump it. And Saudi Arabia says, ‘Oh, there’s too much oil.’ They – they came back yesterday. Did you see the report? They want to reduce oil production. Do you think they’re our friends? They’re not our friends.

  70. I shake hands very gladly politically. I don’t think you could be a politician if you didn’t shake hands.

  71. I support health care for people. I want people well taken care of. But I also want health care that we can afford as a country. I have people and friends closing down their businesses because of Obamacare.

  72. I think George Will is somebody that said recently that the Republicans will not lose, as a Republican, that the Republicans will not win the election. I think it was a terrible statement.

  73. I think I was born with the drive for success because I have a certain gene.

  74. I think I will be a great president having to do with the military and also having to do with taking care of our vets.

  75. I think Les Moonves is the most highly overrated person in television.

  76. I think Ronald Reagan was one of the great presidents, period, not just recently. I thought he had the demeanor. I thought he had the bearing. I thought he had the thought process.

  77. I think that when you get right down to it, people do evolve on different issues. And, you know, I’m pro-life. And I was begrudgingly the other way.

  78. I think the World Trade Center should be rebuilt as the World Trade Center, only stronger and one story taller. I hate what they’re doing with the World Trade Center site.

  79. I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either.

  80. I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That’s where the fun is.

  81. I understand the military. I know the military.

  82. I want to be a fair trader. I want to be a firm and fair trader.

  83. I want to lower taxes for the middle class.

  84. I was a Democrat for a period of time early on. And then I was also an independent. And then I became a Republican.

  85. I was a great student at a great school, Wharton School of Finance.

  86. I was a great student. I was good at everything.

  87. I wasn’t satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement.

  88. I went to the Wharton School of Finance, the toughest place to get into. I was a great student.

  89. I will tell you this: I have fun, a lot of fun with ‘The Apprentice.’ When I did the books – and now we have a book out. And all the time, books are prestigious. But there’s sort of nothing like having the big hot show on television.

  90. I win at golf. I’m a club champion many times at different clubs. I win at golf. I can sink the three-footer on the 18th hole when others can’t.

  91. I would say that I bought the land under which Trump Tower sits while playing golf.

  92. I wouldn’t mind a little bow. In Japan, they bow. I love it. Only thing I love about Japan.

  93. I’ll drink water. Sometimes tomato juice, which I like. Sometimes orange juice, which I like. I’ll drink different things. But the Coke or Pepsi boosts you up a little.

  94. I’m a believer in the polls, by the way. Rarely do you see a poll that’s very far off.

  95. I’m a bit of a P. T. Barnum. I make stars out of everyone.

  96. I’m competitive, and I love to create challenges for myself. Maybe that’s not always a good thing. It can make life complicated.

  97. I’m gonna keep Social Security without change, except I’m going to get rid of the waste, fraud, and abuse; same thing with Medicare.

  98. I’m the Ernest Hemingway of 140 characters.

  99. I’m the No. 1 developer in New York, I’m the biggest in Atlantic City, and maybe we’ll keep it that way.

  100. I’m worth far too much money. I don’t need anybody’s money.

  101. I’ve always been covered by a press that’s mostly financial press.

  102. I’ve always felt comfortable in front of a camera. Either you’re good at it or you’re not good at it.

  103. I’ve always said, ‘If you need Viagra, you’re probably with the wrong girl.’

  104. I’ve become very successful over the years. I think I own among the greatest properties in the world.

  105. I’ve been dealing with politicians all my life. All my life. And I’ve always gotten them to do what I need them to do.

  106. I’ve been making deals all my life.

  107. I’ve created tens of thousands of jobs over the years.

  108. I’ve got the hottest brand in the world.

  109. I’ve met some great people that deal with me in the press. I’ve also met some people that were very dishonorable, frankly.

  110. If I don’t get along with Democrats, I’m sort of, like, out of business.

  111. If I was the governor of New Jersey, the George Washington Bridge would not have been shut.

  112. If I were a liberal Democrat, people would say I’m the super genius of all time. The super genius of all time. If you’re a conservative Republican, you’ve got to fight for your life. It’s really an amazing thing.

  113. If people can just pour into the country illegally, you don’t have a country.

  114. If you get good ratings, they’ll cover you even if you have nothing to say.

  115. If you look – look at – I mean, look at what’s going on with your gasoline prices. They’re going to go to $5, $6, $7 and we don’t have anybody in Washington that calls OPEC and says, ‘Fellas, it’s time. It’s over. You’re not going to do it anymore.’

  116. If you love what you do, if you love going to the office, if you really like it – not just say it, but really like it – it keeps you young and energised. I really love what I do.

  117. If you’re going to be thinking, you may as well think big.

  118. If you’re interested in ‘balancing’ work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable.

  119. In July of 2004, I came out strongly against the war with Iraq because it was going to destabilize the Middle East.

  120. In real life, if I were firing you, I’d tell you what a great job you did, how fantastic you are, and how you can do better someplace else. If somebody steals, that’s different, but generally speaking, you want to let them down as lightly as possible. It’s not a very pleasant thing. I don’t like firing people.

  121. In the end, you’re measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.

  122. Iran is not getting rid of any of its nuclear plants. They’re not getting rid of anything.

  123. It’s a great thing when you can show that you’ve been successful and that you’ve made a lot of money and that you’ve employed a lot of people.

  124. It’s always good to be underestimated.

  125. It’s my life. It just continues to go forward from ‘The Apprentice.’

  126. It’s not like I’m anti-China. I just think it’s ridiculous that we allow them to do what they’re doing to this country, with the manipulation of the currency, that you write about and understand, and all of the other things that they do.

  127. It’s tangible, it’s solid, it’s beautiful. It’s artistic, from my standpoint, and I just love real estate.

  128. Jimmy Carter used to walk off the airplane carrying his own luggage. Do you remember that? I don’t want my president carrying – I want the freaking Marines to be carrying his luggage, and they want to carry his luggage.

  129. Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money.

  130. Many agree that the worst thing that could ever happen is if Russia and China get closer.

  131. Mexico’s making a fortune off the United States.

  132. Mitt – what I speak to Mitt Romney about is jobs. What I speak to Mitt Romney about is China, because he’s got a great view on China and how they’re trying to destroy our country by taking our jobs and making our product and manipulating their currency, so that it makes it almost impossible for our companies to compete.

  133. Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.

  134. My big focus is China and OPEC and all of these countries that are just absolutely destroying the United States.

  135. My father was a successful real estate developer, and he was a very tough man but a good man. My father would always praise me. He always thought I was the smartest person.

  136. My father was very energetic; my mother was very energetic. He lived to a very old age, and so did my mother. I believe that I just have it from my father, from my parents. They had wonderful energy.

  137. My whole life is about winning. I don’t lose often. I almost never lose.

  138. Obama and his attack dogs have nothing but hate and anger in their hearts and spew it whenever possible.

  139. Obama does not like the issue of where he was born.

  140. Obama has no solutions. Obama has failed the country and its great citizens, and they don’t like it when somebody such as myself speaks the truth about this – it hurts too much.

  141. Obamacare is, number one and maybe least importantly, it’s costing the country a fortune.

  142. One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government.

  143. One of the reasons that New York became great was that it’s serviced by many, many different rivers and waterways. You have the Atlantic Ocean connected virtually right to it, and it’s serviced by the East River and the Hudson River and lots of tributaries.

  144. One thing about television, it brings out personality. People are able to watch me in action. They hear my voice and see my eyes. There’s nothing I can hide. That’s me. Television brings out your flaws, your weaknesses, your strengths, and you truths. The audience either likes you or it doesn’t.

  145. Our military has to be strengthened. Our vets have to be taken care of. We have to end Obamacare, and we have to make our country great again, and I will do that.

  146. Our politicians are stupid. And the Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning. And they send the bad ones over because they don’t want to pay for them. They don’t want to take care of them. Why should they when the stupid leaders of the United States will do it for them?

  147. Owning a great golf course gives you great power.

  148. Owning great landmarks such as the Empire State Building or Trump Tower or the General Motors Building or the Plaza Hotel – there are certain just spectacular landmarks – it’s an honor; it’s really an honor.

  149. Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that’s more productive.

  150. People are so shocked when they find… out I am Protestant. I am Presbyterian. And I go to church, and I love God, and I love my church.

  151. People are tired of seeing politicians as all talk and no action.

  152. People assume I’m a boiler ready to explode, but I actually have very low blood pressure, which is shocking to people.

  153. People love me. And you know what, I have been very successful. Everybody loves me.

  154. People might not think that, but the Republicans have all of the cards. And this is the time to get rid of Obamacare. This is the time to make the great deal.

  155. Politicians can’t manage. All they can do is talk.

  156. Private jets cost a lot of money.

  157. Remember, many Republicans didn’t vote for Mitt Romney. He didn’t inspire people.

  158. Ronald Reagan became, you know, not only a Republican but a pretty conservative Republican – not the most. But a pretty conservative Republican. And he’s somebody that I actually knew and liked. And he liked me. And I worked with him and helped him.

  159. Saudi Arabia makes a billion dollars a day, okay? They make a billion dollars a day.

  160. Seth Meyers is highly overrated as a comedian.

  161. So Bush certainly wasn’t the greatest, and Obama has not done the job. And he’s created a lot of disincentive. He’s created a lot of great dissatisfaction. Regulations and regulatory is going through the roof. It’s almost impossible to get anything done in the country.

  162. So many people are on television that don’t know me, and they’re like experts on me.

  163. So we really need jobs now. We have to take jobs away from other countries because other countries are taking our jobs. There is practically not a country that does business with the United States that isn’t making – let’s call it a very big profit. I mean China is going to make $300 billion on us at least this year.

  164. Somebody made the statement that Donald Trump has built or owns the greatest collection of golf courses, ever, in the history of golf. And I believe that is 100 percent true.

  165. Somebody said I am the most popular person in Arizona because I am speaking the truth.

  166. Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.

  167. Sometimes you need conflict in order to come up with a solution. Through weakness, oftentimes, you can’t make the right sort of settlement, so I’m aggressive, but I also get things done, and in the end, everybody likes me.

  168. Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.

  169. Speeches are much easier if you read them. I just find when I do that, it’s harder to fire up the crowd.

  170. Sure, sure, I’d like to see Apples built in the United States, not built in China. I’d like to see them have factories in the United States. At least partially. They make nothing in the United States, virtually.

  171. That’s one of the nice things. I mean, part of the beauty of me is that I’m very rich. So if I need $600 million, I can put $600 million myself. That’s a huge advantage. I must tell you, that’s a huge advantage over the other candidates.

  172. The 1990’s sure aren’t like the 1980’s.

  173. The Arab League tells us to go in and take out Qaddafi. We’ve spent billions of dollars already with respect to the Arab League. Billions of dollars, because they told us to do it. Why aren’t they paying for it? They don’t like Qaddafi, Qaddafi’s been a terrible thorn in their side.

  174. The Iranians and Persians are excellent at the art of negotiation.

  175. The Obama representatives like Robert Gibbs attack people viciously, but people like me will not be silent and will answer them back.

  176. The Pope, I hope, can only be scared by God.

  177. The USGA is terrific. I’ve designed my course in Bedminster to the highest standards of the USGA, and it’s a very special course.

  178. The Veterans Administration is a scandal. It’s corrupt, and what’s going on is a disgrace. And, believe me, if I win, if I become president, that will end. The veterans will be treated properly.

  179. The debt limits have to come down. The whole world of debt has to be changed as far as this country is concerned. We have to create jobs and we have to create them rapidly because if we don’t things are just going to head in a direction that’s going to be almost impossible to recover from.

  180. The early versions of ‘Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf’ were great. It’s sort of interesting: as it progressed, it became worse and worse, but the early versions were really fantastic with Jimmy Demaret and Gene Sarazen. They were classics.

  181. The first thing the secretary types is the boss.

  182. The golf facet of my life doesn’t go with the rest of my life, which is a rough-and-tumble life. I work in real estate development, which is the toughest business, and I do it in the toughest city. I deal with ruthless people.

  183. The interesting thing is that everyone in golf is just nice. You learn a lot about people playing golf: their integrity, how they play under pressure.

  184. The pact we have with Japan is interesting. Because if somebody attacks us, Japan does not have to help. If somebody attacks Japan, we have to help Japan.

  185. The point is that you can’t be too greedy.

  186. The way I run my business seems to be easier than the way I run my life.

  187. There’s always opposition when you do something big. I do many things that are controversial. When people see it, they love it!

  188. To me, I love real estate because you can feel it.

  189. Today, and I’m very strongly against tax increases.

  190. We – we need strength, we need energy, we need quickness and we need brain in this country to turn it around.

  191. We can’t let people down when they can’t get any medical care, when they’re sick and don’t have money to go to a doctor. You help them.

  192. We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way. Somebody will say, ‘Oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people.

  193. We have to straighten out our country; we have to make our country great again, and we need energy and enthusiasm.

  194. We need a great president.

  195. We need a president with tremendous intelligence, smarts, cunning, strength and stamina.

  196. We need intelligence in this country. We need a certain toughness in this country, or we’re going to end up like a lot of the other places, and we’re not going to have a country left.

  197. We’ve had soldiers that were so badly hurt and killed. I want their families to get something.

  198. Well, I am a Republican, and I would run as a Republican. And I have a lot of confidence in the Republican Party. I don’t have a lot of confidence in the president. I think what’s happening to this country is unbelievably bad. We’re no longer a respected country.

  199. Well, real estate is always good, as far as I’m concerned.

  200. Well, yes, I’ve fired a lot of people. Generally I like other people to fire, because it’s always a lousy task. But I have fired many people.

  201. What I hate about Halle Berry is there’s always drama around her. It’s always fighting, automobile accidents, fistfights, boyfriends fighting ex-husbands for the child.

  202. What my father gave me more than anything else is great tutoring and a great brain, frankly. You know, my father’s brother was a top person at MIT, went to MIT, graduated from MIT, was a teacher at MIT, a professor at MIT, a great engineer. I mean, you know, I have very good genes.

  203. What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.

  204. When somebody challenges you, fight back. Be brutal, be tough.

  205. Windmills are going to be the death of Scotland and even England if they don’t do something about them. They are ruining the countryside.

  206. With out passion you don’t have energy, with out energy you have nothing.

  207. Years ago, I predicted that Iran would take over Iraq. Iran and Iraq used to fight back and forth.

  208. You don’t get a standing ovation and get boos, by the way. They don’t go hand in hand.

  209. You have to blast to build in Manhattan. And the buildings went up in Manhattan because of the power of that bedrock. Once you dig that foundation – and they dig with dynamite – and once you dynamite out and you secure that foundation, that building isn’t going anywhere.

  210. You have to think anyway, so why not think big?

  211. You know that ISIS wants to go in and take over the Vatican? You have heard that. You know, that’s a dream of theirs, to go into Italy.

  212. You know the funny thing, I don’t get along with rich people. I get along with the middle class and the poor people better than I get along with the rich people.

  213. You learn their honesty, you learn their competitiveness. You learn a lot about a person. It’s not that they have to sink the putt and there’s a great deal of talent involved – but you do learn about how competitive a person is on the golf course, and frankly, how honest.

  214. You’ve seen my statements; I do very well. I don’t mind paying some taxes. The middle class is getting clobbered in this country. You know the middle class built this country, not the hedge fund guys, but I know people in hedge funds that pay almost nothing, and it’s ridiculous, OK?