- LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Billionaire
Donald Trump, America's toughest employer, would like to fire the Bush
Administration for its decision to invade Iraq, according to an interview
in the August edition "Esquire," due to be released on Friday.
- "Look at the war in Iraq and the mess that we're
in. I would never have handled it that way. Does anybody really believe
that Iraq is going to be a wonderful democracy where people are going to
run down to the voting box and gently put in their ballot and the winner
is happily going to step up to lead the country?," said the host of
NBC's "The Apprentice," whose hallmark line is "You're fired."
- "C'mon. Two minutes after we leave, there's going
to be a revolution, and the meanest, toughest, smartest, most vicious guy
will take over. And he'll have weapons of mass destruction, which Saddam
didn't have," Trump said in excerpts of the interview released in
advance to Reuters.
- "The Apprentice" was one of NBC's biggest hits
last season, making the real estate mogul a well-known entity to TV viewing
- "What was the purpose of the whole thing? Hundreds
and hundreds of young people killed. And what about the people coming back
with no arms and no legs? Not to mention the other side. All those Iraqi
kids who've been blown to pieces. And it turns out that all of the reasons
for the war were blatantly wrong. All this for nothing!," Trump said.
- Trump also proclaims he would be "tougher"
- "Bin Laden would have been caught long ago. Tell
me, how is it possible that we can't find a guy who's six-foot-six and
supposedly needs a dialysis machine? Can you explain that one to me? We
have all our energies focused on one place, where they shouldn't be focused,"