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BLITZER’S BLOG: Donald Trump – always passionate and opinionated
December 8th, 2011
02:38 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Donald Trump – always passionate and opinionated

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

New York (CNN) - I spent some quality time with Donald Trump today at his office in New York. Having interviewed him many times over the years, I can assure you he remains vintage Trump. He has very strong views on virtually every issue out there – though they are not always what you might think.

He doesn't lack in self-confidence. He's understandably very proud of his accomplishments. He's a firm believer of what my father used to say to me all the time growing up in Buffalo, New York: "Remember, son, if you don't promote yourself, no one else will."

He's out with a new book, "Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again." Walking into Trump Towers on 5th Avenue, I could see the billboards in the lobby announcing the upcoming book signing event. I'm sure the book will be a bestseller. All of his books do well. He certainly has a following, and it goes beyond his NBC "Celebrity Apprentice" viewership.

Having said all that, I could sense his disappointment that all of the Republican presidential candidates didn't immediately agree to his Newsmax-sponsored debate on December 27 in Iowa. As of this writing, only Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have said yes. As I told him during the interview, that's not much of a debate.

Rick Perry and Mitt Romney have politely declined. Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman have made some tough comments about Trump when saying no to the debate, and Trump is not shy about responding in kind.

The chairman of the Republican Party, Reince Priebus, said it would be a problem for Republicans to participate in the debate if Trump continues to hold out the possibility of running as a third party candidate if he doesn't like the eventual Republican nominee. In the face of that, Trump does not back down. He never does. He's Donald Trump.

By the way, he stands by what he wrote in his new book – namely, that his net worth is more than $7 billion even though Steve Forbes in his magazine lists it at just under $3 billion. During my interview with Trump, he makes his case passionately and explains why he decided to release his personal financial information in the book.

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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Perk

    Dear Mr. Trump ! We need your support to beam a horse into the live coverage of Mr. Blitizer in support of S1176. No Horse Slaughter In America ! Baseball caps selling that say Support S1176 ! Stay In The Saddle & Lean With The Trees.Five Miles Til' The Crow Flies ! Don't blame this on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and she and Mr.Clinton are thinking buy a farm with horse stables."Shame on you Obama"...... !

    December 14, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  2. Bruce DIppolito

    Wolf & Piers
    Why are you guys intimidated when you interview Donald Trump. It seems you guys are afraid of how he will respond to your questions especially on the follow up questions. I have watch both of you interview other people and your whole demeaner seems more forceful. With Trump I see intimidation and cowerdness. Piers made an issue with the girl from Delaware but when he talks to Trump he is like a little kid asking for candy. Donald Trump is a Bully with money. However not as much as he thinks as per Forbes.. You both can take a page out of David Gregorys Meet the Press book on how to interview Bullys.

    December 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • explorer

      Donald Trump stop talking. We can not take your clown like performances. No one wants to hear you anymore.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  3. Mary Strecker

    Just watched the show with Trump. OMG, you turned it over to him. With all your interviewing experience, you couldn't get a word in or more importantly, and turn the discussion to the upcoming "trump" debate. He had you. Felt sorry for you ...... and for CNN.

    December 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  4. Bereket

    Are you kidding me! How low can CNN go? I have not seen your station allow any of your presidents being degraded by an intellectual let alone by personalities such as a self-conscious, toupee wearing self-aggrandized piece of work like Trump.

    What saddens me the most is the Sandy you and Ron discussing him as if he amounts to someone important enough to elevate. Is Trump the new bar the US of A?

    I hope he continues talking gibberish and representing the Republican Party because he will end taking it to its grave. And by God, I hope he runs for a president. After all in Trump, you have got a man who has got his priorities straight: a meaningless reality show over saving America. What a joke! Both Trump and you CNN. I will stick to my CBC, BBC and Aljazera.

    December 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  5. Glen Heather

    Wolf – I watched part of your interview with the donald, and I must say, you didn't interview him, you just gave him a forum to expound. You lost on that one. BIG Time!

    December 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  6. Reem

    I am an Iraqi refugee in the US, and I would like to covey to Mr. Trump my complete resentment over what he said in this interview. This war took my life, my family's life and my friends' lives. My country is totally deserted and impoverished as a result of this war, and oil is the only hope that this country would ever be able to stand on its feet again, and YOU think that you should take it? HAVE MERCY!!!

    December 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  7. Cheetah

    By giving someone as unqualified as Mr. Trump a platform, as though he is a serious authority on National and International affairs, you have undermined yourself and CNN. He is not a qualified or serious commentator on the questions you raise. You don't mean to, but you embarrass America by presenting him as one. I write as a very concerned new American.

    December 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  8. Carol

    My parents told me "If you can't say something's better to say nothing at all. It just make you look foolish to behave badly in public " Thanks! Mom and Dad.
    I know that Donald Trump would not pay any attention to "my opinion" but I wonder if he would notice my absent vote, given to Obama who has a better attitude.

    December 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Peter Hendrickson

      Carol - I can't believe this, but my exact sentiments. My mother said the exact same thing! Wow! Peter

      December 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  9. JD

    As Much As I don't like Trump, He is absolutely Right! Obama haven't done anything to move this country forward. Any President would have done the same thing in similar situation in regards to Osama Bin Laden. As a person who voted for Obama Truth Hurts People. Its time to accept.

    December 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • MRC728

      If any president would have done the same thing, then why didn't Bush?

      December 9, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • Bereket

      In all due respect, he was given a bag of lemons and he has made a lemonade with it... If you wanted 3% plus GDP in the state USA was in 2009 you should have voted for a magician. The President is not.

      December 10, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  10. Ted New Mexico

    I get it he has money and that gives him access and kid gloves by the media, like it or not it is wrong and everyone out there is fed up with it. Trump is all about himself and always has been he will make a circus show of the political process if he stands to get something out of it. CNN like Trump you didn't interview Gingrich like he should be you don't call him out on the issues even when everyone knows both are out there. What is wrong with journalism isn't there a code of conduct or an ounce of courage. Are we afraid of something.

    December 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  11. Nick

    Donald Trump needs to stay gfocused on real estate and stay out of politics because nobody likes a loud mouth, self centered, jerk of a guy to vote for. Good for Ron Paul to expose his joke of a debate for what it would have been. Now that most of the candidates are out, Trump can go debate with himself.

    December 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  12. roberta kaulaity

    I know I heard Trump say 'If the banks had not been bailed out I would have lost money' seem to me Obama and Trump are in the money together just my opinion.

    December 9, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  13. wiilyt

    Please Wolf, why on earth would someone with a distinguished career such as yours give this egomaniac blowhard even a minute of your time. Giving him airtime really does diminish the importance of your show, and I'm sorry... but it has diminished my respect for you as a journalist as a result. Keeping your integrity intact is more important than ratings, don't you think?

    December 9, 2011 at 1:55 am |
  14. Daniel

    I thought i was alone in my opinion that its a sheer waste of time to have such prime time on a channel like CNN dedicated to hearing the views of Donald Trump. Please lets stop giving precious time to the views of an idiot. If we continue, we all would appear like we are all idiots. An adage from Africa says "no one tells the blind man the market is over, at some point he's not hearing anything or anyone and would realize that the market is over. This is what we need to do to him.

    Its high time the press /media learn to really lead. Certain guys don't deserve all this attention. I can't really say for sure who Trump represents, perhaps the silly, self-conceited wealthy. Are those the people we should interviewing or listening to?

    December 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  15. Greg, Ontario

    Hey the guy is a Golfer he can't be all bad.

    December 8, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  16. bigwilliestyles

    The 'hold the country hostage and blame President Obama' game has reached the point of diminishing returns. No one's buying it any more. We'll see you repubs at the polls. Obama/Biden 2012!

    December 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  17. Jason M

    I don't understand why CNN Insists on continuing to interview Trump his opinion means nothing he has the least intelligent things to say out of anyone who gets air time all of this coming from a man who made his fortune exploiting the bankruptcy courts if anyone knows how to steal money from the banks it is him. Please stop giving him air time he is a moron!

    December 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  18. june

    This clown is not passionate. Trump just want to make news. He's a Palinet wanna be. The news media caters to him as if he is making sense being "passionate and opinated." Trump is making a loud void noise. If you disagree with him, just like Joe Scrabrough, he huffs and puffs to try and intimidate you. Did you see the expression on Wolf's face when he try to defend the POTUS for killing Bin Laden? Wolf look petrified. What kind of news correspondent allows his guest to intimidate him?

    December 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Vivian K

      I agree, Blitzer looked intimidated by Trump's reaction and response. This clearly should not be the case as I see it with Pierce Morgan as well.

      December 8, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • Trop

      Congratulations Wolf on getting sucked in to the Trump PR machine...again...the Donald is not a legitimate candidate or political talking head...this interview belongs on the E Network, not on a serious news station like CCN...time for Wolf to walk the red carpet and switch over to Entertainment Tonite or Access least you have an excuse for booking someone to bump up the ratings....hope you wear your big boy pants next time.

      December 9, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  19. nabeel

    Trump is a idiot and people are listening to him. What is wrong with America

    December 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • Joe Russo

      The idea that Blitzer would give time and public airing of Trump's views is what's wrong with us (or more accurately, Wolf). The world is full of crazies – but we don't give them a podium on the "serious" cable news network. Blitzer should be embarrassed by staging such a circus.

      December 9, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  20. Fabio A Ortega

    Donald Trump has a case of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. It may not be too extreme, but it's still not good, and this makes him a dangerous role model.

    December 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  21. Natalie W

    Mr. Blitzer, yours is one of my 3 top favorite CNN shows that I try to watch every day (plus I regret highly that Spitzer was taken off the air), but if you continue to "worship" the opinion of Trump on anything and everything, I will stop watching your show because it makes NO SENSE TO ME. The man is an arrogant, egotistical windbag and I could care less what he thinks about politics or other current news events. I watched Erin Burnett's first show, on which she "worshipped" The Donald by asking him about every single subject she was covering that day, including the legal case of the American student in Italy whose guilty verdict was reversed. Trump is not a legal commentator and his opinion is of no interest to me on anything but possibly Wall Street matters, and even then in VERY SMALL DOSES. He is a specialist in making money for himself and in touting his own value and importance, and I am weary of you, Erin Burnett, Piers Morgan and virtually almost everyone on CNN giving him so much air time and seeking out his opinions on everything. You will lose this over-decade viewer if this trend contunues. Sorry, just my opinion. I tried to tweet on this subject and couldn't post on this topic from your show there. I probably will not even get this post on your CNN blog, but I wanted to try. Thank you.

    December 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • Martha C.

      Agreed...on ALL points...CNN is becoming it!

      December 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • David O'Reilly

      Well said! I strongly share your sentiment. Trump makes me SICK!

      December 8, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • Ted New Mexico

      I couldn't agree with your comments more. Thanks and I hope CNN and the rest of the journalist out there listen up like Trump they couldn't interview Gingrich either they play them up and think they do such a great job of journalistic reporting. Trump and Gingrich would exploit the poor to benefit themselves

      December 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  22. George Samuels

    Trump would accept a Cabinet Seat – Secretary of Treasury. He won't run for President. He doesn't shake hands.

    December 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • june

      Trump wouldn't run for president because he knows he can't win. Trump wouldn't even win the nomination.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  23. Robert Melchionda

    I was quite surprised and extremely disappointed that you did not challenge Donald Trump on his absurd remarks involving the killing of Bin Laden. So, what did you challenge? His net worth! Who cares!

    December 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  24. edsr of Dallas

    Wolf....thanks for this opportunity.........Donald Trump is a wise businessman......this country needs a wise businessman to correct all of the economic mistakes the elected officials have made and who are strictly common lawyers by trade. Being an attorney is not a prerequisite to run for President....Having a brain is a prerequisite. Mr Trump has a brain whether people like him or not. At least Mr Trump will tell you "it is what it is" and he will not do a cover up!

    December 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
    • june

      Poor misguided follower.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  25. Henry

    Donald Trump must have forgotten about his failures in Busniess during bankruptcy, airlines, and properties, along with womanizing and not one not two not three failed marriages, Donald Trump show no respect it is decision's that has to be made when he was restructing his busniess Doanld was very quite, well Trump need's to look at President Obama, did not create this mess, as they say President is working ith the hand he was dealt, Donald Trump is only trying to sell a BOOK..

    December 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  26. Peter Hendrickson

    Wolf – because of my broken ankle, I have watched a lot of CNN. I appreciate your candor in everything that I see you do. As for your interview with Trump, I simply want to say what my mother always told me: you have to earn the right to be critical. You have to say something positive about someone first before you can say something critical. In your recent interview it is clear that Donald Trump does not live by that code.

    December 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  27. David S. Muhlfelder

    I personally find it offensive that a supposedly serious news organization would grant so much airtime to a self-promoting carnival barker like Donald Trump. What's worse, Wolf Blitzer allowed him to make absurd statements about the bin Laden raid and America's position in the world without ever once challenging him on the substance. Are you so desperate to fill a twenty-four hour news cycle with any content that you will sink to this level? This interview was a new low for CNN.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • Fabio A Ortega

      Thanks. I agree

      December 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  28. Claude Daniel

    Listening to Donald Trump talking makes me realize that there are two kinds of rich people:
    1- The riches by merit in the likes of Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates.
    2- The riches by accident who behaves likes they say in french "Arriviste".
    Trump is the definition of someone who thinks that being rich gives you the right to say anything to anyone, hasn't he learned a lesson from the President's Birth certificate? Why hasn't he held a stable relationship, does his shrewdness also goes all the way to the bedroom? Don, please think before you speak or just shut up !!!!!!!!

    December 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  29. Kathleen

    Wolf – why do you give Donald Trump a platform? All he wants is publicity for his book and by keeping his name on the lips of the media, he gets free advertizing. He only makes these crazy pronouncements when he has something to sell so the more outrageous the better and you guys fall for it every time. He is laughing all the way to the bank!

    December 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  30. kevin

    Keep digging trump, your "endorsement" after your "debate" is the reapers touch to whoever receives it. Now wolf, I must say I'm a tad disappointed in your, and indeed, interviewers as a whole, when someone your interviewing starts spewing such garbage as trump just did you NEED to stop them and say "Sir, I have no idea where your coming from and I must say that you are completly off-base" and possibly say "This interview is over" what does someone have to say for this to occur I wonder?

    December 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  31. banksj570

    Trump has it wrong. He is the one projecting his stupidity on others. I wish he was asked what if the mission to get Osama had failed. Since he was so eager to take credit from Obama saying it was the same officers that were there for years, and they get the credit for the mission. " They told Obama we know where he is and we can take him out with a missile or go get him." "By saying Go get him doesn't give him the credit for OBL being taken out."
    My question would have been why those generals didn't find this out under GW and what would you say about Obama if the seals failed as did the mission taken by Carter?
    He should do as they say. When people think you are a fool it is better to keep your mouth shut than open it and remove all doubt.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  32. Jason in Manhattan

    Dear Mr. Blitzer:

    I have been watching CNN from day one. Although I feel the quality of programming has declined a little in the past two years, CNN is still my preferred choice for cable news (Jack Cafferty is great).

    Why do you allow Donald Trump to demean your journalistic skills? He is a blowhard and a braggart who uses any avenue of news media he can as a means of self-promotion. And you always fall for it.

    Listen, if you ignore him I promise he will go away. Sure, he'll always have Fox News to fall back on, but you are better than that? Aren't you?

    Jason C. Galvez

    December 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  33. Floyd Robinson

    Wolf is amazing, love to watch him, do watch him almost everyday!
    Today he interviewd Donald Trump... OMG what a windbag!!
    He's so opinionated it's a shame...loves himself... his name should be Donald Trumpet!!
    I hope and pray that the simplicity of Democrats & Republicans agreeing on things will happen soon!
    USA, USA... come on you Republicans & Democrats, agree on something save your country.
    The blame game sucks...Obama's to blame, please do you honestly, sincerely, in your heart of hearts believe he's behind all your current woes!!

    December 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  34. RGS

    Quality time with Donald Trump! Now that's an oxymoron. C'mn Wolf, enough of that hukster. We out here in the eal world don't take Trump seriously. Why do you?

    December 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  35. JT Heneghan

    Wolf Blitzer is the biggest coward in television. I just watched him interview Donald Trump. Does he ask him any questions on the validity of Trump being important? Or to verify his actual financial records, or what part of the public that he represents? No he just lets an egotistical hair weave rant about he could negotiate better trade deals. No proof of this mind you nor would the coward Blitzer ever ask about his experience in foreign trade deals maybe it was in his Book the art of the deal in which he brags about pulling the wool over people. Does any one at CNN ask why are we letting people like Donald Trump on TV? Is it just ratings? You should have your license to to use the airwaves be revoked you have no serious purpose. You should be ashamed of yourselves

    December 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  36. Amwa Ledgerwood

    Sorry Wolfe had to turn your show off with that nauseating gaudy reality star you had on. What a nobody of any substance he is. He thinks he is cute by having to really think to answer your question about our President. It just showed how ignorant and shallow he really is. Our President has more class in his little finger than that egoist has in his whole body. If he is so wonderful where are all these people who admire him? I sure haven't met any not in this Republic an town anyway. He must be going through some mental crisis. Oh by the way ask him how he can give the President advice, would that be on screwing the taxpayer's on how to file bankruptcy. He is a thin skinned nobody with an ego, period.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  37. Lynn Kinsey

    You call him passionate and opinionated. I call him arrogant and bombastic. Get him off the air.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  38. Jt_flyer

    He get his money from his NYC slumlord father. What part of that gives him the right to get invloved in the presidential elections? Oh, I see, that fact that he has the money from his slumlord father. Trump is an insignificant, no talent, wannabe.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  39. Jake Simon

    Why do you give this narcissistic guy airtime? He said he would run only because he would have to, not because he would want to. Who would want someone that doesn't even like his job? I Think Obama does it because he's proud of the position and he loves his country.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  40. tim

    Trump for president. the right mazn to make america great again!

    December 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  41. Mike in Canada

    Stop it. Just stop it. PLEASE stop it. Stop giving this carnival barker publicity. If he wants to be a G.O.P. player then he should run. You hurt your network's credibility by interviewing a reality show host on the political landscape. What's next? Snooki on the Congressional partisanship idiocy?

    December 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  42. alec

    What a complete idiot this guy is, (Trump)! yeah he may be a brilliant business man, and this is yet to be proven. how many times has he filed bankruptcy? And, with proper capital investments can not anyone succeed in business, but to give his .2 cents in world politics. C'mon, so President Obama doesn't get credit for capturing and killing the number 1 terrorist in the world? Wow, so I guess he gets no credit when his companies do good, the managers are the ones on the ground doing the work they let him know what's going on and he just makes a quick easy decision, which as he put it, '"Any idiot would make.'"

    December 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  43. Jim Watson

    Are the faces and values of Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich the faces and values of 21st America?

    December 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  44. Heidi H. Perkins

    Wolf, PLEASE. Enough with Trump! Why are you giving him so much air time? He is the most self-inflated, least intelligent when it comes to foreign policy, and obnoxious persom on the face of the earth. That bombast is not in the least interesting or important (despite his claims to the contrary). Please stick with interviewing people that matter so that we may all be educated rather than wasting our time. Thank you.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  45. Glenn

    I'm amazed that Wolf's show shrunk to the level where he gives a guy like Donald Trump a platform to spout his garbage. When are you going to have Rush Limbaugh.. With all due respect Wolf, your show has lost all its legitimacy.
    Sad, because I use to enjoy it.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  46. mike hill

    Newt and Donald, Mr Morality men. They sure have made money on the backs of others. How many bankrupt projects has Donald had.
    Does donal d know that a Navy Admiral at JSOC Commanded the raid that kille Bin Laden. Why is Donald and Newt so liked yet they both are so mouthy and have done little for america except for the rich

    December 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  47. Karen

    Donald Trump!!! WHY??? What a waste of time.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  48. Angela Blachut

    Donald Trump is entitled to his opinions, unfortunately, he does not believe that anyone else is entitled to theirs...can't watch this man on the air, lively and spirited discussion is always appreciated, misconception and distorted reality is not, any interview with him is always dominated by his self promotion and delusions of grandeur...

    December 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  49. Cindy

    Wolf, You should be ashamed of bringing this arrogant, self serving celebrity on your show. The interview makes a mockery of our country. So Trump says he doesn't want to be President but is willing to do us all a big favor and run? Watching that was like being in the Twilight Zone. Whose stupid here? Even my pre-schoolers are laughing! Wolf, you're fired.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  50. Cindy in Florida

    I simply cannot believe how disrespectful Trump is! I cannot stand another moment of him! had to turn off the interview!

    December 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  51. Maxine Ramirez de Arellano

    Shame on Wolf wasting time with Trump. This guy is a clown who thinks he's someone and Wolf is there asking him questions and letting him get away with bs answers. Maybe CNN needs to replace Wolf with someone who isn't a patsy to these morons who do not deserve air time. This isn't news, this was an ad for Trump's new book. Spare us.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  52. lgny

    In 2008, the Republicans screamed foul when one of the interviewers was working on a book about the campaign while asking questions of the candidates. This time around Trump has a book out and it's just fine that he conducts the debate.

    This is all such stupid grand-standing. All who participate should be reprimanded severely for making a mockery of the office of the president.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  53. Ed from Las Cruces

    Please stop wasting our time with interviews that give credibility to Donald Trump. You are contributing to the continuing debasement of the American political process. CNN is capable of so much better work!

    December 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  54. Laura518

    Self confident? I think not. Anyone that blows his own horn at every turn couldn't possibly be self confident....actually smacks of insecurity. If someoen digs him, he goes way overboard on an attack. Every minute he is being interviewed, he is saying how he is the greatest, or how his show is #1, or how he is amazing....if he was truly self confident, he wouldn't need to brag to the level that he does. He comes across as an insecure, little man.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  55. David

    I can't believe Wolf Blitzer's lack of firm response in the Trump interview when Trump said he believed the President would start war with Iran in order to assure his reelection. His intergrity and that of CNN were severly compromised when a journalist of the presumed stature did not/would not challenge that statement and immediatly fire back at Trump to be sure he meant that. That kind of statement must not go unchallenged. Is Blitzer and CNN also afraid of Trump? Surely regardless of his "newsworthiness" in the minds of some news people Trump is a joke and should not be allowed to have air time to say those kinds of things and not be confronted about them. On the Iran comment Blitzer just let it pass and went on to something else. Shame on him and CNN!!

    December 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  56. Kittycat73

    Don't tell me no one said anything here???

    December 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  57. Heart Beat

    Trump is all about his image. He does not have 7 billion, but that's the perception he wants us to have of him.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  58. chuckwagonxx

    How could anyone take Trump seriously. He may be good at real estate and negotiating, but as a President?? I don't think someone who is so infatuated with himself can deal with world leaders on our behalf. Self centered, narcissistic, etc. etc., Donald is all about Donald. He knocks President Obama like they all do, but he cannot deal with Obama on the same level.
    Donald Trump barely made it thru college, without his father's money he would not have graduated. Now he wants to put himself on the same level as President Obama? I don't think so.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  59. John Roberts

    Wolfe, WHY in the world are you giving so much air time to the Donald??? He is a complete joke and yet you seem to take him seriously! Why? Just because he has money? Come on now. You are a wonderful Journalist and I have always enjoyed listening to you BUT your fetish for the Donald simply is bizarre. All al the free air time to a creep like that??? Certainly not very professional of you.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  60. Brian

    He should explain about his business practices which led Nevada NOT to grant him a gaming license. People invested trusting his name. The out come was a disaster.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  61. Bill

    I just watched the Trump interview with Wolf. Why do you give a lunatic like him any time to speak on your show? He is clearly a self serving idiot who's 10 minutes of fame have been over for a long time now. CNN continues to perpetuate this train wreak, is it for ratings? I hope not because he makes me sick and I'm sure other viewers feel the same and turn the channel when we see that you are taking him seriously.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  62. Joji Escoto

    The only few times I changed channel away from CNN is when Wolf was interviewing Donald Trump. Don't treat this clown as if he has some sensible things to say about current politics. I thought CNN has more substance rather than shopping for ratings. Very disappointed.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  63. 2cents

    Trump is a narcissistic self-righteous egomaniac. He's an average-thinker. Hey Trump, take note: The Democratic party is very diverse & inclusive. It's full of independent thinkers, not lemmings.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  64. Paul

    Trump to USA debtors: "Sorry, we are declaring bankruptcy and starting over and you won't get a cent" He should know, he has done this many times on someone else's dime. He makes me laugh when he does an interview because he is NEVER wrong. I have never seen someone so perfect (tongue in cheek, Donald)

    December 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  65. Robert Humphries

    Why keep giving this modern day P.T. Barnum any credibility – his views are mostly self-promotion. Without hair he would be a joke, his hair makes him look more like a clown from the circus. His first dip into the political waters was more self- promotion of a reality show than substance on par with a serious candidate for president – why would any politician aspiring the the highest elected office in the land even consider having Trump moderate a serious debate. Just bring up the Comedy Central roast of Trump to see the insanity of having him be any part of a presidential election.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  66. Spencer

    Of course Trump is going to be passionate and opinionated. Look at his life and his career field. Look at how he treats people and how he's made his riches. He's not a politician by far. And I'm confused as to how he became such a spotlight in politics over the past year. This is stupid. Who cares about Trump and his money? He's not helping anything or anyone out in America right now. And sence when do we let Trump or any cleberity for that matter get so much media coverage over politics? Is this what politics in the United States is comeing down to? If so thats just sad, and if thats so I fear more for our country and it's direction that it's taken more so then ever.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • Spencer

      Oh ya and P.S. If this is what the media has came down to when it decideds to cover politics then I say we need to take a good close look at how the media covers politics. Is Trump even running for a political position? This is as absurd as covering Palin in Iowa during the Ames Straw Poll when she showed up and wasn't even on the ticket. Very sad and sickening to see the once held highly thought of American plitical system. The founders would be ashamed to the point of dismay.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  67. sarah

    STOP – please stop – talking to Donald Trump. I don't care about what he thinks, he is not credible on any topic, and you are giving him WAY too much time. He's a blow-hard.

    Please stop. I have to turn the station regularly. He doesn't deserve the attention,

    December 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm |

    What?!?! You are featuring an interview with trump the master manipulator? time for me to change the channel! bye

    December 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  69. Ramin

    Please do not give air time to this man who disrespects our president and calls him stupid for not asking for 50% of Libya's oil. This is not the Apprentice, this is foreign policy. All he is seeking is attention to make more money and the media gives him exactly that. Can we please stick to news, that is, important things going on in the world.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  70. Carl

    do we as americans really care what this man has to say?
    i say his opinions are irrelevant.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  71. Martin

    When even the Tea Party faithful candidates like Rick Perry say they're not going, and you can't get an answer out of Michelle Bachmann, I'm guessing your debate isn't going to be all it's cracked up to be.

    Gingrich vs Huntsman? At least we should have a bit of a debate on foreign policy, but it's doubtful Trump would be able to make it any more interesting than any other debate. Unless he has each candidate hooked up to an electric chair and the voltage goes down the more the public like their answer.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • David O'Reilly

      Actually it's Gingrich vs Santorum, which is even more worse!

      December 8, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
  72. Maude

    It is people like this guy that America is broke. Always slithering in background to pray on the poor and the weak.
    His kind makes me puke. Rich and snooty thinking that he knows all and is the almighty. You will be planted in the soil in twenty or thirty years and be returned to the dust to dust , ashes to ashes whence you came from. The end !

    December 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  73. it is sad

    Mr Trump is now offically and certifiably crazy. So, with him the United States should strike up deals with oil rich countries. Oil in exchange for our troops. Makes me wonder if he was an advisor to Mr Bush just before we attacked Iraq. I remember all the talk about how the oil form Iraq would more then pay for the war... What happend there Mr Trump?

    December 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  74. Rajiv Shaw

    Trump and Grinch...the face America projects to the rest of the world. No wonder so few people like us!

    December 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  75. CitizenJP

    I hope Mr. Trump has the capacity to realize that strength of America does not come from bullying others but leading others, which is exactly what President Obama is doing, leading, not bullying as Mr. Trump would do. Mr. Trump's accomplishments that came from taking unfair opportunities are nothing to be proud of. He has authored books before and has been dead wrong in his economic predictions. I wonder if Mr. Trump is not running because he so very well knows that his pompous ego cannot bear it when he discovers that he has less following than a random Joe.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  76. bill hill

    7 billon huh! If I prorate the taxes on that based on mine from 50,ooo/yr he should have paid close to 2billion.I'd like to see the receipt!!! But at least I know his Kids are over there With mine fighting for our "interest" right ......right????

    December 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  77. Mary Sharum

    Why should we care what a business tycoon thinks about governance? Trump may be passionate about his opinions, but he knows no more than the family dog about the issues of government. Give me a break! I don't care to see his angry face or to hear his opinions about government/politics when I watch CNN. His opinion counts no more than mine, and I don't get to be on international camera, addressing the whole world about my opinion.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  78. Gloria

    I don't think Mr. Trump's debate is going to get off the ground–not with only two candidates saying "yes" so far. I am surprised Michelle B. hasn't agreed to it; she and the Donald seem so close.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  79. Jenna

    When Trump came on the air I turned the channel.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  80. John Scott

    I like Donald Trump. But he will never be a good Political candidate. Because he does not always give lip service to dumb voters. People vote for whoever promises them the most. This is how we got 4 years of Obama. Its a mistake voters keep making over and over. I hope most of the candidates show up for the debate. Politically I don't know how Romney can't attend and not look like he is affraid of facing tougher questions. Its getting down to the wire and all these guys need all the exposure they can get.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  81. nuser

    why must we hear from him? Is Palin next?

    December 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  82. JohnRJ08


    December 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  83. rufus

    I do not know whom I dislike more - the Donald or the Wolfman. Could one room be big enough for both egos?

    December 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  84. jeanne

    Donald Trump is a JOKE!! I've only voted Democratic once in my lifetime, and that was for Obama. If John McCain didn't have the other "joke", Sarah Palin, as his running mate, I probably would have voted Republican. How will I vote next year? Well, if Donald Trump or Newt Gingrich is the Republican candidate, I will once again vote Democratic. I'm glad his sponsored DEBATE won't happen. What a CIRCUS!!!

    December 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  85. John Nemesh

    Why is this guy even on TV at this point??? Do people really watch him? Does he have ANY background that makes people think he knows whats going on in politics? This man is a CLOWN, and the sooner we all (including CNN and other news outlets) realize that he is NOT WORTHY OF COVERAGE, the sooner we can have him fade to obscurity. It cant happen fast enough!

    December 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  86. dolores

    We desperately need Donald Trump in the white house, we need someone who will keep the money in this country, and knows finances, and will be able to open opportunties for Americans to keep our Country working. Go for it!!! Donald

    December 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  87. Curt

    Just answer one question for me. Since it it rather obvious from viewer's mail that the majority of people have no use for Donald Trump nor do they care what he has to say about anything why do you insist on interviewing him? I'am beginning to think Trump has majority shares in CNN. Only thing worse then listening to him ramble on would be listening to Sarah Palin, Rick Perry and Michelle Bachman. Give it a break CNN, no one cares what Donald Trump thinks.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  88. A

    First, why anyone takes this man seriously is beyond me...Second, if he decides to run AGAIN do we have to hear about all of the women he slept with??Insert shudder here...

    December 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  89. JIM

    well ... I'd say the fourth word is the first sign of a poor story. I suspect there is no such thing as "quality" time with trump.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  90. Grey, Atlanta

    Trump is the only guy who can get America back to its greatness. We have been on a steady decline for decades now, and if we elect one of the Republican contenders or re-elect Obama, we are going to continue the slide toward the abysss. Now let all the hateful and derisive comments about Trump start flowing in.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  91. ed

    Donal Trump self confident????? You need to learn something about human personality Wolf. His constant need for attention says more than anything else could how deeply insecure this man is. Obviously he will never realize this nor will even intelligent people such as yourself.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  92. TruthinPolitics

    Trump is lucky that he was born into a very wealthy real estate empire started by his father Fred, and had a very considerable advantage. That advantage has now been passed down to his children and so on and so forth. I guess being born with a silver spoon in your mouth makes you confident.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  93. opinion

    Trump is repuslive!

    December 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  94. opinion

    Trump is repulsive as a human being as well as a business man

    December 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  95. Rich

    Wolf I know it is tuff being a journalist and interviewing all kinds of people. I certainly respect you for the work you do. I think the hardest part is how you have to sit there and listen to these people blow their own horn and regardless of how much what they say may bother you, you just have to sit there and shake your head. Fortunately the rest of us don't.

    Trump is full of passion about what he thinks and in that there is no doubt. I just wish some of it made a little bit more sense. Those republicans who declined his debate did so for obvious reasons. They don't like going to the circus. That is exactly what Trump will turn this debate into. It will not be about the candidates that attend it. It will be all about about Donald Trump. That is what everything Trump produces directs and orchestrates or stars in is all about. He is a show man and I am certain if we look at his family tree that somewhere down the line we will find the man is related to PT Barnum. One of Barnum's famous quotes is, "There is a sucker born every minute". What this translate to is that there are many gullible people and always will be. Trump is living proof of it.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  96. The Real Tom Paine

    Why do people treat him like he's some sort of wise sage? His wealth was not built by producing goods and services, but a brand: his name. What has he eally done to deserve this status, when he has created nothing, invented nothing, and ultimately is nothing. His obsertvations are like cotton candy, full of hot air and of no value or substance at all.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  97. Ed Scheiner New Freedom Pa

    Wolf, Why are you crowning Trump??? Who selected him as knowing anything? He only used the system and the law to create wealth thru bankruptcy. Who annointed him as the Machine Boss? Wolf, you are doing you and your show a nijustice by giving him any spotlight. Opinionated? To have an opinion you need to be successful for it to count. Using others is not success. It is pitiful. Please Wolf wake up and smell the roses. Trumps roses died long ago.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  98. Nunya Biznezz

    Soon it will be Trump and Gingrich sitting around stroking each others ego.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  99. Jim Thomas

    How many bankrupcies has he taken?,which means he has screwed a lot of little people out of money owed.We already have enough idiotd in D.C. We do not need any more.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  100. Greg

    Nobody takes Trump seriously. His "debate" is just another of his self aggrandizing gimmicks, and any candidate who participates immediately loses credibility. Thankfully it seems most of them realize this and have decided not to show up. I expected Paul and Huntsman to have to much integrity to lower themselves to it, but was pleasantly surprised by Romney. I think Perry will take any opportunity to NOT debate at this point. Gingrich and Santorum can take turns talking about Obama's birth certificate, nobody will be watching.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
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