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Medicare 'is a problem because we have become a poor nation,' Donald Trump says

Donald Trump speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C., Friday, June 3 2011.

Medicare was the topic on the table when Donald Trump called in from a golf course to speak to Bill O'Reilly, but naturally the subject returned to the billionaire's plans to run for president.

But first Trump explained that if Asian countries "would let us have our jobs back," the issues with Medicare would get resolved naturally.

"Bill, if we could get the economy going and if China would stop taking all of our jobs because our leaders are not smart -- in fact, I'll go a step further -- because we have stupid leadership, and if South Korea and all of these other countries that make all of our products and, in particular China, would let us have our jobs back, if we had intelligent people negotiating, where all of these countries -- by the way, China, what they are doing with their currency in terms of manipulation makes it impossible for our people to compete," Trump told the Fox host on "The O'Reilly Factor" on Friday.

"So if we took our jobs back and we made this country strong again and we made our own product and we got together, not -- you don't get together -- if we did something with respect to OPEC, who is ripping us off like nobody's ever ripped us before, Medicare would take care of itself," deduced The Donald.

Trump's favorite subject, of course, is himself, and he did not miss the opportunity to tell O'Reilly of his intention to run as an independent if the GOP nominates someone weak.

"Look, I have tens of thousands of people asking me to stay involved, asking me to run, frankly, for president. And you know that when -- I told you about it that I wouldn't be running as a Republican, I was leading in the polls. But there is plenty of time because my contract expires with NBC in 11 months from now. And if I see a number of things, if the economy continues to do badly, which I predict it will because we have nobody that knows what they are doing on top. And if the Republicans pick, and I say respectfully, a weak candidate, or as we say in New York a stiff, if the Republicans pick somebody that's not a good candidate, I may very well run as an independent, and I think I would win," Trump predicted.

O'Reilly humorously asked the real estate tycoon who owns several golf courses if he would ever give disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner a golf membership.

"He is not a good guy and obviously he has got some serious psychological problems," Trump said of the Democrat. "I would rather not have him in my clubs," he added.

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Photo: Real estate mogul Donald Trump, host of NBC's "The Apprentice," speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Credit: Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT

 
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Trump should keep his mouth shut, since he's part of the problem, like all the other Republican wanna-be-presidents. The only solution any of them seem to have is to give even more money to corporations and to Wall Street executives, all of which have far too much money now.

that picture reminds me of someone...

thanks to republicans who under bush sent jobs overseas by giving big tax breaks they had to steal money that we worked for to put into medicare. good going you scumbag republicans time to fire all you

even if we have become a poor country...who was the cause of it? A republican.

China did not TAKE out jobs, The businessmen of this country give it to them to make more money.

"that picture reminds me of someone ... "

Yes, Dee, me too ... and that person was an economic nationalist like Trump, Buchanan, Perot, etc.

Happy birthday Donald trump. You need to stop your TV show and start shaking up the Washington weak leans now, not in 11 mos. Wake up Donald.......

Our government sold out all of our manufacturing companies to china and others. India is also another perfect example of out sourcing for cheap labor that our government allowed and negotiated. Donald trump is correct in what he is saying and it is really important that he stay and say what is on his mind because he understands the nature of the working class people and what made America it once was. Funny how we have our young people looking to be waiters in restaurants when 20 years ago it was making cars in Detroit and working our railway system and building.What happened to our steel industry and coal industry is ashamed. We sent everything overseas and now we are to proud to say hey we are taking it back but we want to borrow the money your making off of our wealth that we gave you.Yes I support Donald trump just for the fact that he speaks the truth.There was never anything wrong with Nationalism and putting America first.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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