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Tuesday
Nov132012

Petition Urges Macy's to Dump Donald Trump Ads, Merchandise

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A petition urging Macy's to "dump" Donald Trump and his branded goods from its advertisements and stores could reach 500,000 signatures Tuesday as some consumers react to the retail giant's relationship with the controversial critic of President Obama. Among those consumers was Cher, the singer and actress, who eloquently aired her frustrations via Twitter on Sunday.

"Racist cretin who'd lie like 'his rug' to get some cheap press! I can't believe Macy's thinks he's the right 'man' 2 represent their name!"

The so-called "Dump Trump" petition, which users sign through the site signon.org, was organized by 30-year-old lawyer Angelo Carusone. Carusone cites Trump's post-election tweets, one of which urged a "march on Washington" after the election. Carusone said he also believes a Macy's Christmas ad in which Trump doubts a man who claims to be Santa, presumably in a nod to Trump's "birther" argument that Obama may not have been born in the U.S., has helped encourage people to sign his petition.

"When I saw Trump's repeated calls for revolution on Twitter and the $5 million birther stunt, I realized, as a lover of Macy's, that the company was getting publicity from Trump's chicanery consequence-free," Carusone told ABC News.

Carusone organized a similar "Stop Beck" effort in 2009, which focused on another controversial figure, Glenn Beck, and urged his advertisers to reassess their relationship with Beck. Carusone called his left-wing campaigns "advertiser education efforts."

"I don't believe people really care what Trump has to say," Carusone said, "This is about Macy's benefitting from Trump's unacceptable behavior."

Macy's released a statement Tuesday evening that distanced the company from Trump's statements without naming him.

"Many of the individuals associated with products sold at Macy's -- or at any retailer, for that matter -- express personal opinions that are not related to the merchandise we sell or to the philosophies of our company."

Trump has not spoken publicly about the petition. However, the business mogul did respond to Cher's comments via his own Twitter account.

"@cher -- I don't wear a "rug" -- it's mine," Trump tweeted Tuesday, "And I promise not to talk about your massive plastic surgeries that didn't work."

Earlier Tuesday, Trump also tweeted, "My fragrance -- "Success" -- is flying off the shelves @Macys The perfect Christmas gift!"

Trump's Twitter account has nearly 2 million followers.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Jan292012

Donald Trump Stokes Presidential Bid Rumors

Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump is keeping the door open to a possible presidential bid, stoking rumors again Sunday that he could toss his hat into the ring and run as an independent if he does not believe the eventual Republican nominee can beat President Obama.

“It’s not something I want to do, but if I don’t see a person that, number one, is going to win I would certainly think about doing it after the show ends,” Trump said on CBS’ Face the Nation, referring to his reality TV show The Apprentice, which ends in May.

Trump said he is considering endorsing one of the current GOP candidates. If the man he endorses wins the nomination, Trump said he “absolutely would not run.”

But the millionaire real estate mogul said the Republican candidates are “hurting themselves” and their chances of beating Obama because the “level of hatred” in the primary race is so high.

Obama advisor David Axelrod agreed, telling NBC’s David Gregory that the primary process “isn’t helping” Mitt Romney, in particular, and that as a result, the primary race “will go on for a while.”

“I still think he is a weak frontrunner,” Axelrod said on Meet the Press. “He overpowered [Newt] Gingrich in Florida with a spending advantage and very negative campaign. He’s still under water nationally.”

But former GOP candidate Michele Bachmann said the often scathing back-and-forth between frontrunners was just “the normal rough and tumble of a campaign.”

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus agreed, saying “tough” primaries such as this serve to make the eventual nominee “tougher and battle tested.”

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Sunday
Dec042011

Newt Gingrich In For Trump Debate – ‘Apprentice: The Presidency’

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is ready to participate in what he calls, “Apprentice: The Presidency” with Donald Trump.

Donald Trump will moderate a debate hosted by conservative magazine Newsmax in Des Moines, Iowa on Dec. 27. Gingrich is the only candidate to officially announce his participation so far. Both Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman declined.

“How could you turn down the Donald?” Gingrich said.

Gingrich said that while he enjoys debating, for him it’s about the entertainment.

“I would want to go just for the entertainment value. I can’t imagine [what] a debate hosted by Donald Trump will be like,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich plans to meet with Trump on Monday as several other candidates have already done. Gingrich said the meeting with Trump was already planned before the announcement of the debate last week.

Gingrich said he is “perfectly happy” to go to the debate since he will already be in town.

“It’s going to be in Iowa so it makes a lot of sense because we’re going to be in Iowa by that point,” Gingrich said. “In all seriousness, Trump is a unique American character. It would be like if Bill Gates called and said I’d like to host a debate.”

Gingrich will meet with Trump on Monday in New York City.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug172011

Donald Trump Would 'Put Country First' and Pay More Taxes

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump backed up fellow billionaire Warren Buffett’s op-ed in The New York Times and said he’d be willing to pay more in taxes, but he doesn’t think Wall Street would go along with it.

“I would be willing to," Trump told ABC's chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday, "but a lot of people wouldn't be.  A lot of people would leave the country. I'm talking about big people, job-producing people. Would I be willing? Yeah, I'd be willing.  I’d put country first.  Lot of people don't necessarily put country first."

Trump said these “unpatriotic” businessmen would take their money elsewhere, leaving the U.S. with nothing.

“I deal with Wall Street all the time.  I know all of them…You're going to have a mass exodus.  You already have an exodus out of this country.  But you're going to have a mass exodus of business out of this country when you start taxing too high,” he said.

Except when it comes to oil, and specifically the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC.  Trump says we should close the loopholes on oil companies, a position that sets him apart from many in the Tea Party.

“If you go back to certain companies, Exxon Mobil, the oil companies, for us to be subsidizing oil companies is absolutely insane.  And frankly, the oil companies really facilitate OPEC.  The worst abuser we have is OPEC,” he said.

“Every time the economy gets good, oil goes up…So what they do is they systematically destroy any momentum you get.  Because oil should be selling at $25 to $30 a barrel right now,” Trump said.

The real estate mogul said he'd also like to tax Chinese products in order to get the country to stop manipulating their currency.

“You put a 25 percent tax on Chinese products, products coming into this country, two things are going to happen.  Number one, this country's going to take in a bundle of money,” he said.  “And number two, a lot of people won't have their products made in China.  They'll start being made in Alabama, in Iowa, in New York, in Texas and lots of other places.”

Trump added that if this move started a trade war it would be okay because we shouldn’t be trading when there is such an imbalance -- it’s not fair trade.

“The fact is, China is not our friend.  I was asked, ‘Are they our enemy?’ I said, ‘Yeah.  Actually, they're our enemy.  China is our enemy.’  What they're doing to us is unbelievable,” he said.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr282011

Donald Trump Blames China for Fact That Much of His Gear Is 'Made in China'

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump, who has repeatedly accused China of stealing manufacturing jobs from the U.S., acknowledged Thursday that an array of Trump-branded clothes, accessories and other products are made in China.

The real estate and casino mogul, who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination, blamed China for the fact that Trump ties, Trump cufflinks and even Trump teddy bears come with a "Made in China" label.

"The answer is very simple: Because of the fact that China so manipulates their currency it makes it almost impossible for American companies to compete," Trump told ABC News.

"You see it with all of the items you are talking about. You also see it with building products. If it continues this way, America won't have any jobs, except for taking care of the elderly."

Asked if he ever looked at having his Trump products manufactured in the U.S., Trump said, "Always do. There are very few companies that do it because they can't compete with the manipulation."

Trump has made the flow of U.S. jobs overseas, especially to China, as much a centerpiece of his exploratory campaign for president as his questions about whether President Obama was born in America, saying, "The problem with our country is that we don't make anything anymore."

Trump hammered at China again Wednesday during a visit to New Hampshire. "China is raping this country," Trump told employees at Wilcox Industries, which makes tactical equipment for U.S. military forces.

"When this country became great was the industrial revolution," said Trump, a Republican. "We are now the opposite of the industrial revolution, and pretty soon we are going to fall off a cliff."

But visitors to the Trump Store in the lobby of the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City, or to the displays of Trump clothing at Macy's in New York's Herald Square, would be hard-pressed to find much labeled "Made in the U.S.A."

At the same time Trump was speaking in New Hampshire, his Trump Store was contributing to the growth of Chinese manufacturing, arguably at the expense of American workers, selling $80 Trump-branded cotton sweaters and $70 Trump-branded warm-up tops, all made in China. Also available with the made in China tag: golf hats stamped with the Trump crest and stuffed animals.

Among the few items made in the U.S.A.: Trump chocolate bars, books, teas and Christmas tree ornaments, priced at $15 each.

As first reported by Salon.com, the Trump wear sold in Macy's, part of the Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, is manufactured overseas, including ties in more than 50 different styles and colors (all made in China), suits (made in Mexico and Vietnam), and dress shirts (five styles made in China).

All the Trump tie pins ($22) and tie clips ($28) are labeled as "Made in China," as are the cufflinks ($35 to $45 a pair) and even the boxes containing them.

Although many Chinese-made products are sold under the Trump name, Trump repeatedly has complained about the quality of Chinese-made goods compared to American products. "Our companies make a better product, that's very important to know. We make a better product," he told a major gathering of conservative activists, the Conservative Political Action Conference, in Washington in February.

Adding to the outrage, in Trump's view, is that China is using its windfall to buy U.S. debt. He says the U.S. should slap heavy taxes on imported Chinese goods to jack up their prices.

"Hey look, I know lots of folks in China, they think we are the dumbest son of a bitches in the world, all right?" he said earlier this year. "They are laughing at us behind our backs, taking money out and then they loan it to us."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio 

Wednesday
Apr272011

Donald Trump: ‘China Is Raping This Country’

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEWINGTON, N.H.) -- Donald Trump came to a defense contracting firm on Wednesday, condemning in the sharpest possible words President Obama’s fiscal policies and the country’s economic competitiveness with China.

“China is raping this country,” Trump told employees at Wilcox Industries, a company that manufactures tactical equipment for U.S. military forces.

As a potential presidential candidate Trump has been critical of the Obama administration’s approach to the Asian economic powerhouse. At a news conference at the airport just after landing his helicopter in New Hampshire, Trump said China is taking over the world because its leaders are smarter.

Trump also vowed that, if elected, he would “put the country back to work.”

“I’m a worker,” Trump told a crowd of about 100 people in Newington.

“When this country became great was the industrial revolution,” he said.  “We are now the opposite of the industrial revolution, and pretty soon we are going to fall off a cliff.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr212011

Donald Trump's Companies Have Filed for Bankruptcy Four Times

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump -- or companies that bear his name -- have declared bankruptcy four times.

Trump has built an American empire from Las Vegas to New York with towering hotels and sparkling casinos.  Forbes estimates he's worth $2.7 billion.  But not all of Trump's business ventures have been constant money-makers.

In 1991, 1992, 2004, and again in 2009, Trump branded companies or properties have sought Chapter 11 protection.

"I've used the laws of this country to pare debt....We'll have the company.  We'll throw it into a chapter.  We'll negotiate with the banks.  We'll make a fantastic deal.  You know, it's like on The Apprentice.  It's not personal.  It's just business," Trump told ABC News last Thursday.

A business declaring bankruptcy is nothing new in corporate America, where bankruptcy is often sugar-coated as "restructuring debt."  But it might seem alarming to everyday Americans who can't get a bank to restructure their home loans.  If you want to get Donald Trump hot under the collar, accuse him of declaring bankruptcy.

Doug Heller, the executive director of Consumer Watchdog, said Trump is the "most egregious, almost comical example" of the disparity between what the average American faces when going through bankruptcy and the "ease with which the very rich can move in and out of bankruptcy."

"Under the American bankruptcy laws, if you end up in bankruptcy because you're struggling with divorce or medical payments or a sudden change of income, it's a disaster.  If you fail miserably with huge dollars involved then you just need some accountants to rework your books," Heller said.

The multi-billionaire touts his huge net worth and big business experience as qualifications for his possible presidential run.  Trump recently bragged that he has "a much bigger net worth" than Mitt Romney, who he said is "basically a small business guy."

"I'm a much bigger businessman....I mean, my net worth is many, many, many times Mitt Romney's," Trump said.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Apr182011

Donald Trump's Solution on Gas Prices: Take Iraqi Oil Fields

Bill Clark/Roll Call(NEW YORK) -- ABC News' George Stephanopoulos had a feisty 35 minute sit-down with Donald Trump Monday in which he dug in on the "birther" controversy, answered Club for Growth’s charge that he is a “liberal,” talked about a possible independent run and answered viewer questions.

But their interview began with his get-tough approach on gas prices:

Trump: 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."  I don’t know if you saw yesterday, Saudi Arabia came out and said very strongly there’s plenty of oil.  "We’re going to cut back."  You know what cutting back means?  They’re going to drive up the price even further.

Stephanopoulos: So, what would you do to back up that threat?

Trump: Oh, it’s so easy George.  It’s so easy.  It’s all about the messenger.  They wouldn’t even be there if it wasn’t for us.  If it weren’t for us, they wouldn’t be there.  These 12 guys sit around a table and they say, "Let’s just screw the United States."  And frankly, the rest of the world.

Stephanopoulos: And so finish this sentence.  "If you don’t produce more oil…"

Trump: Look. I’m going to look ‘em in the eye and say, "Fellas, you’ve had your fun.  Your fun is over."

Stephanopoulos: So, you would threaten to take away that [security] protection?

Trump: Oh, absolutely.  Absolutely.  Let’s -- let me tell you something.  Oil prices might go down.  Because there’s plenty of oil, all over the world.  Ships at sea.  They don’t know where to dump it.  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.

And Trump was even more specific on what he would do with the Iraq oil fields: seize them.

Trump: George, let me explain something to you.  We go into Iraq.  We have spent thus far, $1.5 trillion.  We could have rebuilt half of the United States.  $1.5 trillion.  And we’re going to then leave.  So, in the old days, you know when you had a war, to the victor belong the spoils.  You go in.  You win the war and you take it.

Stephanopoulos: It would take hundreds of thousands of troops to secure the oil fields.

Trump: Excuse me.  No, it wouldn’t at all.

Stephanopoulos: So, we steal an oil field?

Trump: Excuse me.  You’re not stealing.  Excuse me.  You’re not stealing anything.  You’re taking -- we’re reimbursing ourselves -- at least, at a minimum, and I say more.  We’re taking back $1.5 trillion to reimburse ourselves.

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Thursday
Apr142011

Donald Trump Offered Chance to Buy the 'White House'

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(MCLEAN, Va.) -- Donald Trump's aspirations to live in the White House may come true, even if he bombs in the 2012 election. The billionaire GOP presidential hopeful has been cordially invited to live behind the pearly white columns of America's most recognized residence...in Virginia.

Just a few miles outside the beltway in McLean, Virginia, a scaled-down replica of the White House went up for sale this week, and realtor Chu Nguyen said Trump would be the perfect buyer.

Nguyen said he tried to contact Trump about the listing, but received no response. He also offered it as the Republican Party headquarters, but the GOP wasn't biting either.

The 12,000-square-foot White House replica is scaled-down from the original's 40,000, but includes the iconic Truman Balcony, Lincoln dining room, and Oval Office. The asking price for this presidential mansion is $4.65 million.

While the exterior bears a striking resemblance to the real thing, the interior has a few goodies not found at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. A climate-controlled wine cellar, a party room for 100 and a private movie theater make this house more of an elite getaway than a diplomatic meeting place.

The house was built for a New Zealand-educated Vietnamese engineer who immigrated to America after earning his PhD. The Vietnam War was still being fought at the time and it was politically unsafe for him to return to his home country, Nguyen said. The owner asked not to be named to maintain his privacy.

"He wanted to pay tribute to American history and culture. He wanted to pay tribute to his adoptive country. That's his main motive," Nguyen said.

It took seven years to create the replica house, two years for historical architect Robert Burns to scale down the blueprints of the original White House, three years to build and an additional two years after the family moved in to finish the detailing work. Nguyen said everything in the house is custom-made and every window frame is decorated with the same ornamentation of the real White House. It sits on 1.6 acres, with enough room for a helicopter to land in the yard, Nguyen said.

After a decade living in the Virginia White House, the owners are looking to downsize. Their children and extended family have all moved out and now only the owner and his wife, both approaching retirement age, live in the mansion.

"It's not easy for him to sell, but now he feels isolation. The house is too big for them. Most of the time it is dark," said Nguyen, who has been friends with the couple for decades.

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