1988 Flashback: Trump Tells Oprah He’d Only Run For President Under One Condition

Long before The Donald officially kicked off his polarizing 2016 run and became the Republican front-runner, he was stirring the pot and boldly saying things liberals don’t want to hear.

Trump was fiercely talking about things that needed to be talked about decades ago during his appearance to promote a new book and discuss his life as a businessman on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1988.

The conversation soon turned toward foreign policy and how Trump would take a tougher stance with America’s allies when Oprah asked the business tycoon about his political aspirations.

Trump said the country was off the rails and things needed to change.

“I’d make our allies pay their fair share. We’re a debtor nation; something’s going to happen over the next number of years in this country, because you can’t keep going on losing $200 billion,” he said on back then. “We let Japan come in and dump everything right into our markets… They come over here, they sell their cars, their VCRs. They knock the hell out of our companies. And, hey, I have tremendous respect for the Japanese people. I mean, you can respect somebody that’s beating the hell out of you, but they are beating the hell out of this country.”

“Kuwait, they live like kings… and yet, they’re not paying,” he continued. “We make it possible for them to sell their oil. Why aren’t they paying us 25 percent of what they’re making? It’s a joke.”

The tirade prompted Oprah to ask the question that people would continue to ask for the next few decades.

“This sounds like political, presidential talk to me,” she said. “I know people have talked to you about whether or not you want to run; would you ever?”

“Probably not,” Trump replied. “But I do get tired of seeing the country get ripped off. I just don’t think I have the inclination to do it.”

Trump  said, he would only do it, if America gets really, really bad.

“If it got so bad, I would never want to rule it out totally, because I really am tired of seeing what’s happening with this country,” he said. “We’re really making other people live like kings, and we’re not.”

“I think I’d win,” Trump said in his typical bravado fashion. “I’ll tell you what: I wouldn’t go in to lose.”

Perhaps the multi-billionaire’s remarks will put some of his critics’ claims that he’s just pandering to get votes to rest.


Alicia Powe

Staff Writer

Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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