• With: Donald Trump

    VAN SUSTEREN: All right, let me give two names. Tell me how you think that they would deal with the whole situation, if elected or if nominated for the Republican nomination. How would Speaker Gingrich be in terms of handling those issues, then Senator Rick Santorum?

    TRUMP: Well, you know, the problem I have with Rick -- and I spoken to him a couple of times, and he's really a nice guy, but he was a sitting senator and he lost by 19 percent. And that bothers me. And you know, I think he'd be tough. I think he'd be strong. I think he'd be much better than what we have now. But you know, you have a sitting senator who the people of Pennsylvania rejected, and that does bother me.

    Newt I love because he's a member of my great golf course and club in Washington, right outside of Washington. So anybody that's a member of my club, I know has good taste in real estate. I think he's done really well in the debates. I think Mitt Romney has done really well in the debates. But those two, in terms of the debating, certainly have done the best.

    VAN SUSTEREN: How about Michele Bachmann, representative from Minnesota, in dealing with China? How do you -- how do you see her dealing with China?

    TRUMP: Well, she's tough. She's smart and she's tough. And I think, again, anybody would be better than President Obama. President Obama has done nothing. They're eating our lunch. They're taking our food right off the table. They're taking our jobs.

    And now, finally -- I've been waiting for this. I can't believe it took so long. I've been waiting for a report like the report we just got. How can we possibly create jobs when our people are leaving, when other people are just taking those jobs and manufacturing our product? It's just impossible.

    So the economy's only going to get worse until we have no economy at all. We have to stop it. Greta, you have these fools -- I have to say this -- they are stupid fools that talk about, Oh, Donald, you're against free trade. This isn't free trade, this is unfair trade. China's going to make $350 billion this year, and now they're saying that estimate is low.

    We can't continue to do this. And frankly, if you have to end so- called free trade, end it because we'll do a lot better without it than we're doing with it. It's a disaster for this country. We don't have people that know how to negotiate with other countries. Every country is out-negotiating our leaders! It's very sad and very serious.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Is any candidate right now -- is any candidate as tough on China as you are?

    TRUMP: No. Nobody's tough like I am.


    TRUMP: I don't know. I don't understand t. I will say Mitt Romney is the toughest of the group in terms of his attitude toward China. Most other people don't even mention it. I mean, I hear they're mentioning education. I hear they're mentioning all sorts of things that have absolutely almost nothing to do with what's going on with this country. I mean, I'm a big fan of education. I believe in education. I'm well educated at a great college and all of that stuff.

    But you know, when you're losing tens of thousands of jobs a month because China's taking them away from us, what does that have to do with education?

    VAN SUSTEREN: Here's a question...

    TRUMP: We should educate our president. He's the one that needs the education.

    VAN SUSTEREN: All right, here's a question completely out of left field, and maybe even literally so. How about -- any interest in buying the LA Dodgers? They're up for sale.

    TRUMP: Well, it's a great franchise. It's a great sport. And people have called me about it. I am so busy right now between all the candidates coming in to Trump Tower, and frankly, all of the things I'm doing -- I'm having a great time -- including buying a lot of things.

    I mean, I consider this to be a great time to buy. You know, when the markets are crashing like they are right now, that's a time to buy if you're in that position. I'm lucky. So I'm buying things. So probably not.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Any interest at all?

    TRUMP: Always interest.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Really?

    TRUMP: It's a great -- honestly, it's a great asset. It really is. It's a great asset. I love baseball. They have a great commissioner. They have a great -- you know, a lot of great teams. I thought that Tony LaRussa and Albert Pujols and the whole group did an unbelievable job. Game 6 was the -- I think maybe the best baseball game I've ever seen of the World Series.

    But Tony LaRussa's an amazing guy who actually quit at the absolute height, at the absolute top. I'm not sure -- he's a friend of mine. I'm not sure I agree with him. I told him, I said, Tony, you could sign this huge contract. But he just wanted to go out on top, and he did. And you have to take your hat off to a guy like that.

    VAN SUSTEREN: All right, here's an alternate to Donald Trump buying the LA Dodgers. What about, like, the Green Bay Packers that are owned by the community? Why not first offer it to the community, see if the community buys it, like -- so that -- so that when you go to the games, you're cheering for your own team and not Donald Trump's team or somebody else's team.

    TRUMP: Well, Green Bay's unique because it started from many, many years ago when they were worth $500 and all. You know, these -- you're talking about very big dollars now. And I would say that Los Angeles -- I have property in Los Angeles. Los Angeles has bigger problems than buying the Dodgers. All you have to do is tell the people of Los Angeles or California, We're going to raise your taxes to buy the Dodgers. I...

    VAN SUSTEREN: I don't mean -- I mean, like, do it, like a -- like a - - I mean, the Packers offer -- when they want to build a stadium or something, or add on, they sell more shares and we all go running out and buy them. We get absolutely nothing but bragging rights. But why not try to just do, like, a public offering like that? I'm not saying tax the people, but offer it for sale? Let people buy shares.

    TRUMP: Well, I think it's a great concept. But in actuality, you know, if you're talking about the kind of numbers that I'm hearing being bandied about, it's probably -- it's probably pretty tough. Honestly, they have to focus on other things because they have some serious problems out there at this point.

    VAN SUSTEREN: All right, would you be interested in buying a portion of the Dodgers? Or are you just totally out of this one?

    TRUMP: Well, I might. I mean, I've had a lot of groups call me, and you know, they want to bid on it or they want me to go into -- into it because I do understand baseball, and you know, I'm in a position where I can afford to do that kind of thing.

    It's traditionally never been a good asset or a good thing to own because they lose money. But then when you sell them, you make a profit. You know, it's one of those things. But I would certainly be interested in listening. There are some groups that I really like, and I would certainly be interested in listening.

    VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Well, I bet I could get you to buy them. What if the Chinese wanted to buy them? Would you buy them then?

    TRUMP: Then I might buy them.


    TRUMP: Then I might buy them.

    VAN SUSTEREN: I figured.


    TRUMP: It's like when the New York Stock Exchange gets sold to the Germans, OK? This is a pretty sad day for this country, and that already took place.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Donald, nice to talk to you.

    TRUMP: Thank you very much, Greta.