Donald Trump In His Own Words

WARNING: offensive language

Direct quotes taken from verified statements

What president of the United States speaks this way? What executive of any kind speaks this way? What decent grown man speaks this way?

See also: conservatives and military leaders on Donald Trump

From Trump’s National Prayer Breakfast speech February 2, 2017:

For us here in Washington, we must never ever stop asking God for the wisdom to serve the public according to His will. But we had tremendous success on The Apprentice and, when I ran for President, I had to leave the show, that’s when I knew for sure I was doing it, and they hired a big, big movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to take my place, and we know how that turned out. The ratings went right down the tubes, it’s been a total disaster, and Mark [Burnett] will never, ever bet against Trump again, and I want to just pray for Arnold, if we can, for those ratings, OK?

Trump responds to the question “What are your top priorities for a second term?” June 2020 NY Magazine:

Well, one of the things that will be really great, you know the word experience is still good. I always say talent is more important than experience. I’ve always said that. But the word experience is a very important word. It’s an — a very important meaning. I never did this before. I never slept over in Washington. I was in Washington, I think, 17 times. All of a sudden, I’m president of the United States. You know the story. I’m riding down Pennsylvania Avenue with our First Lady and I say, ‘This is great. But I didn’t know very many people in Washington. It wasn’t my thing. I was from Manhattan, from New York. Now I know everybody, and I have great people in the administration. You make some mistakes. Like, you know, an idiot like Bolton. All he wanted to do was drop bombs on everybody. You don’t have to drop bombs on everybody. You don’t have to kill people.

Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody: “Who is God to you? What are some of your thoughts on this?”

Well I say God is the ultimate. You know you look at this? Here we are on the Pacific Ocean. How did I ever own this? I bought it fifteen years ago.  I made one of the great deals they say ever. I have no more mortgage on it as I will certify and represent to you. And I was able to buy this and make a great deal.  That’s what I want to do for the country.  Make great deals.  We have to, we have to bring it back, but God is the ultimate. I mean God created this (points to his golf course), and here’s the Pacific Ocean right behind us. So nobody, no thing, no there’s nothing like God.

Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a GQ shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!


Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked – USED!

Twitter December 12, 2017

When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength.

Playboy interview
March 1, 1990

I did try and f— her. She was married. I moved on her like a bitch. But I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.

Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.

Recording made backstage on the set of “Access Hollywood”

You know, if you’re young, and in this era, and if you have any guilt about not having gone to Vietnam, we have our own Vietnam—it’s called the dating game… Dating is like being in Vietnam. You’re the equivalent of a soldier going over to Vietnam.

An interview on The Howard Stern Show, 1993, archived by People

I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.

Campaign rally
June 15, 2015

When during the campaign I would say, ‘Mexico’s going to pay for it,’ obviously I never said this and I never meant they’re going to write out a check.

January 10, 2019 (South Lawn)

40 Wall Street [Trump Tower] actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest—and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest. And now it’s the tallest.

Interview on WWOR radio the day of the 9/11 attacks

It’s like in golf… A lot of people – I don’t want this to sound trivial – but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive… it’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.

New York Times, May 1, 2011

On Mexicans: They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.

Campaign rally, June 15, 2015

If you look at Saddam Hussein, he killed terrorists. I’m not saying he was an angel, but this guy killed terrorists.

The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, 2006

I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.

During an interview with Reuters on April 27, 2017 about his first 100 days in office

[John McCain is]… not a war hero. He’s a war hero – he’s a war hero ’cause he was captured. I Like people that weren’t captured, OK, I hate to tell you.

Iowa Family Leadership Summit, July 18, 2015

.@arianahuff  [Arianna Huffington] is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.

Twitter, August 28, 2012

While @BetteMidler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct.

Twitter, October 28, 2012

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.

December 7, 2015

Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest – and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.

Twitter, May 9, 2013

Certain guys tell me they want women of substance, not beautiful models. It just means they can’t get beautiful models.

New York Times, September 19, 1999

I would never buy Ivana any decent jewels or pictures. Why give her negotiable assets?

Vanity Fair, September 1990

She does have a very nice figure… If [Ivanka] weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.

The View, 2006

As a kid, I was making a building with blocks in our playroom. I didn’t have enough. So I asked my younger brother Robert if I could borrow some of his. He said, ‘Okay, but you have to give them back when you’re done.’ I used all of my blocks, then all of his blocks, and when I was done I had a great building, which I then glued together. Robert never did get those blocks back.

Esquire, January 2004

I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.

January 23, 2016

I won’t do anything to take care of them. I’ll supply funds and she’ll take care of the kids. It’s not like I’m gonna be walking the kids down Central Park.

Howard Stern interview, 2005

[Kim Jong-Un] speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.

Fox & Friends, June 15, 2018

Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.

Washington Post, February 27, 2017

If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate.

October 16, 2017

In another sense, I tested positively toward negative, right? So no. I tested perfectly this morning, meaning I tested negative. But that’s a way of saying it. Positively toward the negative.

May 21, 2020

Within a couple of days [COVID-19 infections are] going to be down to close to zero. One day, it’s like a miracle. It will disappear.

March 6, 2020

Asked whether he was worried about the virus, Trump replied, “No. Not at all. We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

January 24, 2020

As far as General Flynn, he’s a great hero. He’s a great gentleman. What they are doing to that man, they have destroyed that man.

[“My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions.” — Michael Flynn]

Roger Stone was treated very unfairly, unbelievably unfairly.

[Roger Stone was convicted by a jury of his peers of lying to Congress and witness tampering in relation to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. He was found guilty on all 7 counts brought by the Justice Department.]

I had a meeting at the Pentagon with lots of generals — they were like from a movie, better looking than Tom Cruise and stronger — and I had more generals than I’ve ever seen.

Roger is somebody that I’ve always liked, but a lot of people like Roger. Some people probably don’t like Roger, but Roger Stone’s somebody I’ve always liked.

February 3, 2019 (Super Bowl interview)

“Roger is a stone-cold loser.” —  in 2008

I’ll say it with great respect, No. 1, she’s not my type.

 June 24, 2019 (The Hill interview) Trump was responding to allegations made by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll that he raped her in a dressing room at Bergdorf’s in the late 1990s. Trump has denied the incident occurred, saying he “never met this person.”

We had 14 seasons, think of that. The Apprentice. I proudly signed four bipartisan human trafficking laws securing $400 million to support victims of human trafficking.

July 17, 2019 (North Carolina rally)

France is a great nation. It’s being run. A lot of things are happening.

 August 26, 2019 (G7 press conference)

I guess you would start off by saying, ‘England.’ Right? You know, I ask Boris (Johnson), ‘Where’s England? What’s happening with England?’ They don’t use it too much anymore.

August 26, 2019 (G7 press conference)

I never said I was going to repeal and replace in the first 64 days.

[During a call with The Washington Post’s Robert Costa on March 24 he said he would never repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act immediately. On Feb. 10, 2017, he had tweeted: “We will immediately repeal and replace ObamaCare – and nobody can do that like me. We will save $’s and have much better healthcare!”]

Such a nasty woman.

[In the last presidential debate on Oct. 19, 2016, Trump interrupted Clinton with this comment when she was speaking about her tax plans.]

If he says great things about me, I’m gonna say great things about him. I’ve already said he is really very much of a leader. I mean, the man has very strong control over a country. And that’s a very different system and I don’t happen to like the system. But certainly in that system he’s been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader.

On Vladimir Putin

Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?

[Said to a reporter of the Rolling Stone magazine in September 2015 as fellow Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina appeared on TV during an interview.]

Howard Stern: So, you treat women with respect?
Donald Trump: Uh, I can’t say that either.
Stern: Alright, good.

Interview on The Howard Stern Show, 1993

I do have a relationship and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today, he’s probably very interested in what you and I are saying today, and I’m sure he is going to be seeing it in some form. But I do have a relationship with him, and I think, er, it’s very interesting to see what’s happened. I mean, look, he’s done a very brilliant job in terms of what he represents and who he’s representing, if you look at what he’s done with Syria, if you look at so many of the different things, he has really eaten our president’s lunch, let’s not kid ourselves.

Trump responding to a question about whether he had a relationship with Vladimir Putin during an interview with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts while visiting Moscow for the Miss Universe competition November 2013

Who is the state senator? Do you want to give me his name? We’ll destroy his career.

Trump responding to Sheriff Harold Eavenson’s statement about a Texas state senator proposing legislation to require convictions before sheriffs could receive forfeiture money. February 7, 2017

Well I just want to say that we are, you know, very honored by the victory that we had, 306 electoral college votes, we were not supposed to crack 220, you [turning to the Israeli PM] know that right? There was no way to 221, but then they said there’s no way to 270 [Netanyahu tries to respond, but Trump continues, so then mouths “I thought he was talking to me”] and there’s tremendous enthusiasm out there. I will say that, um, we are going to have peace, in this country, we are going to stop crime, in this country, we are going to do everything within our power to stop long-simmering racism, and every other thing that’s going on, because a lot of bad things have been taking place over a long period of time. I think one of the reasons I won the election is we have a very, very divided nation, very divided, and hopefully I’ll be able to do something about that, and I, you know, it’s something that was very important to me. As far as people, Jewish people, so many friends, a daughter who happens to be here right now, a son-in-law, and three beautiful grandchildren, I think that you’re going to see a lot different United States of America over the next three, four, or eight years, er, I think a lot of good things are happening, and you’re going to see a lot of love, you’re going to see a lot of love.

Trump responding to a reporter’s question about rising anti-Semitic incidents and a perception of xenophobia in his administration, during a joint press conference with Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel February 15, 2017

Have you heard that expression used before? Because I haven’t heard it. I mean, I just… I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good. It’s what you have to do.

Trump claiming to have invented the term “prime the pump” in the context of economic stimulus during an interview published in The Economist May 11, 2017

Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.

On the appointment of a special counsel in the Russia investigation. As quoted in “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election” Volume II, page 78

I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!

Trump Mocks Mika Brzezinski June 29, 2017

I want to thank the White House Historical Association and all of the people that work so hard with Melania, with everybody, to keep this incredible house or building, or whatever you want to call it — because there really is no name for it; it is special — and we keep it in tip-top shape. We call it sometimes tippy-top shape. And it’s a great, great place.

Referring to the White House, during a speech given for Easter April 2, 2018

You gotta take care of the floors. You know, the floors of the forest. It’s very important. You look at other countries where they do it differently, and it’s a whole different story. I was with the president of Finland, and he said, “We have a much different— we’re a forest nation.” He called it a forest nation. And they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don’t have any problem.

Paradise, California, 2018-11-17, quoted in Ashley Hoffman (20 November 2018), “#RakeNews: People in Finland Mock Trump With Leaf-Raking Photos After He Said the Country ‘Rakes the Forest’“, Time Magazine, and with video in Patrick Kingsley (18 November 2018), “Trump Says California Can Learn From Finland on Fires. Is He Right?“, New York Times

One of the problems that a lot of people like myself we have very high levels of intelligence, but we’re not necessarily such believers. You look at our air and our water, and it’s now at a record clean. But when you look at China and you look at parts of Asia and when you look at South America, and when you look at many other places in this world, including Russia, including just many other places, the air is incredibly dirty and when you’re talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small and it blows over and it sails over. I mean, we take thousands of tons of garbage off our beaches all the time that comes over from Asia. It just flows right down the Pacific, if flows, and we say where does this come from. And it takes many people to start off with.

November 28, Washington Post interview, on whether he believes in global warming reports of the 13 of agencies of his administration.

If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value. And they say the noise causes cancer. You told me that one, OK. [makes circles with his hands and a noise with his mouth] You know the thing makes so… and of course it’s like a graveyard for birds.

Speech to Republican National Congressional Committee, 2019-04-02, quoted in Zachary B. Wolf (2019-04-03). “Trump’s war on windmills now includes wild cancer claim“. CNN. and in Jon Greenberg (2019-04-08). Donald Trump’s ridiculous link between cancer, wind turbinesPolitifact.

I never understood wind. I know windmills very much, I have studied it better than anybody. I know it is very expensive. They are made in China and Germany mostly, very few made here, almost none, but they are manufactured, tremendous—if you are into this—tremendous fumes and gases are spewing into the atmosphere. You know we have a world, right?

So the world is tiny compared to the universe. So tremendous, tremendous amount of fumes and everything. You talk about the carbon footprint, fumes are spewing into the air, right spewing, whether it is China or Germany, is going into the air.

You see all those [windmills]. They’re all different shades of color. They’re like sort of white, but one is like an orange-white. It’s my favorite color, orange.

Turning Point USA conference, 2019-12-21, quoted in Connor Mannion (22 December 2019), “Trump Attacks Windmills in Speech to Conservative Group: ‘I Never Understood Wind’“, Mediaite

But you know what this does show you? Things happen. Whoever thought of this two weeks ago? Who would’ve thought this could be going on four weeks ago? You wouldn’t. But things happen in life and you have to be prepared and you have to be flexible and you have to be able to go out and get it. And my guys that we have the best professionals in the world, the best in the world and we are so ready. At the same time that I initiated the first federally mandated quarantine in over 50 years. We had a quarantine some people. They weren’t happy, they weren’t happy about it. I want to tell you there are a lot of people that not so happy, but after two weeks they got happy. You know who got happy? The people around them got happy. That’s who got happy.

Charleston, South Carolina Rally (February 28, 2020)

So I don’t know what the record attendance is in this arena, but I was told that we broke it by a lot. And you got the people outside. Are we allowed to tell them who we would like them to vote for? Because you’re allowed to skip. All right, so wait a minute, let’s do a poll. We do this for the fake news back there. Ready? Who would be the best candidate for us? Not for them. We’re ready. Ready? So let’s go through them just quickly. We won’t include Steyer because he’s a loser. He’s out, okay? We won’t include him. Who would be the best? This is a real poll. This isn’t one of those fake polls taken by … In all fairness, I love you, Fox, taken by Fox, the worst pollster. This guy … this pollster hates Trump’s guts. I was losing the last election by a fortune. They said, “He did great with women.” Everything was wrong. And they never replaced this guy. But watch this. You ready?

Charleston, South Carolina Rally (February 28, 2020)

My administration has done a job on really working across government and with the private sector, and it’s been incredible. It’s a beautiful thing to watch, I have to say. Unfortunately, the end result of the group we’re fighting — which are hundreds of billions and trillions of germs, or whatever you want to call them — they are bad news. This virus is bad news and it moves quickly, and it spreads as easily as anything anyone has ever seen.

As quoted in Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Supply Chain Distributors on COVID-19 (March 29, 2020),

It’s called “social media.” It’s social media. It gets out. I have, you know, hundreds of millions of people. Number one on Facebook. Did you know I was number one on Facebook? I mean, I just found out I’m number one on Facebook. I thought that was very nice for whatever it means. No, it represents something. And when I can explain to people: Just don’t do it. You know, it’s going to be bad if you do it. It’s going to be really bad. And they don’t need to do it. They have enough problems. Iran has enough problems without doing that. But we’ve been pulling back very substantially over the last year, in Iraq. And so, you know, that’s the way it is.

Coronavirus task force press briefing, 2020-04-01, quoted in James S. Brady (1 April 2020), “Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing“, White House

These are the people – the best, the smartest, the most brilliant anywhere, and they’ve come up with the AIDS vaccine. They’ve come up with … various things.

Claimed about scientists, as quoted by Calvin Woodward, Hope Yen (16 June 2020), “AP FACT CHECK: Trump on an AIDS vaccine that doesn’t exist

Best movie of the year. It’s made in South Korea. What’s that all about? I’m waiting to see the best movie of the year-And it’s made… He said, “It’s garbage.” Only in South Carolina can you say that. Only in South Carolina. You’re going to get us in trouble. No, I’m just repeating what he said for the fake news. No, but seriously the Academy Awards has gone way, way down in ratings. Do you know why? Because they started attacking us and we don’t believe in it anymore. That’s why. No, but they had the best movie of the year made in South Korea. They make enough stuff for us, right? And they’re good. They’re our friends. Take advantage of us, that’s okay. Not so much anymore. We are really, you take a look, magnificently organized with the best professionals in the world. We’re prepared for the absolute worst. You have to be prepared for the worst, but hopefully it will all amount to very little. That’s why I tell you when we have the flu with 35,000 people and this one we have to take it very, very seriously. That’s what we’re doing. We are preparing for the worst.

Charleston, South Carolina Rally February 28, 2020

Washed up Hollywood nobodies tried to trick America’s great Mayor Rudy but FAILED! He was with a woman (young) and tucking in his shirt, which I have done many times. Don’t listen to the fake news! It was a TUCK!

Not a bad episode of Seinfeld, but an actual tweet by the president of the United States, Oct. 21, 2020

Just read this whole article, written by a reporter for The Atlantic who happens to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:

Trump Secretly Mocks His Christian Supporters
Former aides say that in private, the president has spoken with cynicism and contempt about believers”, The Atlantic (September 29, 2020)

Trump, under fire for alleged comments about veterans, has a long history of disparaging military service“, Washington Post (September 6, 2020)