Verbatim: Trump On Why He Didn’t Run In 2000: ‘The Women’

By Allen McDuffee | August 3, 2015

In 1999, when Chris Matthews had his show, Hardball, on CNBC, he said he was “toying” with running for president. What were his reservations? “The women.”

“People want me to [run for president] all the time … I don’t like it,” Trump said on CNBC’s “Hardball.”

“Can you imagine how controversial I’d be? You think about him [Clinton] and the women. How about me with the women? Can you imagine?”

— Donald Trump on CNBC’s Hardball in 1999

Of course, as it turns out, there was a different woman problem, as The Daily Beast reported, even if Trump’s ex-wife later walked back the severity of the initial claim.

h/t: Kia Makarechi on Twitter