A Donald Trump Playboy interview from 1990 may have provided us insight about how the real estate mogul would handle certain situations when he eventually became the president of the United States. Too bad no one really took it seriously.
In 1990, Donald Trump was probably not focused on being the president, but because of his wealth and influence as a successful businessman, Playboy Magazine asked Trump how he would run the country if he had the opportunity. His answers were eerily similar to what he’s doing now. Trump also said he would probably be a better Democrat than a Republican, so not everything is playing out like the transcript of the interview.
During the interview, Playboy asked Donald Trump a series of questions ranging from his real estate investments and how he handles his employees to what he would do if he were president of the United States, and the answers he provided back then would have given us a glimpse into the future had anyone been paying attention.
Playboy asked Trump what would be the first thing he would do as President of the United States, Trump replied: “Many things. A toughness of attitude would prevail. I’d throw a tax on every Mercedes-Benz rolling into this country and on all Japanese products, and we’d have wonderful allies again.”
Trump’s views on crime:
“I see the values of this country in the way crime is tolerated, where people are virtually afraid to say ‘I want the death penalty.’ Well, I want it. Where has this country gone when you’re not supposed to put in a grave the son of a bitch who robbed, beat, murdered and threw a ninety-year-old woman off the building? Where has this country gone?”
Playboy asked Trump for his thoughts about the future and according to him, he thought a lot about nuclear war.
“I’ve always thought about the issue of nuclear war; it’s a very important element in my thought process. It’s the ultimate, the ultimate catastrophe, the biggest problem this world has, and nobody’s focusing on the nuts and bolts of it,” Trump told Playboy.
During the Trump Playboy interview, he was asked to share his thoughts about America and President George H.W. Bush. Trump said America needed to be more aggressive with business and military actions, and that's clearly still how he feels now as the president.
"I like [President] George [H. W.] Bush very much and support him and always will. But I disagree with him when he talks of a kinder, gentler America," Trump said. "I think if this country gets any kinder or gentler, it's literally going to cease to exist. I think if we had people from the business community—the Carl Icahns, the Ross Perots—negotiating some of our foreign policy, we'd have respect around the world."
During his presidency, Trump has appointed high-profile business executives to the White House cabinet including Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to Department of State and former senior executive at Goldman Sachs Steven Mnuchin to Department of Treasury.
The Trump Playboy interview went on to talk even more about nuclear war. When Trump was asked how he would handle this type of war as president, Trump responded with confidence about the strength of the United States military.
“He [President Trump] would believe very strongly in extreme military strength. He wouldn’t trust anyone. He wouldn’t trust the Russians; he wouldn’t trust our allies; he’d have a huge military arsenal, perfect it, understand it.”
On several occasions Trump has talked about the strength of the United States military, regarding it as the strongest in the world. Trump said he “wouldn’t trust the Russians” in 1990, but we’re not exactly sure if that statement holds true today.
Trump also claimed he had no interest at all in becoming the president.
“I don’t want to be President. I’m one hundred percent sure. I’d change my mind only if I saw this country continue to go down the tubes.”