By Sandy Fitzgerald
If Republicans stick together, they'll win the budget fight — but with Sen. John McCain saying "we can't win," they won't prevail, Donald Trump says in an interview with Larry King airing Thursday night.
"Sen. McCain came out the other day and said we can't win. We can't win," Trump tells King in the interview, to be shown on RT America, reports The Daily Caller. "That's a hell of a statement to make. It's not exactly good for your side and it emboldens the other side."
Republicans are split, and it's going to make the battle difficult to win, says Trump in the interview on King's "Politicking" program, which will air at 9 p.m. EST Thursday.
"If they were all unified, and if they would say, 'We are going out and we’re staying out at 100 percent,' and they had that great unity, they could actually win," said Trump.
"If the Republicans stuck together, which they’re absolutely not doing, they could actually win. But they can’t win with half of them saying we shouldn’t be doing this. In order to get victory, you have to be unified and they’re not unified."
McCain's remarks were made Monday night about House Republicans after the Senate rejected their amendments for a continuing resolution to keep the government open, National Review reported.
"They will not succeed in the end," McCain told reporters about GOP plans to tie anti-Obamacare measures into the funding bill. "We cannot win," he said, contending the House will end up passing a clean continuing resolution "sooner or later."
Trump, who also discusses his 2016 presidential aspirations in the interview, voiced mixed opinions about Hillary Clinton’s chances if she runs, as expected, for the Democratic nomination.
“You have a big health question. Will she be healthy?," said Trump, who told King he likes both her and former President Bill Clinton, Politico reports.
"I hope she’s healthy now. I think she is. But you know that’s a long time. You have to wait until 2014 is over ... she has the nomination practically wrapped up, would seem to me," Trump said.
In January, a blood clot was discovered between the former secretary of state's brain and skull after she suffered a concussion the previous month. The blood clot was Clinton's second in 15 years, with the first occurring back in 1998 when she was treated for one in her leg, reported The Washington Post.
There is still no official word over whether Trump plans to run himself this time around. He flirted with a campaign in 2012, but it never materialized. He has also been quoted as saying that he's willing to spend "whatever it takes" should he decide to run, reports CNN.
In September, the real estate mogul appeared with two other potential 2016 candidates, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and former Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at the evangelical Family Leadership Conference in Iowa.
The one constant about Donald Trump is that he gives us his honest opinions through the eyes and experience as a great businessman. He is a no nonsense kind of guy much like Chris Christie and they shoot from the hip.
I cannot see Christie as president and I have trouble placing Donald Trump in that role.
I'm way back on the fence with Cruz. I don't understand him.....I'm trying to understand who he is.
Oh do I agree on Christie and Trump, no, not presidential material. Not sure about Cruz, still watching. I do like him and VP I can see. I am waiting to see just who the candidates are going to be; Rand Paul, Rick Santorum seems to be eyeing it, Rubio is I believe, too. Christie I am sure is eyeing the race. Beyond that I am not sure.
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