Trump on Contribution to Hillary: ‘I Was a Businessman'

By Melanie Arter | September 17, 2015 | 1:20pm EDT

GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush (AP Photo)

( – When challenged about donations he made to Democratic politicians during the GOP presidential debate Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said as a businessman, it was his job to get along with people.

“I was a businessman, I got along with Clinton. I got along with everybody. That was my job, to get along with people,” Trump said in response to GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush pointing out that Trump has said he got Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to go to his wedding, because Trump gave her money.


Bush: “You've got, according to your -- to what you said on one of the talk shows, you got Hillary Clinton to go to your wedding–”  

Trump: “That's true. That's true.”

Bush: “-- because you gave her money. Maybe it works for Hillary Clinton --”

Trump: “I was -- excuse me, Jeb.”

Bush: “-- it doesn't work for anybody on this -- on stage.”

Trump: “I was a businessman, I got along with Clinton, I got along with everybody. That was my job, to get along with people.”

Bush: “But the simple fact is –"

Trump: “I didn't want to -- excuse me. One second.”

Bush: “No. The simple fact is, Donald, you could not take –”

Trump: “OK, more energy tonight. I like that. Look—”

Bush: "I was asked the question."

Trump: “I didn't want -- it was my obligation as a businessman to my family, to my company, to my employees, to get along with all politicians. I get along with all of them, and I did a damn good job in doing it. Go ahead.”

Bush: “So he supports Pelosi. He supports Schumer. He supports Clinton --”

Trump: “Got along with everybody.”

Bush accused Trump of asking Bush to bring casino gambling to Florida when Bush was governor – a claim Trump denied.

Bush: The one guy that had some special interests that I know of that tried to get me to change my views on something -- that was generous and gave me money -- was Donald Trump. He wanted casino gambling in Florida --

Trump: “I didn't– ”

Bush: “Yes you did.”

Trump: “Totally false.”

Bush: “You wanted it, and you didn't get it, because I was opposed to –"

Trump: “I would have gotten it.”

Bush: “-- casino gambling before –"

Trump: “I promise I would have gotten it.”

Bush: “during and after. And that's not -- I'm not going to be bought by anybody.”

Trump: “I promise if I wanted it, I would have gotten it.”

Bush: “No way. Believe me.”

Trump: “I know my people.”

Bush: “Not even possible.”

Trump: “I know my people.”

The exchange continued later:

Bush: When he -- and he -- when he asked -- when he asked Florida to have casino gambling, we said no.

Trump: Wrong.

Bush: We said no, and that's the simple fact. The simple fact is --

Trump: Don't make things up. Jeb, don't make things up. Come on.

Bush: Don't cut me off.

Trump: Don't make things up.

Trump has donated $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, according to the non-profit, Politico reported on June 16.

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