Trump: 'I Don't Think This Election Is Going to Be Won by a Nice Person'

Susan Jones | July 29, 2015 | 7:02am EDT
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In this Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, Donald Trump mugs for photographers at the NBC 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

( - Donald Trump is not shy about stating his strengths as a candidate. So when Fox News's Greta Van Susteren asked him, "What's your weakness?" on Tuesday night, Trump responded this way:

"Some people think I'm not a nice person, and I actually am. I love people. You know I'm a nice person. But some people think, maybe it's the 'you're fired' and 'The Apprentice.' Who knows? But some people think I'm not a nice person.

"But you know what I tell somebody that said that, that really wants me to win. He said, Mr. Trump, can you be nicer?

"I said, look, I don't think this election is going to be won by a nice person. I think people want competence for a change. We need compet--we need really, really, smart, competent people. And if we don't get that kind of leader and leadership in particular at the level of the president, this country is in big trouble."

Trump described Mitt Romney as a "nice" man who failed to win the 2012 election because "something happened" to him toward the end of his campaign:

"In the last month, he's almost like he locked himself in a cabin. He didn't do anything," Trump said. "And I give Obama credit. He was on Jay Leno. He was on David Letterman. He was on the different shows. And he was out there. And I would say to Romney's people, why aren't you guys doing television? Why aren't you doing something? And it ended up being lost. That was an election that should have been won. Obama would get creamed if he ran again."

Speaking in Ethiopia on Tuesday, Obama said he'd love to run for a third term but he can't:

"It has been an extraordinary privilege for me to serve as President of the United States. I cannot imagine a greater honor or a more interesting job. I love my work. But under our Constitution, I cannot run again. (Laughter and applause.) I can't run again. I actually think I'm a pretty good president -- I think if I ran I could win. (Laughter and applause.) But I can't."

In response, Trump told Van Susteren, "Oh, I would love to run against him. I would love to run against him. I don't think I'm going to get a chance to run against Hillary, because what she did was criminal. And it's going to be very interesting to see, whether or not -- I think I will get the nomination. I think.

"Look, people are tired of these politicians. They're tired of tone. (Jeb) Bush was saying the other day, oh, the tone. They (ISIS) chop off heads. The border is a disaster. The whole world is a disaster. We're talking about tone? We need energy, we need enthusiasm and we need a much tougher tone. Not a weaker tone."

Jeb Bush on Saturday criticized Gov. Mike Huckabee for saying that Obama's Iran deal "will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."

"I think we need to tone down the rhetoric for sure," Bush told a reporter, who asked for his opinion of Huckabee's comment.

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