David Plouffe, a senior White House advisor, says Donald Trump has no chance of making it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
“I saw Donald Trump kind of rising in some polls and given his behavior and spectacle the last couple of weeks, I hope he keeps on rising,” Plouffe told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour.
“There is zero chance that Donald Trump would ever be hired by the American people to do this job.”
Plouffe, who managed President’s Obama’s successful 2008 campaign, told “This Week” anchor Amanpour that any Trump presidential run would be a losing affair.
Plouffe addressed the accusation, repeatedly knocked down by Hawaiian government officials where Obama was born, but echoed again this week by Trump, that President Obama was not born in the United States
“There may be a small part of the country that believes these things, but mainstream Americans think it’s a sideshow,” he said. “And what they want our leaders to do is focus squarely on the issues right in front of us: how we’re going to keep growing the economy…how we keep our people safe, how do we make sure we’re going to win the future by focusing on things like education and innovation? So that’s what they want us to focus on.”
“That’s not leadership, that’s, kind of, sideshow behavior,” he said of Trump.
Earlier this week on a morning television program, Trump said “Three weeks ago when I started I thought he was probably born in this country, and now I really have a much bigger doubt than I did before.” He told the host, “You are not allowed to be a president if you're not born in this country. [Obama] may not have been born in this country, and I'll tell you what. Three weeks ago I thought he was born in this country. Right now I have some real doubts. I have people that actually have been studying it and they cannot believe what they're finding,” Trump said.
Trump, a real estate developer and reality show host, has said he is mulling a run for President and says will decide whether he will make it official or not soon.
“Well, I am going to announce my decision sometime prior to June,” he told Neil Cavuto on Fox News on Friday. “And you may be very — you may be very surprised,” Trump said.