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  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Donald Trump speaks at the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Radisson in Nashua Monday, May 11 2011.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Donald Trump was the guest of honor at the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Radisson in Nashua.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Donald Trump was the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Radisson in Nashua.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Donald Trump speaks at the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Radisson in Nashua Monday, May 11 2011.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Preparations are under way by the approximately 100 registered media representatives for Donald Trump's visit to the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Radisson in Nashua.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    It was a fill house at the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Radisson in Nashua where Donald Trump addressed the crowd.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Donald Trump was the guest of honor at the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Radisson in Nashua.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Donald Trump signed a book for former alderman Paula Johnson during his visit to the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Radisson in Nashua.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Trump holds court at Nashua Chamber luncheon

NASHUA – Donald Trump – real estate mogul, host of “The Celebrity Celebrity Apprentice” and possible Republican presidential candidate served up a smorgasbord of opinions during his first substantial Granite State speech Wednesday at a Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Regarding the subject people are most curious about, Trump said the 2012 election may have no peer.

``I honestly believe that the upcoming election if not the, is one of the most important elections ever in this country’s history,’’ Trump said. ``We have a chance to be great; we have a chance to be an unbelievable power again and I am talking from an economic standpoint.’’

Does he declare candidacy? Well, not quite. “I’m thinking about running,” he says.

Trump said the US should extract at least $1.5 trillion or the cost of the war in Iraq from the oil reserves in that country. ``I say this: at a minimum we get our money back and we pay each one of the families of that soldiers who died a couple of million dollars and give our badly wounded a lot of money,’’ Trump said. ``We pay those families back.’’

Trump got a few chuckles from the audience by saying bin Laden’s mansion wasn’t all that nice. He wouldn’t want to live there, anyway.

Trump said he would cancel federal aid to Pakistan unless that country got rid of its nuclear weapons. ``They desperately need our money,’’ Trump said. ``We don’t give them any money unless they get rid of their nuclear weapons.’’

Trump said Osama bin Laden would not have been caught or killed without what he first called ``enhanced interrogation.’’ ``We are so politically correct. Nobody wants to say it, nobody wants to use the word. Isn’t that another word for that torture?’’ Trump asked rhetorically. Later he added, ``In terms of torture, in terms of enhanced interrogation, we would not have caught bin Laden without it. That’s how we got to him.’’

Trump says we need the nation’s best business leaders running the country. “I’m not that nice a person but I would do great things for this country.”

On the birth certificate issue, Trump says he doesn’t care whether he was right or wrong.

Trump couldn’t resist a playful jab at the owners of the Radisson Hotel that closed very briefly due to temporary, financial difficulty two months ago. ``By the way, I heard this hotel is in trouble,’’ Trump began. ``I love things that are in trouble; that’s what I like to buy.’’

Trump opened the speech talking about the rude awakening he said he had been unprepared for as a potential, Republican presidential candidate. ``All of my life I have heard that very successful people cannot run for high office. I have just heard it many times,’’ Trump said.

``Nobody said it was going to be easy but I had no idea I would get hammered the way I got hammered over the last three or four weeks. I think it is a complement; I’m not sure.’’