Reality TV star Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at President Barack Obama as “sloppy” and “not appropriate” because he had chosen to not wear a tie in a Super Bowl pre-game interview.
While speaking to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in an interview which aired during the Super Bowl XLVIII pregame show, the president opted for dress casual, wearing a jacket and a white dress shirt without a tie, just as he had in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
“I definitely think he should have worn a tie,” Trump complained to the hosts of Fox & Friends on Monday. “You know, he’s the president of the United States, let him put on a tie. Bill was wearing a tie, not that he has to follow Bill. But Bill was wearing a tie. He’s the president. It’s a formal position, I think he should wear a tie.”
“What message is he sending by not?” Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck wondered.
“It’s sloppy, it’s not appropriate, it’s not presidential,” Trump opined. “He’s the president of the United States, let him put on a tie.”
“Mr. Trump, you make neckties,” co-host Steve Doocy pointed out. “You should send the president a couple of them.”
“You know, that’s a great idea,” the billionaire mogul replied. “You just gave me a great idea. Right out or Macy’s, I’ll send them immediately. But I do mean that and that has nothing to do with my ties. I mean, that has to do with the fact that he’s the president, and in my opinion, that’s what he should be doing.”
“We could have given him a nice tie, there’s no question about it.”
Without the benefit of Trump’s fashion advice, President George W. Bush also made the mistake of dressing casual for his 2004 pregame interview, sporting a brown jacket and blue shirt.
Watch this video from Fox & Friends, broadcast Feb. 3, 2013.
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