Branstad: Trump ‘Really Burned the Bridges’

Posted May 21, 2011 at 8:26am

Donald Trump might not want to step foot in Iowa anytime soon.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) had nothing nice to say about Trump, who canceled his scheduled appearance next month at the Iowa Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner.

“He said he was going to come and do a fundraiser in Iowa, and people took him at his word,” Branstad said Friday in a phone interview with Roll Call. “He’s really burned the bridges. It’s a good example of what not to do.”

Trump recently flirted with a presidential bid, even signing on to headline the June 10 dinner before ultimately announcing this week that he would rather stay in the private sector than run for the White House.

Iowa Republican Party officials publicly expressed their disappointment with Trump’s cancellation. Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn released a statement Thursday calling out the reality TV star, saying, “In Iowa, your word is your bond.”

Now, the Hawkeye State’s highest elected official is chiming in with his admonishment for Trump, too.

“Trump really blew it. He blew it big time,” Branstad said.