By Geneva Sands - 04/05/12 03:24 PM EDT
"Even though gasoline and oil prices are going through the roof, I have no doubt in my mind that President Obama made a deal with the Saudis to flood the markets with oil before the election, so he can at least keep it down a little bit," said Trump in his Web series "From the Desk of Donald Trump," which was uploaded to YouTube Wednesday.
"After the election it's going to be a mess. You're going to see numbers like you've never seen if he wins. Let's hope he doesn't win," he said.
"Remember I said it — tf he [Obama] wins, oil and gasoline through the roof like never before. I believe a deal was made. It's a sinister deal, but let's see whether or not I was right," Trump added.
Trump, in his video, also weighs in on on the transgender Miss Universe contestant controversy and Sunday's three-hour episode of "The Celebrity Apprentice."
Republicans have been hammering Obama on souring gas prices, accusing the president of not doing enough to expand domestic oil-and-gas production and blasting him for rejecting in January a key permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
To counter the GOP claims that he's not
doing enough to lower gas prices, Obama embarked on a four-state stint
last month to promote his administration's energy plan.
He called for an all-of-the-above energy strategy that focuses on
expanding drilling, reducing foreign oil imports, improving vehicle fuel
efficiency and investing in renewable energy.
And he has stressed that there are no quick fixes to soaring pump prices, while also touting his administration’s efforts to expand domestic oil production.
“I will not accept an energy strategy that traps us in the past. We are not going to do it. So as long as I am president, America is going to be pursuing an all-of-the-above energy strategy,” Obama said in a speech on Ohio in March.
Gasoline prices reached and average of $3.93 as of April 5, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.
Recent polls have also shown that voters disapprove of Obama's handling of the issue.
Sixty-eight percent of those surveyed in a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released last week gave Obama negative marks for his handling of prices at the pump. Twenty-four percent approved of the administration's work.