Bloomberg calls Trump a 'pretend CEO'

Bloomberg calls Trump a 'pretend CEO'
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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE on Friday, calling him a “pretend CEO” and comparing his presidency to the classic horror film, “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

Bloomberg, widely seen as a potential 2020 contender, made the comments while speaking at the Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia, HuffPost reported.

“The presidency is not an entry-level job,” Bloomberg said, according to the outlet. “There is just too much at stake.”

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“And the longer we have a pretend CEO who is recklessly running this country, the worse it’s going to be for our economy and for our security. This is really dangerous,” he added.

Bloomberg later compared Trump to the serial killer depicted in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” horror film series.

“It’s like the government version of a bad horror movie, but instead of Freddy Krueger and the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street,’ we’ve got Donald Trump and the ‘Nightmare at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,’ ” Bloomberg told the crowd.

His remarks on Friday came shortly after Trump signed a three-week stopgap bill to end the longest shutdown in U.S. history.

The shutdown was triggered on Dec. 22 as Trump battled with congressional Democrats over his demands for $5.7 billion to fund a border wall along the southern border.

The legislation Trump signed did not guarantee money for his border wall, something that Trump said could lead to another shutdown in three weeks when the funding bill runs out.

Trump also suggested he may declare a national emergency to bypass Congress to build a wall, a move which likely would trigger legal challenges.

Bloomberg, who was elected as both a Republican and independent in New York elections, is reportedly considering running as a Democrat in 2020. He has said he'll decide by February on whether or not to pursue the nomination.

If he does, Bloomberg is likely to join a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro: Trump should be impeached for trying to obstruct justice 'in very concrete ways' Poll: Biden tops Sanders nationally Pete Buttigieg: 'God doesn't have a political party' MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJulián Castro: Trump should be impeached for trying to obstruct justice 'in very concrete ways' Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds Trump Jr. slams 2020 Dems as 'more concerned' about rights of murderers than legal gun owners MORE (D-Calif.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand pledges not to use 'stolen hacked' materials in 2020 campaign 2020 Dems rebuke Trump on Iran, say they'd put US back in nuclear deal Where 2020 Democratic candidates stand on impeachment MORE (D-N.Y.), among others.