Trump Slams Cosby as Not "Honest"

By Maggie Haberman
|  Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011  |  Updated 7:23 AM EDT
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Trump Trashes Bill Cosby

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Donald Trump says Bill Cosby is dishonest.

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Donald Trump trashed Bill Cosby Monday for teeing off on the developer over his "birther" comments, claiming the former TV star has only been nice to his face and even once offered to buy him a suit.

Trump said he happened to catch Cosby on the "Today" show last week, in a segment that aired after his own pre-taped interview with Meredith Viera.

"While I have never been a fan of Cosby’s, I had always assumed he liked or respected me because every time I met him — the last time at the David Letterman show where I preceded him as a guest — he was always so nice, saying 'let’s get together' —— asking me out to dinner, and being polite to the point of offering to buy me a suit because he has a 'great tailor,'" Trump said.

“In any event, as I watched the show, the subject of Donald Trump came up. I was surprised to hear him blabber, somewhat incoherently 'you run or shut up,' " Trump added, saying Cosby must know that "I cannot run until this season of 'Celebrity Apprentice' ends."

He went on, "I wish he would be more honest, and if he doesn’t want me to run because he’s obviously an Obama fan, he should state the reasons and not come into my 'green room' in front of numerous witnesses and treat me like his best friend, only to denigrate me when I’m not around. Sadly, he got more attention talking about me than he did on the merits of his own appearance—maybe he is not as dumb as I thought."

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