"Look at the money they make, they're full-time politicians, [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and all these people — [Rep. Maxine] Waters, [Former President Barack] Obama," Trump said in an interview aired by the Right Side Broadcasting Network on Tuesday night. "I expected to lose a lot of money, and I lost billions. I expected that it would be OK. These people made money being president.
"If somebody from Saudi Arabia stays in a suite one night for peanuts, even though I'm willing to lose billions of dollars, and say they pay $600, or whatever it is, they'll make like … I mean, it's the most incredible thing. These people have made a fortune, many of them have made a fortune. And I was prepared."
"I think they cheat on elections. And they do other things and that gets him up to that 50%. But they can't have 50% with those policies."
"It was very sad when Mike Pence gave those votes over," Trump said. "When you have more votes than there are voters, when you have other things that are so wrong, and that was then. Since then many other things have happened."
Trump's hotel company is set to sell the benefits to his Washington, D.C., hotel, which, according to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, lost more than $70 million while the former president was in office. The Wall Street Journal reported CGI Merchant Group, an investment firm based in Miami, was in talks with the Trump organization to arrange a buying up of the lease for the hotel.