There’s been no leadership to fix the looming “fiscal cliff” and end the uncertainty in the economy, Donald Trump told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Thursday.
“I think businesses are very unsure,” Trump said. “There’s great uncertainty and we just don’t have leadership. I’ve never seen a mess like it.”
The fiscal cliff refers to the expiration of tax cuts that expire at the end of the year and the automatic spending cuts that go into effect at the same time.
Trump said President Barack Obama needs to get everyone into a room to make a deal. “Otherwise,” he warned, “this country is in big trouble.” (Related: 'The Dollar Is Going to Go to Hell').
While a deal may not happen before the election, Trump said a “deal needs to be made now. They would be so well off to stop with waiting.”
Trump is a vocal critic of the president and has previously questioned whether Obama was born in the United States.
He doesn’t think this will happen unless the president starts to focus on boosting employment. “Jobs are getting worse, people are cutting back, there’s great uncertainty and it’s a mess,” Trump said.