Trump 'more serious than ever' about 2012 run
March 10th, 2011
02:07 PM ET
4 years ago

Trump 'more serious than ever' about 2012 run

New York (CNN) - As businessman Donald Trump continues to mull over a possible run for the presidency in 2012, one thing he made clear Thursday is that he is unhappy with the current leadership in the country.

"You see what can be done with proper leadership. We in this country, we don't have unfortunately that leadership," said Trump when specifically asked about President Obama and what he would do differently. Trump was speaking at a press conference in New York City.

"Were being very, very badly decimated by other countries taking advantage of us and we're like a whipping post and we could be great and we could be great again, but right now this country is doing very, very poorly."

Trump cited China, oil prices, OPEC, the U.S. dollar and food prices as some of the problems the U.S. is currently facing.

Trump was joined by President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, in a joint press conference to announce an agreement to build two new luxury properties in Georgia – a tower hotel in the capital of Tbilisi and a residential tower in the Black Sea Resort of Batumi.

"In terms of foreign relations I think this is really a great start," Trump said.

Trump contends that these types of international business deals should count towards his foreign policy credentials if he were a presidential candidate.

"I understand how the world works I deal with the world."

Official word on whether "the Donald" will run for office will be announced by June.

Trump said he's been asked for years to run but today feels "more serious than ever" about the idea.


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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. ja

    go get marry again, you and newt, a better method of wasting money, because obama won, everybody with a little change figure he or she can win, not a chance in hell dt

    March 10, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    I have to agree with him on the problem with our current lack of leadership. " The Barry" is doing a good job of avoiding issues that need to be dealt with.

    March 10, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Emerson

    "In terms of foreign relations I think this is really a great start,"

    Yes, building luxury properties overseas certainly qualifies you as a world leader. I hope he has some friends who can help him see the size of his delusions.

    March 10, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. king

    for the last 2 years repugs have been bauling about the president involving himself in every thing and he should keep out and let the country run itself. now he is chilling the repugs are screaming that hes not doing enough to lead this country. when will these repugs make up their minds, we cant afford another bush policy maker inside the white house at this time. this trikle down economics that bush did put our country in travisty, and obama is trying to get us out. clinton left office with a projected surplus of 8 trillion dollars in ten years, because of the tax revenue he had. bush came in and gutted that to the core, leaving our country with no revenue coming in. then he went on top of that and started 2 wars and a trillion dollar medicare program. then they want to blame every thing on spending too much when only 12 pecent of the budget is discretionary spending.

    March 10, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Michael tampa

    Amazing that people would even consider this egotical clown. What are people thinking!

    March 10, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Paul

    This is the same guy who has been in and out of bankruptcies court several times yet still walks away with a fortune? Guess he could not be any worse than the greedy people in office now

    March 10, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. neonmadman

    I saw a trump commercial for his roast on comedy central and he was holding a conversation with his hair. And then at the roast he will be the butt of some of the foulest jokes you will ever hear. President? Maybe Charlie Sheen can run for Veep.

    March 10, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Nick , California

    Didn't he go bankrupt a few times?

    March 10, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Sam the butcher

    Me too. I'm more serious than ever. I have no new ideas, but my downfall is that I'm faithfully married to my one and only wife of over 20 years. Oh I have a middle class background too and support workers' rights. I'm not a bigot and I don't rely on fear and dishonesty to advance my standing in life. Never filed bankruptcy....I recognize that balancing a budget requires more than simple cuts to everything except defense. I keep my religion to myself and my philosophy for that is to each their own, even if they choose not to practice a religion (and that should be separate from government anyway). I stand just as good of a chance as Donny to win the GOP nomination - which is slim and none.

    March 10, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Yes, donald we are thanks, to your buddy the shrub! Go take a ride in your private jet. Remind everyone that you can afford it because You are filthy rich while so many have no homes or food,
    You are a nobody reality star!

    March 10, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Bob

    Maybe this country needs the Trump card finally!

    March 10, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    What a joke. I can never look at this guy without imaging him wearing a Shriner's fez while driving figure eights in a miniature firetruck. Weeeeoooooweeeeeooooo...make way for the Captain Clowncar...he's going to fix everything by trying to play tough with China, our biggest creditor, and making "the flip" a mandatory hairdo...don't worry, he boffs hot cougars and is super super rich so he's certain to have the interests of the middle-class at heart....

    March 10, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As a one time billionaire, you would think that Donald should know something about how Wall Street has manipulated oil prices, which result in increased prices. Donald supported McCain in 2008, and McCain knew nothing about the economy. As for countries taking advantage of us, it did not begin on January 21, 2009, as the GOP hero, George W, borrowed from China, Japan, Saudi Arabia and other countries, to give our wealthy unfunded tax cuts, to fight unfunded wars, give big tax breaks to big oil, and an unfunded $800 billion to bail out the too big to fail banks, when we can finally overcome the republican culture of corruption, we again will be great.

    March 10, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Crazy Harry

    Trump, a leader? More like a snake oils salesman. Using the bankruptcy laws to enrich himself.

    March 10, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Donald needs to be on another reality show, "Are you smarter than a 5th grader?"

    March 10, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. T'sah from Virginia

    [Trump contends that these types of international business deals should count towards his foreign policy credentials if he were a presidential candidate.]

    WTF????? Is he taking with him to Georgia a team of workers from America to build these RESORTS???? And this QUALIFIES him to be PRESIDENT????? This is FOREIGN experience EVERYONE else lacks?????

    TRUMPah-LEEEEEEZZZZZZZEEEEEEEEE!!! When you break out of your little "bubble" of luxury and join the middle class for a day, you will then realize what REAL AMERICA is EXPERIENCING!! It's NOT about spending close to a billion dollars to run for president and star in your own reality show – JUST LIKE Palin!!!

    March 10, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. David

    Trump has far to many financial interests in foreign countries, including muslim countries by the way, to even be considered. Way to much potential that he would adjust policies to be better for his and his families wallets (kind of like Cheney).

    March 10, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Ben Gleck

    Bring it on, Mr. "I'm An Amazing Businessman Even Though I've Filed For Bankruptcy Seven Times and Queers Shouldn't Marry Four Times Like I Did and This Is My Real Hair."

    Blowhard idiot...

    March 10, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I hope Michelle Bachman chooses Donald to run as her vice president. Two like minds.

    March 10, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Mike S.

    He'd be a perfect Republican candidate. Like Bush Jr., he got richer by filing corporate bankruptcy and letting the taxpayers pick up the slack. And with multiple divorces, like Newt Gingrich, Trump would embody the Family Values Party.

    March 10, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The wealthiest Americans need someone like Donald looking out for their financial interests.

    March 10, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Trump may deal with the "business world" or at least a small segment of it. The problem is that he would have to deal with larger segments of the WHOLE world as president. He doesn't seem to demonstrat that he can't fire Congress when they don't do what he wants.

    March 10, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Jose Santiago

    This guy is the man.

    March 10, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Linton

    that's all we need – another mindless millionaire trying to tell the middle class how to live.

    BTW, we all deal with the world – even the ones with really bad hair on ego trips.

    March 10, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Cynthia

    I wouldn't vote for him, but it would be hilarious to see him renaming everything: The Trump House, Air Force Trump, Camp Donald, etc.

    March 10, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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