Washington (CNN) - Donald Trump left one New Hampshire crowd with the distinct impression that he's running for president in 2012, according to a conservative activist present in the room for a closed-door meeting with the business mogul in Dover on Wednesday.
Andrew Hemingway, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, told CNN that Trump appeared to be "deadly serious about running."
"Today they were talking to people about hiring staff," Hemingway said. "He was joking about how the lawyers make him say 'If I run' and that type of stuff. He is serious. He is going to run."
Hemingway was one of dozens of Republican activists, operatives and party officials summoned to meet with Trump as he made his maiden trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state as a potential presidential candidate.
Trump arrived in Portsmouth Wednesday morning and held a press conference at the airport before hitting the road for a series of meetings in the Seacoast area, including one sit-down with New Hampshire GOP Chairman Jack Kimball.
Present at the Dover meeting along with Hemingway were several prominent conservative activists, including radio host Jeff Chidester, 9/12 leader Jerry DeLemus and Seacoast Freedom Network founder Dianne Bitter.
Hemingway described the Trump session, held in a side room at a local restaurant, as "very awkward, very weird."
The television star arrived at the restaurant in a limousine, accompanied by an entourage of well-dressed aides. He entered the room and was just about to address the crowd of roughly 50 people, but was interrupted by a call on his cell phone, Hemingway said. Trump stepped out to take the call, then returned to address the smallish room from behind a microphone.
Trump then spoke about illegal immigration, the Federal Reserve and "how incompetent Obama is," according to Hemingway, who said "the people there really seemed to like him.
"He said 'I've got a little debt, but I've got a lot of cash and I'm wiling to use it on a presidential race,'" Hemingway said.
Trump told the group that he will to use the final episode of "The Apprentice," his reality television show, to broadcast when he plans to make a final announcement about his presidential ambitions.
That episode is set to air on May 22. Trump has said he will make a final decision sometime in June.
Harry Reid sure told the truth when he stated that Donald Trump is not Presidential caliber.
Trump is beginning to look like Sarah Palin in an Armani suit. Only with a more uncontrollable gab. Someone should tell this
loose cannon that a lot of people are rich, or have decent money. Its not like in the old days where only one man was king
of the hill and everyone else had to kow-tow to him. He needs to learn that with supposed "wealth", there should also be class.
And the more Donald Trump talks, the more he is showing he has none. I've lost total respect for him.
I want to see his "bald spot". I know about his business sense or lack of it due to a family member bailing him out in 1990.
Yes, Donald!!! Please do run!!! You can totally ensure an Obama victory!!!
Trump is losing all his endorsements on "The Apprentice", nobody in their right mind would want to continue investing in Trump. Trump will use that as his excuse for his indebtness.
Turd hair is dead serious about running......almost as serious as we are about NOT electing him if he did.
The Trump chump would indeed be "deadly" for the GOP, if he were truly "serious" about running for President"
If the press continues to open a free "big top" tent at the circus, then expect more from this "carnival barker".
Shut down the free publicity, and the circus folds it tents and leaves town!
Good, because his campaign is already dead in the water.
he can run all he wants, still isn't getting my vote!!
yeah deadly serious about lining his pockets...its ok trump we get you wink, wink...
if trump is qualified to be president (with 4 bankruptcies) then bill gates with no bankrupcy would be more qualified...according to birther logic....
"Deadly Serious"? WTF is that supposed to mean?
He is playing NH too. He is a fool of all fools. More will be reveal and you wont like want you hear or see. But keep on talking I really think you want to hurt the GOP. And I love it Obama 2012
Everything this repulsive person does is "awkward and wierd". But that's OK, all 50 people "seemed" to like this
bloviated mass of hot air as he "stepped out of his limosine". It takes a limosine to transport a lamozine.
If this Joker/Trump says even one intelligent thing, I will be shocked! only goes to show that you can be very stupid and still get rich.
Well, of course he will announce his plan during the final show of The Apprentice, that way he figures the show will have high ratings. This man is a joke. I hope he does run. He strikes me as totally arrogant and full of himself. I can't imagine a candidate I would be less likely to vote for than Donald Trump.
I guess money does not equal class. At first I gave Trump credit for his presidential ambitions. Competetion is good. But if you can't make it on your own qualifications and have to try and trash your opponent to win – you are NOT a leader of anybody but those who your money can control. How sad you can't win on your own merits.
No body care If he does or not , because he won't win. His ego Is to High and he Lie more than any person I know. Like I say Be for money don't make you a man. to me he just a bald headed fat man, that don't know when to shut up. You doing all of this Donald because you are getting ready to file bankrupt again.
We pray for you Trump because you really need to wake up and realize that politics is no reality show. You're turning the American people and the world against you as you speak more and more.
What next is he going to say, "I am proud for giving America a big show by messing with the Office of President of the United States?" You're spitting on the American people's faces by disgracing the current President. Please learn some character from OBama who is admired by people in the US and around the world. With your attitude, you will alienate the US in international affairs and cause more conflicts.
Office of the President is not a reality show for your own entertainment. Wake up Trump!
And we thought it would be Palin or Bachmann that would be the laughing stock of the GOP primary. Now we have this "mouth that never stops running so you can get a word in edge wise" to laugh at. Hey Trump, if you're so damn intelligent why can't you see how stupid this makes you look?
Oh, please, Trump, run! That will guarantee another four years of Obama!
I hope he is serious about running, running for cover after the stupid ignorant birther thing he was involved. More and more each republican candidate shows how much they are not even qualified to be a trash collector much less president.
if he runs will the Republican hopefuls have the cajones to take him on? I would love to see somebody like Bachmann or Newty call him out and see how he blasts them. Obama would beat him anyway, esp when gas prices start to go back down but I think it would be fun seeing the Donald sweat a bit under more GOP scrutiny.
Donald trump is just a clown for the rep party and if he thinks that they take him serious about running for pres. they wont back him up when it comes to it he needs to ask him self why hasent any of the other repub done thIs because they knew that it would make them look like a clown and if you dont like what i am saying to bad don boy
He is serous and he will get "the Blacks" vote too!!!! He is such an ASH-hole big time. He will NEVER get "the Black" vote – along with every other SANE person's vote in America!