(CNN) - Donald Trump continued to tease a potential presidential run by changing his voter registration Thursday from Republican to "unaffiliated" and publicly denouncing the behavior of members of his former party.
Michael Cohen, an aide to Trump, said the real estate mogul and reality television star made the switch "in order to preserve his right to run for president as an independent if he's not satisfied with who the Republicans nominate."
The change was made with the New York State Board of Elections.
Cohen added that Trump was "disgusted with the way Republicans are handling" the payroll tax cut extension, saying the actions of Republicans were partly to blame for his party change.
Cohen also cited foreign policy issues, claiming Trump had been ahead of the curve in predicting security issues in Iraq after the U.S. pulled out troops.
"Iraq is imploding. Who else has been saying this except Trump?" Cohen said.
Trump's party switch is just the latest move taken by the businessman to indicate he might run for president. He very publicly contemplated a run in the Spring before announcing he wasn't willing to give up his reality show "The Apprentice" to launch a campaign.
Trump's presidential aspirations sprung up again in December, when he cancelled his appearance as moderator of a presidential debate, saying he wasn't "willing to give up my right to run as an independent candidate."
I hope Karl Rove and Grover Norquist are having kittens over the fact that all these Frankensteins they've created (teabaggers, Trump, etc.) have all risen from the table and are wrecking havoc on the villagers.
What Donald Trump make because he got money In that keystone pipe line and the Republican didn't make sure It was Pass. That just be bad.
Not sure who really cares about Trumps' political ambitions...nor that he now is a middle eastern prophet ...or for his hair style
Whatever you got a bunch of money who cares you're not going to give me any so whats that do for me or anyone else? He doesnt really have a chance but to tell you the truth I think I would rather have him run then not run it would actually make it a little more interesting. Not that it matters to much from the way things are shaping up it will be Obama vs Ron Paul or Mitt and maybe Trump.. Obama is the lesser of 3 evils. What else can you do.
Wow, how could anybody see that coming...
Donald Trump only adds to this country looking like a complete joke!
He should change his party affiliation to "cirque du trump"
Trump is the biggest idiot out there!
He's a piece of bad wig that's full of hot air.
Stupid. Just plain stupid. I guess it proves that there are stupid people in America supported by stupid people led by stupid people. It's the only way I can possibly understand the American politics of the Trumps, the Palins, etc.
Though I will not vote for you Trump, BUT I salute you for your decision. You are more than 35 years of age, therefore you do qualify to run. Go for it Donald, you never know, you might win it !! After all, other so-called GOP contenders are not positioned themselves to win it!
Trump was dumped by the GOP and anybody else who mattered. He's a pathetic megalomaniac with delusions of grandeur and diarrhea of the mouth.
They wouldnt come to your debate so you are taking your vote and going home? Ok. Just don't join my party, thanks.
when was the last time somebody said "NO" to this immature, egotistical, spoiled brat. When delusions of grandeur collide with a fat bank account and tons of self-indulgence, you get an object known as Trump. He will always be the greatest in his own mind, even if he has done precious little for humankind with all of his financial advantages. He will die an obnoxious child.
Trump is like a bad penny.
hahahahaha... we all know what business people do with our country... Bush, Arnold and now trump? hahahaha
Trump is a joke.
I hope Trump the Chump, nothing but an irrelevant, self-absorbed, intellectual midget, windbag, does run as an independent...then we can all demand to see his birth certificate (the long form, of course), his tax returns and his college transcripts.
I shouldn't have had those burritos for lunch; now I have to go take a huge Trump.
I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the Republican Party: I'm sorry for their loss.
I would also like to offer my sincere condolences to the Unaffiliated Parties: I'm sorry for their gain.
I would also like to suggest that if Donald Trump runs for President, that Rosie O'Donnell 'primaries' him. They have had a contentious relationship, and going head-to-head in a primary race should finally show which one of them has the support of our citizens.
Gene Grossman – LegalMystery.com
Hot much longer is the press going to give this bag of hot air a platform???
This bozo has to disappear from all but carnival acts!!!!!!!
Trump's not going to run. His ego could never handle the rejection.
He had already run for President, as a Republican, and was laughed out of the race. Not a small achievement considering all the other clowns he competed with.
As Santa would say H O, H O, H O!
The republicans said No, No, No! The Indy car fans also told him to Go, Go, Go!
Mr. Opportunist Trump doesn't care. His name and interesting hair piece is on CNN. I bet that made his Christmas!
He should go ahead and run. And when he gets a total of 5 votes (cast by himself and some family members), it will be a good reality check that the only guy Trump impresses is Trump.