November 19th, 2010
07:54 PM ET
12 years ago

Trump under 'pressure' for 2012 run

(CNN) - Donald Trump says he's recently received more pressure than ever before to run for president, but he'd rather not throw his name in the ring.

"I love this country and I have had tremendous pressure over the years for me to run, but I've never had it like now," Trump said on CNN's "John King, USA." "I'd rather not do it. I'd rather have somebody in there that's gonna straighten out the country."

Trump said he thinks people ask him to run because of his "instinct for business" and "instinct for people," but would only say he's thinking about a presidential run in 2012.

The real estate mogul is famous for his lavish lifestyle and reality show "The Apprentice," and is often mentioned as a potential candidate for president.

Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Paul Ernest Show

    I think Trump is smarter than we think and don't want to walk across the firing range. I had , years back sent him a note, suggesting he should run for president, but not now. When such a mess is left from two wars, 8 years of Bush, economic mismanagement, anyone who wishes to run for that office is asking to age fast, deny himself happiness, and in the end would not be appreciated by the American people. Trump is an "inclusive, fun type of man" and should leave the name calling, divisive politics in Washington, at least for now.

    November 19, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. Cambob

    If he runs as a republican, please, for the love of everything American, let him win. I don't really care about the Democrats, but if Palin was the presidential nominee... That "Grizzly mom" is going to rip the country apart and the damage she will do would be far worse than any terrorist has ever done.

    November 19, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. John

    I think he just like to complain about the other who do it. In other word all talk no action.

    November 19, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. nyclposter

    You know, when China negotiates business with other countries, they have their best business leaders making the decisions, What do we have?? A bunch of career politicians that never ran a business in their lives, never had to meet a payroll, never lost sleep over where their next accounts will come from and it shows. The time for playing politics is over my friends, we better get some good business minds in office now because we are sinking fast.

    November 19, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. George of the jungle

    Hey donald and palin . can you see it now one upstaging the other.

    November 19, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. JWN

    He's running..........

    November 19, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. Truth in Reporting, Texas

    Sorry Trump, I'm afraid you would tear down the White House, rebuild it and call it "Trump House". Besides that, Haley
    Barbour would tell you not to run, and we all know Haley Barbour is a man of substitance and deep thinking.

    November 19, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. bar162

    Is the orange tie suppose to match that fake orange tan he's got going? With the kind of money he has, you'd think he'd go get a natural tan!

    November 19, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. BigBoyBC

    Trump is as delusional. Could you imagine him and Palin, sure fire way for Obama to be re-elected...

    November 19, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. George of the jungle

    captain awsome the rickster. Bothe these repos sound like they are full of themselves. Awsome indead.

    November 19, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  11. Arglebargle

    Heh heh heh heh heh...Donald T Rump, Presidunce of the Untied States. OMFG! With Sarah Palin as Vice Princess, at least till she quits. LOL!

    November 19, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. trixen

    I sure as heII ain't voting for him.

    November 19, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. Clwyd

    God NO! Such a self based man who is about as understanding of the needs of Americans as a billionaire is of
    having his kids attend a public school! The party of No is full of fools!

    November 19, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA

    People are very stupid...

    First of all, government is NOT a business
    Second, the last guy that should run a government is a rich megalomaniac
    Third, Trump inherited most of his Manhattan land which he sold to make a lot of money
    Fourth, MOST of Trumps businesses have gone BANKRUPT, but of course business, unlike people today, CAN file for bankruptcy
    Fifth, he can NOT be a President with that hair of his.

    November 19, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  15. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Hell no!

    November 19, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  16. WeThePeopleOfVirginia

    Please . . . we have enough blow-hards on Capitol Hill to occupy our our time. Volunteer at a homeless shelter and let's see if he has the tempermint for that task.

    November 19, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  17. saftgek

    Based on Mr. Trump's overall track record – with overall successes – I believe he is one worth supporting. What a breath of fresh air, compared to the likes of McCain, Kyl, McConnell, Graham, et al – all arrogant, evil "servants."

    Donald Trump would certainly be able to work the financial side of the presidency. Perhaps, having amassed the right team, he could manage the rest of the duties of POTUS.

    I am a life-long independent voter, having never missed an election. I have campaigned for several state and national candidates. I would be willing to campaign for Mr. Trump.

    November 19, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  18. Go TRUMP!

    That is one person I will vote for! Go for it Trump. You may be the only person in history to take 100% of the votes and be successful in running this country and not just into the ground.

    November 19, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  19. Stephen Olomukoro

    Donald Trump for President? No way. He would be fired in the Primaries before the General Election. The Presidency is neither like a beauty peagent contest nor the apprentice.

    November 19, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  20. C Firth

    Trump must have another installment of The Apprentice right around the corner. He is the master of hype and grabbing headlines.
    Nobody should take his comments on anything political very seriously. Everything Trump says and does has only one motive. To raise his profile and the thickness of his wallet.

    November 19, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  21. LouAz

    "instinct for people" – He's on his third wife ! Imagine how many people would rotate thru his Cabinet.
    "instinct for business" – He earned his money the old fashioned way – he inherited it from his father. Read his bio.
    The USA cannot afford his hair stylist for 4 years.
    The USA could never afford his remake of the White House to match his gaudy gold plated taste.
    He is about as subtle as a train wreck.

    November 19, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  22. Liberte

    Maybe The Donald will get a better toupee if he runs for president.

    November 19, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  23. kmp

    Pressure from whom Trump? Your toupe or combover? I would take Sarah over you any day.

    November 19, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |

    I dont think I could stand to look at him for four years. Although he probably would help the economy. If he couldn't he could just up and fire them.

    November 20, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  25. Ellie

    Trump is under NO pressure to run for President. WHY is this even a discussion. Donald Trump LOVES the attention he gets from all this TRASH TALKING, but he's NOT qualified to be President. He should stick to being a GREEDY real estate owner. He's got too many TIES to crooks, big banks and doesn't know the first thing about politics.

    November 20, 2010 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
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