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. Darshana

    Not on this planet.

    November 20, 2010 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  2. Some parts of AZ are sane

    ***ROTFLMAO*** Whew....Thanks...With all of the problems in the U.S. today....I needed a good laugh....

    November 20, 2010 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  3. Steve

    How's about a run by a truly average citizen?

    November 20, 2010 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  4. popeye1128

    Just what we need. Another capitalist running the country.

    November 20, 2010 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  5. Trump For What ?

    Trump is a smart and savvy business man , he makes million's doing what he does and he know's the presidency is a difficult and thankless job ! Why would you run for a job that pay's a fraction of what you make and has a multitude of pitfall's associated with it ! Smart move Donald !

    November 20, 2010 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  6. popeye1128

    Who are these people pressuring him?

    November 20, 2010 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  7. popeye1128

    Yea, Donald knows the common man. No?

    November 20, 2010 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  8. popeye1128

    What a joke! Maybe him and Sarah Palin as VP.

    November 20, 2010 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  9. Jim Treanor

    But has he ever served so much as an apprenticeship as a politician?

    November 20, 2010 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  10. paul

    you're fired! get the hell outta here

    November 20, 2010 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    This is just Trump publicity, he's saying "...I don't really want to run, but THE PEOPLE want me too..."

    Yeah right Trump, here it is from me first – YOU'RE FIRED

    November 20, 2010 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  12. shifter12hrs

    Trump is about as smart as idiot

    November 20, 2010 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  13. John

    no one wants this idiot to run. all about PR for him

    November 20, 2010 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  14. Hmm?

    Tremendous pressure? LOL
    Sure, Mr. Trump, go ahead, knock yourself out.

    November 20, 2010 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  15. Alex

    Trump has a knack for people and he knows business. But he loves the spotlight too much and lacks serious political credentials. Mayor – maybe, Congressman – possibly, President – no way!

    November 20, 2010 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  16. Sandy

    The only person who ever mentions Trump running is Trump himself. This guy's ego is pathetic. Let's see– he ran his original company into the ground & filed bankruptcy & left the creditors on the hook for mega millions; he's cheated on at least 2 wives that we know of; he sells his name for influence to any sketchy development that comes along.... yeah, sure, this is the guy we want to run for President. If he thinks anybody really wants him to run for President, I can only ask "What the hey is this guy smoking?".

    November 20, 2010 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  17. CNN is a Publist for wannabees!

    We just now find out the Sarah Palin close adviser is has been receiving money from George Soros and Sarah Palin is on the record supporting the TARP Bailouts. CNN stop being a publist and start calling out these hypocrits! Now here comes Donald ready to spin his way as a candidate to sell more realestate, books and don't forget his reality show.

    November 20, 2010 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  18. Chedar

    Trump as president? Big freaking joke!

    November 20, 2010 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  19. Adam

    We've given a former drug mob boss. (bush1) and a former alky / baseball manager (bush 2) and a nobody who accomplished nothing prior to presidency (obama) a chance.. Why not vote for someone that has proven himself in the economic ring? Especially in a time like this.. it would only serve us right to put someone up there that knows business and not just war mongering.

    November 20, 2010 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  20. Dee

    You are kidding me, right?

    November 20, 2010 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  21. Zeus

    Please Donald, RUN.
    Why do you resist as you do?

    But you do need a makeover, especially that hair. Before you throw your name in the ring, give Lady Gaga a call and get some advice on doing something creative with your hair.

    November 20, 2010 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  22. Charlie

    Donald, Thanks for Loving this country. I wish you would run for Prez. I've heard that you are buying foreign building material because the made in USA is junk. Why don't you do a reality show which now is the thing to do....about getting business back to the USA. Have teams that create jobs bring textiles back, bring building material back, toys, electronics etc. I have one wish i never filled. Work for Donald Trumph, man you are a good mentor/teacher.

    November 20, 2010 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  23. john bonds

    love the bon and think he has done great but the pres no l feel he can help out and really should but dont need to sit in that office to do so

    November 20, 2010 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  24. john bonds

    i hope the pres calls on him to serve in some form to help re-shape the country

    November 20, 2010 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  25. anthony

    Well, he had declared bankruptcies several times. This will make him perfect for Republicans, who know how to pile up debt (8 trillion dollar debt from the last three Republican presidents; the 2009 budget that Bush handed to Obama, which was projected to produce a 1.2 trillion dollar deficit before Obama took office, and resulted in a final 2009 deficit of 1.4 trillion).

    November 20, 2010 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
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