Trump adviser heads to Iowa Monday
March 6th, 2011
12:56 PM ET
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Trump adviser heads to Iowa Monday

Washington (CNN) – While Donald Trump may be focusing on his television show, a senior adviser - who has been pushing a possible presidential bid for the real estate tycoon - will make a visit to Iowa on Monday.

Michael Cohen, executive vice president at the Trump Organization and a special counsel to Trump, will go to Des Moines on Monday to meet with Republican party officials, organizers and potential sources of campaign money.

Cohen helped create the website, which is not connected to Trump and was set up independently. His visit comes on a day six other likely Republican candidates will be in the state, home to the nation's first caucuses February 6.

"I'll be meeting with significant people in Iowa, including large donors," he told CNN. "I'm gauging the reception Mr. Trump would have … In June, when he hopefully decides to run, I'll be able to turn the information over to him."

Cohen said he is meeting with about a dozen "leading GOP representatives" during the trip. And though Trump is aware of the trip, he did not ask his adviser to go.

He will also attend the Iowa Faith and Freedom spring event Monday night, where Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Buddy Roemer will address a gathering of social conservatives.

Trump, who won't make a decision on whether to run for the presidency until the last episode of "Celebrity Apprentice" airs, told the Des Moines Register that he may make a visit to Iowa before making the final call. "I will meet many, many people, maybe all of the people. If I decide to run, I will be shaking hands with everybody," he said.

One person who's not a fan of Trump is Sen. Lamar Alexander, R- Tennessee. He told Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union" that Trump's favorable ratings in a recent poll "says more about the media than Donald Trump."

Alexander said, "There's always someone like Donald Trump who runs who has absolutely no chance of winning and who is well known. I mean, he's famous for being famous. He may be good in business but he's not going to be president."

CNN's Steve Brusk and Natalie Apsell contributed to this story.

Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Iowa
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Jilli

    Trump would be a horrible president – there's not enough room in the white house for his ego. His priority has always been self promotion – when his focus should be on the promotion of the country.

    Why don't the republican just hold a reality tv show to select their next candidate, they couldn't do any worse than the batch of clowns they're propping up now.

    March 6, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Buy American, marry American.

    March 6, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. MB Seattle

    The Donald is just as viable as Sarah Palin, Michele Bachman or any number of publicty hungry celeberty politiation. This is not about leadership it s about seeing books.

    My heart goes out to those moderate republicans that see there life's work goingh up in smoke.

    March 6, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Iowans have to first chance to tell the Donald, "You're fired!" Donald should avoid Iowa, as there is enough BS there already.

    March 6, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. Indy

    Getting tired of Republicans that make you wait until their reality TV shows last episode before they can make decisions or you have to buy their book to get the "rest of the story". You don't need any more proof then those kind of statements, to know they do not care one bit about their country and the only reason they get up everyday is to make money off people that are stupid enough to watch their shows or buy their books.Trump is a Chump ! In the last primaries Republicans everywhere told us it was wrong to be a celebrity seeking high office, and now the only people running for Republicans is idiotic celebrities that have reality TV shows or have someone ghost author a book for them and they go on these ridiculious book tours. You just have to a complete fool that has no respect for your country to support these hyprocritical idiots.

    March 6, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Nadeem

    I bet he turns this into a reality show

    March 6, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Dean

    I believe Mr Trump is well qualified to run this country. That and having the savvy to make the key and strategic decisions for the various global dynamics that will bring the US back to its rightful place as a respected global leader.

    Smart, articulate, respected and street-wise along with a depth of experience when you break it down compared to the career politicians being contemplated. Easy choice!

    March 6, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. willie floyd

    And I thought GWB made me ashamed of our country-Trump would be just as bad.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    March 6, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Please run! The fact that a Republican Senator says you have no chance shold only be another reason to throw your hair into the race.

    March 6, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. dmog55

    Donald Trump is a Joke! and that's what he would be playing on the American People if he did run for President. would he give up his T.V. show?. Would he have members of the congress ect.. fighting for top spot. or would he say they where fired?. would he introduce a new 1st Lady?. He'd do a lot of things, but it would be all about him. Not the People of the United States!!!!

    March 6, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |