Trump 'more serious than ever' about 2012 run
March 10th, 2011
02:07 PM ET
12 years ago

Trump 'more serious than ever' about 2012 run

New York (CNN) - As businessman Donald Trump continues to mull over a possible run for the presidency in 2012, one thing he made clear Thursday is that he is unhappy with the current leadership in the country.

"You see what can be done with proper leadership. We in this country, we don't have unfortunately that leadership," said Trump when specifically asked about President Obama and what he would do differently. Trump was speaking at a press conference in New York City.

"Were being very, very badly decimated by other countries taking advantage of us and we're like a whipping post and we could be great and we could be great again, but right now this country is doing very, very poorly."

Trump cited China, oil prices, OPEC, the U.S. dollar and food prices as some of the problems the U.S. is currently facing.

Trump was joined by President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, in a joint press conference to announce an agreement to build two new luxury properties in Georgia – a tower hotel in the capital of Tbilisi and a residential tower in the Black Sea Resort of Batumi.

"In terms of foreign relations I think this is really a great start," Trump said.

Trump contends that these types of international business deals should count towards his foreign policy credentials if he were a presidential candidate.

"I understand how the world works I deal with the world."

Official word on whether "the Donald" will run for office will be announced by June.

Trump said he's been asked for years to run but today feels "more serious than ever" about the idea.

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  1. NVa Native

    This is how low the GOP has become?!
    Donald Trump is being taken seriously by the GOPers??
    So I guess Forbes will be coming out of the "has-been" closet, how about Pat Buchannan too? Hell why not dig up Reagan and get him on the ballot too. Unbelievable.

    March 10, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Moe NY

    Sorry Donald, but President Obama has my vote in 2012. Just curious, with all the republican/teabags/corporate america trying to take away american workers rights...WHY? would I vote for a corporate american canidate....not likely to happen in this life time.

    March 10, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Charlie from the North

    Donald do us all a favor: Read the Constitution, if you think you can operate under those rules (you can't fire congress etc) then by all means run. If you can't live by those rules (I have a strong suspicion you can't) Match up your thoughts and hopes for thiis country with all those losers running for the GOP, then write Obama a big fat check for his re-election campaign and go play golf with Warren don't need the hassle.

    March 10, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. J. Samuel Cook

    Trump tells us why he wants to be president of the United States during an announcement to build condos and a hotel overseas–investments that would have created jobs and put Americans to work.

    Does anyone else see why this man is unfit to be POTUS?

    March 10, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. carlos

    but, did he say what he would do differently?????of course not, these imbeciles all they have is lard in their brains or as the n.j guv has, his chin sags all the way to his belly button, VERY DISGUSTING LOOKING....UGH

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

    Obama has been in "campaign mode" since he took office. Absolutely no business knowledge nor does any of his Czars. Why are we letting OPEC dictate the cost of oil? Why are the assaults on Americans NOT being called Terrorism? Why is he still fighting for "Obama Health Care" when is was declared unconstitutional? Health Insurance Companies love it! Premiums are going out of control. They may have to insure someone with a previous condition, but, guess what – You will pay big time for it.

    March 10, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Charlie from the North

    PS anyone smart enough to call out George W Bush as a lousy President is to smart to get elected from the Tea Party GOP.

    Maybe you could run as a Dem in 2016.

    March 10, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. john

    Are the casino's out of bankruptcy yet?
    Will Ivanka be secretary of state?
    This should be very entertaining.

    March 10, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Russ

    I'm not sure about his credentials. If his foreign policy is like his business policy I believe he's a failure. Didn't he have to file bankruptcy? Oh, why yes he did, twice. Does he plan on becoming President and filing for bankruptcy to get the national debt taken care of? Not sure that's an option.

    March 10, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. lorenzo

    I was an ardent supporter of President Obama because I believed that he would truly bring change and common sense to government well.....We are missing out on the opportunity to win over the Arab youth in Libya because we are still in the old school diplomatic bull.... dance. Supporting their fight for freedom would bring them to our side instead of radical Islam. I can't go to Cuba because? My so called free country selects if it is good or bad for me? Why are we still arresting thousands of people for substance abuse? Jailing for Pot? Really? Participate in one way trade with most countries? Is that free trade? If we can't sell our products then tax the hell out of their imports to our country! Obama has done nothing to move America forward since apparently he is more concerned with compromise with politicians of both parties and maintaining our failing country on the same path to doom. Mr. Trump would, like him or not, bring true change in how we deal with our economy and the world.

    March 10, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. ART

    If you thought that ghoulani was a megalomaniac you ain't seen nothing yet. America cannot afford to go bankrupt like so many of his ventures.

    March 10, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Matt

    I love how he makes these statements whilst opening hotels overseas. What, exactly, is that doing for the US economy? I'm not saying he SHOULDN'T open those hotels, but it's not like he's doing much for our economy as a business leader.

    March 10, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. CashForVotes

    Thus completing corporate take-over of the United States.

    March 10, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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