Trump 'more serious than ever' about 2012 run
March 10th, 2011
02:07 PM ET
10 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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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Sgt Schultz

    Democracy for sale? Go for it Don.

    March 10, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. PalmReader

    Are there NO decent men or women left in America, but these greedy, egotistical fools both sides of the aisle are throwing out for us to worship? Donald Trump has as much chance of becoming President as Claire McCaskill has in getting re-elected to her Senate seat. President Obama is looking better and better; at least with him there will be no surprises.

    March 10, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. seriously???

    Trump, see Meg Whitman. Public office is not for sale.

    March 10, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. ESinFL

    II'd vote for him.

    March 10, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. POD

    And how many times have his Atlantic City and other 'financial adventures' gone belly up?

    March 10, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Ken

    Do you think he will file Chapter 13 for the U.S. like he did is own business?

    March 10, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Peter E

    You are of course aware that Trump cannot win... the republican primaries. Republicans fear him because he is a REAL fiscal conservative. Sure, he supports tax cuts and wants to reduce regulations. But he also supports cutting off the corporate bailouts, oil subsidies, corporate subsidies, farm subsidies, and all the anti-competitive handouts republicans keep giving their corporate buddies. Republicans would lose their campaign cash base immediately. Republicans don't want a balanced budget and they don't care about fiscal responsibility. Republican 'fiscal responsibility' is solely about channeling your taxdollars to the rich and corporations that donate to republican campaigns. Trump's ACTUAL fiscal conservativism scares them!

    March 10, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Sam

    Presumably Trump would run as a Republican, since that party already has a sizable contingent of sideshow freaks seeking to run against President Obama in 2012. He'd just be another nut in the fruitcake along with Palin, Gingrich, Santorum, Bachmann, DeMint, Huckabee, & Romney. They could all travel to the primaries in the same clown car.

    March 10, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Realistic

    The republican field of want to be presidents keeps getting funnier by the day. First, Newt may think of running for president. Lets see, 2 affairs when his wives got sick with his staff member( Strike 1). Than says it was due to his "love of country". Ok, maybe alittle less love of country and more love for his wife would be better( Strike2) , I hope the 3rd miss Newt doesn't get sick. We all know what Newt does when his spouses gets sick, she better stay healthy. And finally the 3rd strike, he had to step down due to corruption..( Strike3)..Now Trump, had an affair on his wife( strike1), filed for tons of bankruptcy protection(there is no bankruptcy protection for countries, thus a bad businessman(strike2)..And strike 3 would be his pro-choice,pro-life and all hsi flip flops. Mike Huckleberry, a idiot and hill billy..1.2.3 strikes) Last time we had a hick like huckleberry was Cater...Rick Santorum, he lost by 18 pts on his re-election bid, if his state voters didnt want him, we dont either(1..2..3 strikes) Tim Pawlenty, thats okay keep him..And motor mouth Bachy...1.2.3 strikes just cuz shes crazycrazy crazy..

    March 10, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. chill

    What an egotistical moron. But he's betting he can buy himself the office. If one thing is clear about Trump, it's that his number one and only priority is Donald Trump. Give me a break.

    March 10, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Trump is a man who has borrowed taxpayer money from banks to do business around the World for his own personal profit, that's why he's a real estate mogoul. Show me proof of one real estate investor who has used his own money to make money, so don't be taken by Trumps wealth.

    March 10, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    Trump has a new show airing on Comedy Central. How ironic because he is a joke.

    March 10, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Anthony N.

    If Trump ends up getting elected, then americans are nothing but blind sheep.

    March 10, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. MagicMike

    Ha! When Palin and Trump are your serious contenders, the GOP is going to have a tough time in 2012. I'll pay attention when they have a legit candidate.

    March 10, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Trump should not quit his day job. He needs a new hair-do...or is that a wig?

    March 10, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Sgt. Joe

    Again, more blaming and no solutions. Hope he's enjoyng his tax breaks.

    March 10, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Don Falconnetti

    The fact that Donald Trump is seriously being considered as a presidential candidate is proof enough that there is a vacuum of leadership within the national body of the GOP. Really now! Sarah Palin? Mike Huckabee? Tim Pawlenty? Haley Barbour? Mitch Daniels? Ron Paul? Rick Santorum? Jim DeMint??? Newt Gingrich??? John Huntsman??? Aside from the notion that you have to a skill set that would enable you to get things done, people genuinely have to like you. None of these people is likable. The only possible challenger, Mitt Romney will never get the nod because he is a Mormon and an advocate of government sponsored health care. Obama has to be licking his chops right now. Donald Trump??? Where the heck is Mickey Mouse and Goofy when you need them.

    March 10, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    Let's see 2 failed marriages, one of which he was sleeping around on his first wife with his second wife, his company gone bankrupt, not to mention bad hair, Trump thinks he could run and be POTUS? He couldn't even win an argument with Rosie O'Donell for God's sake. I personally kind of like Donald Trump as an entertainer andf self-made millionaire, but that is about far as it goes. I think it's the old Trump ego that is fueling this and little else.

    March 10, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    He is sounding better all the time, as well.

    March 10, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. peace

    u will not get my vote for a man with as much money as you have bought a cheap face lift and a cheap hair transplant

    March 10, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. rick

    What a country! Only in America can two totally unqualified egomaniacs talk about running for President. Donald Trump who has bankrupted numerous companies and hurt thousands of creditors, investors and workers; and Sarah Palin, an intelligence defficient woman who cannot run her own household, bankrupted a small town and quit the governorship of her state less than half way through her term. But the saddest part of all this is that there are millions of people in this country who would vote for them.

    March 10, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Pretzel Logic

    Bwahahaha!!! How can something so ludicrous be taken seriously? He would make the GOP a further laughing stock.

    March 10, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. PacificView

    Trump fits the clown mold so popular with the GOP, so the more the merrier!

    March 10, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. B

    Self delusional EGO.

    Some people have absolutely no self awareness.

    Arrogant fool –

    March 10, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Indy

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

    All of the above are way out of Trumps league. He is so delusional that he actually believes that a President can change the price of oil, set food prices, tell OPEC what to do ? You have to be so braindead to think he could do anything to make a change in any of these areas. All of this has been talked about for hundreds of years with out resolve and Donald the Chump thinks he has the answers.

    March 10, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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