(CNN) - Real estate mogul and television celebrity Donald Trump, who generated a media publicity blitz by saying he might run for president in 2012, announced Monday that he will instead remain a businessman.
"After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the presidency," Trump said in a statement.
With his typical bravado, Trump maintained that he would have won the Republican primary and the general election, but recognized that "running for public office cannot be done half-heartedly."
"Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector," Trump said in the statement.
Trump's flirtation with running for the Republican nomination included his demand that President Barack Obama make public his full birth certificate from Hawaii.
Obama previously had provided a shorter version that serves as the public record in Hawaii, but amid the media glare on the issue raised in part by Trump's repeated questioning of whether the so-called long version of the document existed, the president released it last month.
At an NBC presentation of the network's fall line-up, Trump, star of "Celebrity Apprentice," said "NBC has been amazing. This will be our 12th season and I have to say I love 'Celebrity Apprentice.'"
"I will not be running for president as much as I'd like to," Trump added.
"After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.
I want to personally thank the millions of Americans who have joined the various Trump grassroots movements and written me letters and e-mails encouraging me to run. My gratitude for your faith and trust in me could never be expressed properly in words. So, I make you this promise: that I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician's thoughts. My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country. I will continue to push our President and the country's policy makers to address the dire challenges arising from our unsustainable debt structure and increasing lack of global competitiveness. Issues, including getting tough on China and other countries that are methodically and systematically taking advantage of the United States, were seldom mentioned before I brought them to the forefront of the country's conversation. They are now being debated vigorously. I will also continue to push for job creation, an initiative that should be this country's top priority and something that I know a lot about. I will not shy away from expressing the opinions that so many of you share yet don't have a medium through which to articulate.
I look forward to supporting the candidate who is the most qualified to help us tackle our country's most important issues and am hopeful that, when this person emerges, he or she will have the courage to take on the challenges of the Office and be the agent of change that this country so desperately needs."
Thank you and God Bless America!
Donald J. Trump
Trump thinks he would have won the presidency? In your dreams Donald. Lol!
"... I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly."
Half-hearted campaigns is the Republican way these days (see Palin, Bachmann, Paladino, McCain, O'Donnell, Angle, F. Thompson, et. al). What you've probably realized is that a) You really are a complete LOSER; and b) the majority of this country will not vote for an idiot who's "business acumen" is reliant upon C-list celebrities, reality show writers/editors, and directors who yell "Cut" when you need them to.
This GOP race is starting to look like a night out at the Comedy Club.
Now all I need to hear is that Palin isn't running and I'll be good.
Wow! Shouldve seen that one coming. What a joke. Hey, Trump, do us all a favor and pull your bottom lip over your head and swallow! HA!
Good one less crazy running for president. We need a president that has the gumption to take on the run away spending.
The only person that has the qualifications is Jeb Bush.
TIME TO DRAFT JEB BUSH FOR PRESIDENT.
The United States has lost a great opportunity. President Donald Trump would have stimulated the economy in unprecidented ways. Every comedian from NYC to LA would have had mountains of fresh new material every day from President Trump. It is a sad day in America.
As a Brit in the UK I cannot belive that anyone in the US would take Trump seriiously let alone someone who could have his finger on the nuclear button. Come on guys get real, Obama might not be perfect but he looks head and shoulders above the rest at the moment
Trump might be rich but he needs to stick to reality TV as he is un real or start doing Tv commercials for hair spray!
And the American population breathed a collective sigh of relief
Did you see the length of his "I'm Not Running" statement? You'd think he was giving his inaugural address! The man is a Narcissist and doesn't have the vaguest idea of how ridiculous he appears to the rest of the world.
good riddance to a racist redneck!!!!
Maybe the chumps who supported this goober will write in his name, anyway.
Uh !!!! This surprises who ??
What an egomaniac ! Anyone who truly believed that this idiot was running for president should have their head examined.
What a blowhard. They're dropping like flies since Our President got Bin Laden.
Thank You!!!! The Donald finally realizede that he is no match for President Barack Obama natural born american citizen.
Seriously, is it fair for Trump to deprive so many late-night comedians of such prime material?
It's was a brilliant branding process by Trump...really, why would he want to run for president?? He makes 4 million per year on his show, verses $750,000 per year as president? Although, he's a bigot for calling the President on his birth certificate??
Let's all hope and pray that he get's fired and he's showed canceled!!!
Another pretender falls. Where's that shocking development you were going to reveal about the President Trump. You are such a liar!
I don't know why we as a country have allowed the media to put a microphone in front of Palin, Trump, Bachmann, Guiliani, or Gingrich. They are not serious candidates and the country wants NOTHING to do with the type of disrespectful, dumbed-down, lies and ill-concieved ideas from this B/C caliber people.
I trust President Obama and I'm glad to have a calm, cool, collected, cerebral adult in the executive mansion.
The President now needs to articulate his command of economic factors before he is portrayed as "reacting" to concepts / criticisms from Romney & Gingrich. For example, he needs to, in simple-speak, explain
1.) what he is going to do about the National Debt and why that is important to the value of the dollar, interests rates, and the price of oil / food. etc.
2.) How income tax rates are NOT related to job creation and the danger of this GOP LIE. How capital gains taxes are too low and how they do not impact the decision of an ambitious person to invest money to earn extra income.
3.) How education & innovation drive productivity up and the cost per unit down for US goods making us more competitive worldwide.
4.) How education and access to capital for the "little guy" that thinks up an idea in his/her garage is the key to starting industries that create novel new products that can displace those designed and made in China, India, Japan, Europe, etc.
If the President beats the GOP to the punch on this topic, Americans will have faith that the reversal in jobs lost [which the Obama administration has brought about (adding @ a rate of 200,0000 per month)] will continue. The car is out of the ditch. Don't give the keys back.
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he can sit in my restaurant playland anytime and play the clown.
How disappointing. The Donald Trump / Charlie Sheen ticket would have been terrific. Well maybe they can at least plan to tour together.
Looks like GOP Whacko #7 has backed out.
Anyone who would consider a lunatic like Trump to run this country should not be allowed to vote...
These people are dangerous for the future of the world!
.nobody loves ya Donald (except maybe Star Jones)....your a washed up has been! with a very bad hairdo..a vulgar mouth..bad cologne, a string of cheep classless wifes, and a cheesy reality show....GO JUMP IN THE HUDSON!
He said he was considering running as a Republican when in reality he really was running as a JOKE. Now he wants to thank his millions of supporters. Problem with that is he can't find any of them. He maintains the strong conviction that if he was to run, he would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. With that statement he is a Majority of one. I must admit that he had the IDIOTS in the nut house rolling on the floor laughing their crazy butts off. "Chump Da Trump's" motto is: "I CAME, I SAW, I GOT SCARED AND QUIT". What more would you expect of the 5th cousin twice removed of "Sista Sarah"?