Trump teasing a 2016 bid for president?
May 27th, 2013
11:35 AM ET
8 years ago

Trump teasing a 2016 bid for president?

(CNN) - Is Donald Trump once again thinking about making a run for the White House?

The real estate mogul and reality TV star has been invited this year to more than a dozen Republican party or conservative political events, and the campaign research Trump spent $1 million on in 2011 remains relevant, a top Trump spokesman told CNN Monday.

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Trump, who flirted with runs for the Republican presidential nomination in the 2000 and 2012 cycles, already spoke in March at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The event, which is the largest annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists, is considered a must attend cattle call for Republican presidential hopefuls. And next month Trump addresses social conservatives at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference in the nation's capital.

Last week Trump, who turns 67 next month, spoke in front of what's being touted as a record crowd at the Oakland County, Michigan Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner.

"Everybody tells me, 'Please run for president. Please run for president.' I would be much happier if a great and competent person came along," Trump told attendees, according to local press reports. "I'm a Republican, but before anything, I love this country. I would love to see somebody come in who is going to be great."

Trump's research was conducted in 2011, for the 2012 election, Michael Cohen, his executive vice president and special counsel, tells CNN. He explains that the research, broken down state by state, was a very detailed analysis of what Trump would need to do get on the ballot in each state as a Republican, and what he would need to do to win.

Cohen says the research, which has been sitting on his bookshelf since late spring of 2011 when Trump decided against running for president, remains relevant for a 2016 race "because almost all the same players are involved."

Cohen says that "you don't spend a million dollars to adorn a bookshelf," adding that Trump "didn't commission the research for nothing."

Cohen also mentioned that if Trump launched a campaign for president, he would be required to turn over control of his businesses to his children, or to a trust.

The New York Post first reported this story.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story

Filed under: 2016 • Donald Trump
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Truther

    Let's all demand that Trump run for 2016. We, the citizens of the country, need some serious entertainment. We are MISSING him big time.

    May 27, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. SameoldSameold

    If the GOP insists on being like the original Blues Brothers in getting the same band of "candidates" (Rand Paul, Trump) together for the 2016 election along with a bunch of new faces with the same tired rhetoric (Rubio, Cruz) it's going to be a cakewalk for the Democrats.

    Sometimes it's like they are not even trying on purpose. I think the GOP likes not being in the majority. Far easier to obstruct, block and criticize as the minority party than be accountable and responsible while in the majority.

    May 27, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Andyyyyy

    Then why did you read the article?

    May 27, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Pete

    Trump exhibits Republican party politics to a "T" (pun intended), principled right up until $$$$$$ become involved.....

    May 27, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. us_1776

    Trump, the Apprentice.

    LOL !!


    May 27, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Bob

    Maybe he could get Shara Palin as his running mate.

    May 27, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. MrRickinNH

    These guys in the GOP just really don't get it do they!

    May 27, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein

    Even if he did run and get elected (it is not anywhere close to a reality), then he would never get anything through Congress because he'd be yelling at them "you're fired" which Congress would laugh at.

    May 27, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. plain&simple

    What would happen if Trump were to say something ...and nobody cared? That would be a perfect day!!!

    May 27, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. mark

    Please stop reporting on this guy and encouraging his grandstanding.

    May 27, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Pander Bear

    "Everybody tells me, 'Please run for president. Please run for president."

    Well people like me are telling you that because we need a good laugh and you will ensure that the GOP remains the group of circus freak candidates they were in 2012.

    May 27, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. SkepticalOne

    Because the stand up comics are in need of new material.

    May 27, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Michael F.

    If this happens, the Republican will have scraped right through the bottom of the barrel...

    May 27, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. omeany

    Please do! It will assure another Dem victory!

    May 27, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. davdoug

    I guess Trump has to keep "his people" busy with something since Hillary's birth certificate is not in question by any right wing nut jobs. This guy is such an arrogant self-promoter. He just wants people to pay attention to him like a spoiled child. If the GOP really wants to drive what's left of their party into the ground, get behind this pompous fraud. I would vote for Donald Duck before Donald Trump.

    May 27, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. plain&simple

    What would happen if Trump opened his mouth and nothing came out? Same as everyday.

    May 27, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Willy Nilly

    Thanks for the humor of the day. I don't take Trump seriously... who could?... so the article is just an attempt at humor that falls a little short. Trump is a baffoon and even the Republicans dislike him. 'Everyone' asks him to run for President?... give us a break. Maybe in Trump's isolated little world he thinks that, but they're probably just trying to prod him into more baffoonery.

    May 27, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. don

    Part of governing is managing the loser's bracket.
    The Donald thinks all people besides him define the loser's bracket.
    Part of governing is restraining entrepreneurs from allowing greed and narcissism to harm the average citizen.
    The Donald thinks this is the work of losers who won't get out of his way.
    I don't mind him running. He is a provocateur and provides good theater

    May 27, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Belseth

    Please, please, please run!!!! FYI Michele Bachmann would make a great running mate. Sure you'd only get the wacky fringe vote and cause a Democratic landslide but the country needs a good laugh.

    May 27, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. rswon

    He could pick his running mate via a special edition of the Apprentice. The sad part is, there are people who really want this clown to be president.

    May 27, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. BJordan

    "Teasing"? I'd say more like "threatening..."

    May 27, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    DON'T DO IT!!!!! If the GOP has any chance they do not need another embarrassing Trump run.

    May 27, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. tony

    Frump is what's wrong with America. He's all about selling and profiting off someone else's work, or property, instead of actually making something tangible himself and selling that.

    May 27, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. de Wiz

    Who is Donald Dump?

    May 27, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Anonymous


    Then why did you read the article?

    Where in my comment did I give the impression that I had read the article? I was putting forth my indifference to whether or not Trump runs for president in 2016, and also my indifference to his teasing a media too stubborn to understand no one cares what Trumps plans might be. The article itself was not read by me.

    May 27, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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