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Trump on 2012: 'I Think I Could Win'

Donald Trump in 2012? "I'm tempted," he said.(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

photo of Lindsey Boerma
February 9, 2011

Americans tired of hearing “you’re fired” in the dire economy may at least get some reprieve: “The Donald” said tonight he won’t announce his decision on a presidential bid until June.

“I am seriously thinking about it,” Donald Trump, the multibillionaire real-estate-mogul-turned-reality-TV-star told CNN’s Piers Morgan on Wednesday evening. The interview was an ironic role reversal—Trump previously sat on the interrogation side of Morgan as his “boss” in a season of The Apprentice.

The decision “may surprise people, frankly,” Trump said. “But I hate what’s happened to this country; we’re a laughingstock throughout the world.… We just don’t have it anymore as a country.”

 

Before discussing what a Trump administration’s agenda would look like in terms of job creation and war, he hounded his favorite talking point: China, as, what he called, “the enemy”: “The first thing I would do is announce very strongly that we’ll tax Chinese products,” he said. “They will come to the table immediately.”

Trump said that following President Obama, whom he described as “a gift from the Bush administration … you need a person like me to run this country for a while.”

But he’s certainly not trying to get in the good graces of current legislators. In response to the breaking news that Rep. Chris Lee, R-N.Y., had resigned due to an extramarital affair scandal, Trump said there are “a lot of affairs going on in Congress,” but declined to give names. “With this guy it goes to the grave,” he said.

He cited former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the current Republican frontrunner, but that “[he's] not resonating;” former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, he said, is “like Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, where she beats somebody who should have won in the primary, and gets killed in the [general] election.”

As for his chances?

“I think I could win; otherwise I wouldn’t do it,” Trump said. “I’m not doing it to come in fourth place.”

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