Donald Trump takes step toward running for U.S. president
In a statement, the outspoken Republican declared, ‘I am the only one who can make America truly great again’
Businessman and reality television star Donald Trump is taking a key step toward running for U.S. president in 2016.
In a Wednesday statement announcing the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, the outspoken Republican declared, “I am the only one who can make America truly great again.”
While a step short of a formal campaign launch, the move allows him to begin raising money and hire staff as he weighs a White House bid. Trump said he’s already hired political aides in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, which host the first three contests on the presidential nominating calendar.
Trump would be considered a long-shot in a wide open Republican contest featuring many candidates. On the Democratic side, likely candidate Hillary Clinton is considered the favorite.
Trump has long hinted at presidential aspirations but appears more serious this time. He recently said he would not renew his contract with NBC for his reality show, “The Apprentice.”
“I have a great love for our country, but it is a country that is in serious trouble,” Trump said in a wide-ranging statement that called for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, improving border security, strengthening the military and improving the economy.
“Americans deserve better than what they get from their politicians who are all talk and no action.”