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Get Ready For President Trump? The Donald Sounding More Like A 2016 Candidate

December 16, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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“The Apprentice” star and billionaire real estate titan Donald Trump is beginning to sound like a presidential contender.

Trump told the Mail Online before attending an event hosted by the Economic club of Washington, ‘I can tell you there’s a very substantial chance I will (run), But I don’t want to put a number on it,’ he said, when asked whether the chance of a Trump candidacy was better than 50-50.

However, just in case he is, Trump organizing support in key early primary states and is even taking some early jabs at potential rivals, a key sign he could be seeking the White House in 2016.

Trump is scheduled to appear at three separate events in Iowa, which is a litmus test for any candidate wanting to run the the highest office in the land.

Trump will attend the freedom summit’ where he will be speaking along with other presidential hopefuls including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, former U.S. ambassador John Bolton and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina – all who are considering entering the 2016 presidential contest.

It does not stop there, Trump is also planning to attend events in the early battleground primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina.

‘Everybody wants me in there,’ Trump said of his nationwide support among Republican leaders. I helped lots of people get elected (this year). I did lots of robocalls for people. Everybody I did a robocall for won.” Trump said.

A republican consultant in Iowa said of Trump Monday night that he is “one of a kind, and that scares the hell out of a lot of people.”

“I don’t think he’s serious, but can you imagine if he were? Holy s**t, it would that be fun to watch. And he’s so rich he wouldn’t have to kiss anyone’s *ss for donations’
He’s a loose cannon with a private jet. I can’t wait.” the political operative said.

During his speech Monday night, Trump said he is considering it very strongly. “A lot of people believe I’m having fun with it, and I enjoy the process, but the country’s in serious trouble, I think we need someone very good, very fast, or we’ll be in a lot of trouble,’ Trump said, scoffing at critics who accuse him of “playing games.’

Trump said he will announce a decision ‘sometime after the beginning of the year, between March and May.’
The mogul did say that he “would rather do what I’m doing than run for president, but I love the country more, until I see someone I think is outstanding, I’d be inclined to do it.”

The MailOnline asked him on Monday for his estimation of six potential presidential front-runners, including three Democrats and three fellow Republicans.

He said. “Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a front-runner, but we’ve seen that before,” which is a reference to her failed 2008 campaign where she blew her frontrunner status to Barack Obama.

Trump warned that ultra liberal progressive Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren,, could possibly upset Hillary in the Democratic primary.
“If she runs it’s going to be very tough for Hillary, I don’t know if it’s going to be that easy for her to get the nomination. I would say Elizabeth Warren is going to be competition for her.”

Trump said he likes Vice President Joe Biden, but ‘I don’t think he’s going to be a factor.’

A Monmouth University poll released Monday morning indicates he’s right: Biden attracted the support of just 2 percent of Democrats.

As far as the GOP primary, trump reserved some of his bomb throwing toward potential rivals, which shows he has the primary on his mind.

On the outgoing Texas Gov. Rick Perry, he will still be remembered by the 2011 debate misstep, where he was unable to name three federal agencies he pledged to shut down if he won the White House.

‘It’s going to be very hard for him – because of what happened the last time around,’ Trump said.

Then Trump broke out the grenades for the other potential contenders.
On Jeb Bush: “I’m a Republican but the last thing we need is another Bush, And his position on immigration is ridiculous.”

Bush is considered one of the front runners among the GOP 2016 but is viewed as most friendly to Obama’s executive decision to guarantee millions of illegal immigrants a deportation-free two years until he leaves office.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may have a birther controversy of his own, according to Trump, telling the Mail Online: “Ted Cruz has a problem because he was born in Canada. He admits he was born in Canada, and I assume that’s a problem,.”

Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, his father is from Cuba and later became a U.S. citizen. His mother was born in the United States. Most quoted experts say it is enough for Cruz to pass the constitutional requirement that only a ‘natural born citizen’ can be elected president.

A Cruz official maintained that ‘Sen. Cruz is a U.S. citizen by birth, having been born to an American mother.

Trump famously took credit for Obama’s release in 2011 of his long-form birth certificate. “I am really honored and I am really proud, that I was able to do something that nobody else could do,” he said at the time.

Trump also offered Obama $5 million to a charity if he would release his college and passport applications before October 2012.

Trump was asked to think of a ‘single nice thing’ to say about the president when speaking to the press after his Economic Club speech, Trump took a moment and said: “The one good thing you can say is that he’s a good campaigner, But he did it fraudulently because the things he said weren’t so.”

Trump had a hard time saying something about Hillary Clinton as well,
‘Hillary is someone I know very well,’ he said, adding that Bill and Hillary Clinton ‘are members of clubs that I have.’

‘And it’s going to be interesting with Hillary. I think Hillary is going to have some opposition. I don’t know if it’s going to be that easy for her to get the nomination.’
Trump told a capacity audience at the Marriott Marquis hotel in D.C. that America’s deteriorating economic conditions would require the next U.S. president to re-think the nation’s economic policies.

Trump said regarding the real unemployment rate, he said, isn’t the 5.8 per cent figure that the Bureau of Labor Statistics claims, It’s more like 20 per cent.

Trump correctly takes into account the number of part-time workers and millions of people who dropped out of the workforce or had ‘given up’ looking for a job, which lowers the unemployment numbers. He also weighed in on the Senate Democrats’ release of a ‘partisan’ report condemning the Central Intelligence Agency’s controversial terrorist enhanced interrogation program, which he called “an outrage.”

“We paid $40 million for a report that should have never been even contemplated,’ he said, suddenly animated. And I think it’s a great embarrassment to this country, to the CIA, to patriots. I think it’s something that should have never even been thought of.”

Trump finally weighed in on reports that he wears the world’s worst toupee.
‘It’s legitimately my hair,’ Trump insisted, drawing laughs.

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