Donald Trump to run for president of the United States in 2012?
"A lot of people have asked me to do it and until recently I would have no interest," the 64-year-old property tycoon and host of the reality show The Apprentice told reporters, adding that President Barack Obama was "having a very hard time.""I think he would be the first to admit that things have not been easy for him," said Trump. "The U.S. is a great country and it's not doing as well as it should. It could be doing much better and I think, with proper leadership, it would do unbelievably well."
He spoke after he picked up an honorary doctorate in business from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, where several local residents protested his visit, claiming his $1.2 billion golf resort development could force them out of their homes.
Trump had said on Tuesday on MSNBC's Morning Joe program regarding a possible 2012 bid: "For the first time in life, I am absolutely thinking about it."
Trump said on Friday it was too early to name a potential running mate and laughed off suggestions that he might run with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who lost a Republican vice presidential bid in the 2008 election.
Trump had suggested running as a Republican in 1988 and eyed a presidential bid with the Reform Party in 1999, ABC News said, adding that in 2007, he floated the idea of making talk show host Oprah Winfrey, now the world's most powerful celebrity, his running mate.
Since 2008, Trump has contributed more than $25,000 to campaigns of Democratic politicians and more than $2,000 to former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, public records show. In 2004, he donated funds to campaigns of both former President George W. Bush, a Republican, and to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.