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Trump says no to presidential run

 FILE - In this April 28, 2011, file photo Donald Trump speaks at a gathering of Republican women's groups in Las Vegas. After months of flirting with...
 FILE - In this May 11, 2011 file photo, possible 2012 presidential hopeful, Republican Donald Trump speaks during a luncheon with the Greater Nashua ...
 FILE - This May 11, 2011, file photo shows then-possible 2012 presidential hopeful, Republican Donald Trump, waving to a crowd of over 500 people dur...
 In this photo taken April 25, 2011, Donald Trump is interviewed in New York. After months of flirting with politics, Trump said Monday, May 16, 2011,...

Trump 2012

FILE - In this April 28, 2011, file photo Donald Trump speaks at a gathering of Republican women's groups in Las Vegas. After months of flirting with...

Trump

FILE - In this May 11, 2011 file photo, possible 2012 presidential hopeful, Republican Donald Trump speaks during a luncheon with the Greater Nashua ...

Trump 2012

FILE - This May 11, 2011, file photo shows then-possible 2012 presidential hopeful, Republican Donald Trump, waving to a crowd of over 500 people dur...

Trump 2012

In this photo taken April 25, 2011, Donald Trump is interviewed in New York. After months of flirting with politics, Trump said Monday, May 16, 2011,...

Donald Trump said Monday he won't run for president, choosing to stick with hosting his reality TV show over a bid for the Republican nomination for next year's election.
The real estate mogul made his announcement at a Manhattan hotel as NBC, which airs his show, "The Celebrity Apprentice," rolled out its fall lineup.
"I will not be running for president as much as I'd like to," Trump said.
Some public opinion polls had once shown Trump leading the slow-to-coalesce Republican field, which still lacks a clear front-runner. Among the top hopefuls are former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Obama is seen as a tough incumbent to beat in the November 2012 elections despite the U.S. economy's continuing woes.
In the past few months, Trump delivered speeches to national Republican groups and traveled to states that hold early primary elections. During that time, he reignited the so-called "birther" controversy by perpetuating falsehoods about Obama's birth place, insisting that questions were unanswered about whether the president was born in Hawaii. He amassed admiration from many on the far right who have insisted Obama was born overseas and, thus, wasn't eligible to serve as president.
Obama finally distributed his long-form birth certificate earlier this month, indirectly casting Trump as a carnival barker and the controversy as a sideshow. Trump took credit for the release even though it robbed his candidacy of its signature issue and the buzz around his possible campaign died down.
Days later, the president retaliated in his monologue at the White House Correspondents Association dinner, where he poked fun at the birth certificate controversy and mocked Trump and his television show. A stone-faced Trump heard the barbs from both Obama and comedian Seth Meyers. A day later, NBC interrupted the airing of Trump's show with word of an Obama announcement _ within 45 minutes the president informed the nation and the world that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had been killed.
Trump is the second Republican in a matter of days to say no to a bid for the Republican nomination. Mike Huckabee announced Saturday that he wouldn't seek the presidency.
Trump has floated the idea of a presidential candidacy in both 1988 and 2000 but claimed he was more serious than ever this time, citing the weak economy and the sense that the United States was in decline.
On Monday his office released a formal statement just as Trump was taking the stage. In it, a confident Trump said he felt he could win the Republican primary and beat Obama in the general election but had come to realize a presidential campaign could not be run half-heartedly.
"Ultimately, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector," Trump said.


Updated : 2021-04-20 09:43 GMT+08:00