Billionaire real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump said Tuesday he is "absolutely thinking about" running for president because the nation is in such dire economic straits.
"What's happening is, outside forces are destroying this country," Trump said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show. "We're rebuilding China, because everything we make is made in China …. The Chinese people I know tell me, 'We can't believe we are getting away with it.' The valuation of their currency is ridiculous, you can't compete with it.'"
Trump has been known to harbor political ambitions for more than a decade. His name has emerged in part because there is no clear GOP presidential front-runner for 2012.
Time Magazine political analyst Mark Halperin reported Sunday that residents in the early-primary state of New Hampshire received phone calls last month from an unknown pollster asking questions regarding their views of Trump. Voters were asked, for example, if they were aware he previous had made campaign donations to some Democrats.
Understanding how voters perceive him would be critical to a Trump campaign. But Trump denies he had anything to do with the mysterious poll.
"I know nothing about the poll," he said. "Somebody took a poll because they heard me on shows like this where I talk about what's happening to this country. And somebody took a poll in New Hampshire and guess what, the results were very positive for Trump. But I know nothing about the poll."
"The Donald" is so alarmed by the way America is being run he says he's more serious than ever about possibly running for president.
"I've had so many people over the years ask me to do that," he told the cable network. "And for the first time in my life, I am absolutely thinking about it.
"I don't know that I'll do it," he added. "It's probable that I won't do it. But I can tell you, I’m thinking about it. Somebody has to do something. We are losing this country.
"This country will not be great," he said, "if something isn't done rapidly."
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