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Trump: I'd Be a Better President Than Obama

Monday, 05 Aug 2013 11:52 PM

By Greg Richter

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Billionaire businessman Donald Trump is heading to Iowa this week, sparking speculation he's thinking of running for president in 2016.

Appearing on Fox News Channel's "On the Record" Monday, Trump said the trip to Iowa is an event put on by the conservative Christian group Family Leader, and he was asked by its founder Bob Vander Plaats to attend.

"A lot of people are reading a lot of things into that," Trump told host Greta Van Susteren.

Still, he wouldn't rule out a possible bid for president.

"I have an interest in the country, and the country's doing poorly," Trump said. Some of the troubles the country is going through are masked by a stock market that is doing well, he said, but he noted that real unemployment is stuck at 15 percent.

Trump toyed with the idea of running in 2012, but eventually backed out of a crowded field. He also would have lost out on his TV gig, "The Apprentice" because other candidates could have demanded equal time.

Trump said if he had been elected he would be doing a better job than Barack Obama is doing. He said he would put people back to work and stop foreign countries from making all of America's goods.

China, to whom the U.S. owes a huge percentage of its $17 trillion debt, manipulates its currency and makes inferior goods, he said.

"We have to get foreign countries to stop outsmarting our politicians," he said.

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