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Trump on Presidency: 'I’ll Think About It'

By Ronald Kessler   |   Thursday, 07 Oct 2010 04:10 PM

The United States is no longer a respected nation, Donald Trump tells Newsmax.

In an interview from Scotland, where he is building a golf course, Trump expanded on his comments to Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” about why he is thinking of running for president.

The “world is laughing at us,” the multibillionaire real-estate developer and host of NBC’s “The Apprentice” said. The United States is now “a punching bag for the world.”

It is “sad what’s happened to the country,” Trump continued. “We’re no longer a respected nation, and we should be the most respected.”

While the decline started before President Barack Obama took office, “certainly it’s not been any better” since he became president, Trump said.

Trump added, “You know, we were the world’s most respected nation . . . [Now] we’re a one-sided trick. We give, we keep giving, but nothing comes back to us. And it’s a very sad situation.”

As noted in the Newsmax story "The Real Story on Donald Trump," while Trump’s role on “The Apprentice” requires him to fire people, behind the scenes it is a different story.

While talk of his running for president became news when a poll in the early primary state of New Hampshire asked for views on Trump as a presidential candidate, “a lot of people have been asking me to do it,” he said. Lately, that talk has increased “because the country’s never been in a position like it’s” now in, Trump said.

Time magazine political analyst Mark Halperin first reported on the poll questions. Trump said he knows nothing about the poll except that the results were positive about him as a candidate.

The United States, Trump said, is being “ripped off” by OPEC, the consortium of oil-producing, mainly Arab countries. He has also pointed to robust development in China and contrasted that with the stalled U.S. economy.

“You know, the Reform Party in the 1990s . . . wanted me to do it [run], and I had no interest in doing that with them,” Trump said. “I’m a registered Republican . . . [Time magazine] asked me if I want to do it, and I said, you know, I’ll think about it.”

Trump said that “somebody has to do something, because this country is really going down very fast, and it’s very, very sad to see it.” But, he added, that “can change rapidly. It can change overnight.”

Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via e-mail. Go here now.

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