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By    |   Thursday, 09 Apr 2015 10:25 AM

A testy Donald Trump welcomed a few members of the political press corps aboard his private jet in Iowa, where he asked them not to damage the interior and talked broadly about a future presidential run, USA Today reported.

The wealthy development entrepreneur is pondering entering a White House race, and has hired a small cadre of political operatives to explore his chances, including in Iowa, where he has been making speeches and connections in the nation's first presidential caucus state.

"I do well in polls and nobody thinks I'm running," Trump told reporters after first asking them to be careful amid the jet's posh furnishings.

He had a small claim to brag about, coming in sixth among Republicans in a poll of 10 GOP presidential candidates, USA Today said.

"We may very well surprise a lot of people," he said, offering the sort of non-committal optimism that has surrounded him as he makes up his mind about a possible run.

He has hired three advisers in Iowa along with his top Iowa operative Chuck Laudner, who was responsible for helping Rick Santorum pull out a surprise Iowa victory in 2012.

"Well, I'm looking at it very, very seriously," Trump said about his running for president, USA Today reported. "Our country's in trouble. … Politicians are all talk, no action. I'm tired of watching them."

He cited three key issues, USA Today noted: ending nuclear proliferation, replacing Obamacare with a better healthcare program, and increasing support for the military.

Trump spoke at Simpson College on Wednesday, where he disappointed some students who wanted him to talk more about his plans for education than about business, the Des Moines Register said.

Some expressed concern about his substance in answering questions. One called him a "one-trick pony," the Register reported.

Kedron Bardwell, who heads Simpson's political science department, doesn't think Trump has the ability to win a presidential nomination but says his wealth could be a game-changer for other Republican candidates, Des Moines TV station KCCI said.

"I think the problem for all those candidates is Trump takes attention, and if he can buy a spot at the straw poll and can pay for a lot of volunteers, he can wind up pushing people further back into the second tier than they otherwise would have been," Bardwell told KCCI. 

"And if that happens, we know from past experience their campaign is over."

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