In the wake of Tuesday's sweeping Republican electoral victories, businessman Donald Trump told Newsmax TV
on Wednesday that he will take a "very serious look" at whether to run for president in 2016.
"I'm looking," Trump, who made appearances on the Republican presidential primary trail in 2012 but never joined the race, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner.
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"I mean, I am going to look and I'm going to study and I'm going to see who's running and I'm going to see what's going to happen on the other side," said Trump.
"The country is doing horribly," he said. "We're being scoffed at from all over, from every angle, and you look at what's going on militarily and every other way. So, I'm going to take a very serious look and then I'll see what happens."
With characteristic bravado, Trump assured Berliner that whatever happens, "it's going to be interesting" and "you'll be watching."
Trump on Monday predicted "a very big Republican victory," and proved to be right on Tuesday in a "tremendous" midterm election
that delivered the Senate to Republicans, increased their House majority, and saw the party hold onto or take over governorships in several states — red and blue.
"It was an amazing event for Republicans," said Trump, noting that he did campaign robocalls for successful GOP candidates including Georgia businessman David Perdue — "a terrific guy," Trump said — who won a Senate seat over Democrat Michelle Nunn.
Trump said he also went head-to-head on endorsements with former President Bill Clinton in New York state, and came out on top in a Long Island congressional race in which Republican state Sen. Lee Zeldin unseated Democrat Rep. Tim Bishop.
"When I did the robo [for Zeldin], he was down five and a half points or six points, and after the robo he was up and he won the election," said Trump. "So, we're really happy about that."
Trump, who made other endorsements, said the candidates he backed — and will continue to back — are "people that have the country and the best interest of the country in mind" and "people that want to make this country great again."
He said he is happy with the results of Tuesday's elections, not just personally but for the country.
"And in all fairness, now the Republicans have to really get going and get to work and turn the country around," he said. "It's so important."
Trump said the economy would be the first order of business for the new, Republican-controlled Congress.
"It's going to be about the economy," he said. "It's going to be about jobs, and it's going to be about Obamacare."
He emphasized the need "to do something" with the Affordable Care Act, the president's signature healthcare legislation — "ideally, repeal and replace [it] with something that really works and that's good and that's affordable . . . and actually gives you better insurance, as opposed to what you have right now, which is terrible."
"It's expensive," he said of health insurance in the Obamacare era, "and the deductible is so high that most of the time it doesn't even pertain to people. So, Obamacare, in my opinion, has to be repealed and replaced."
Trump sounded confident that Republicans are up to the work that will be required of them.
"The Republicans know just what they're doing," he said, "and they have a great opportunity right now, and they'll have to negotiate with the president — who's sitting there now all by himself, and he's under a lot of pressure to make deals."
Trump said he's enjoying himself these days, "but I want to see the country shape up, and we have such tremendous potential. We're missing one ingredient, and that's proper leadership."
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