Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he will be seeking the Republican nomination for President of the United States of America.
“So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again,” the billionaire businessman and reality-TV star said when he announced his bid at the Trump Tower in New York.
Trump, 68, didn’t hesitate to remind his supporters that he’s “really rich.” “That’s the kind of thinking you need for this country. It sounds crass, but it’s not crass.”
He added that he has a total net worth of more than $8 billion and that he plans on running his campaign with his own money. (Forbes, however, lists his net worth as half that amount, $4.1 billion.)
“That’s the kind of thinking our country needs,” he continued. We have the opposite thinking. We have losers. We have people that don’t have it. We have people that are morally corrupt.”
“I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created,” he added to applause from the crowd.
Trump, who has hinted that he would run for president multiple times over the years, said in a recent interview that the theme of his campaign is “Make America Great Again.”
“The politicians – and I know all of them – they’re never going to make this country great,” he told the Des Moines Register in early June.
“I’m the most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far. Nobody’s ever been more successful than me. I’m the most successful person ever to run,” he added. “Ross Perot isn’t successful like me. [Mitt] Romney – I have a Gucci store that’s worth more than Romney.”
Trump also addressed his strategy for defeating ISIS in the interview sort of.
“I have an absolute way of defeating ISIS, and it would be decisive and quick and it would be very beautiful. Very surgical.”
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But, he added, “If I tell you right now, everyone else is going to say: ‘Wow, what a great idea.’ You’re going to have 10 candidates going to use it and they’re going to forget where it came from. Which is me.”
Though the public will certainly be seeing a lot more of the Donald now that he’s officially running for president, there’s one place where fans probably won’t find him.
In the wake of his announcement, NBC said in a statement that it will have to “re-evaluate” Trump’s role as host of Celebrity Apprentice since the network is required to give equal screen time to each presidential candidate.
There are currently no plans for Trump to appear on the upcoming eighth season, which hasn’t yet started filming, says The.