Bil Browning

Trump Won't Birth Presidential Campaign

Filed By Bil Browning | May 16, 2011 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Donald Trump, presidential campaign, presidential election 2012

America's favorite showman since P.T. Barnum finally made 245px-Donald_Trump_by_Gage_Skidmore.jpgthe announcement today that he won't be running for President.

"After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the presidency," Trump said in a statement.

With his typical bravado, Trump maintained that he would have won the Republican primary and the general election, but recognized that "running for public office cannot be done half-heartedly."

"Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector," Trump said in the statement."

Was it the White House Correspondents Dinner that dampened Trump's presidential ambitions? Did Obama's release of his birth certificate put the kibosh on it? Or maybe, just maybe, it's that he met with NBC executives today about whether or not they were going to return his hit reality show. No, surely not that.

Trump's full release is after the jump.

"After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.

I want to personally thank the millions of Americans who have joined the various Trump grassroots movements and written me letters and e-mails encouraging me to run. My gratitude for your faith and trust in me could never be expressed properly in words. So, I make you this promise: that I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician's thoughts. My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country. I will continue to push our President and the country's policy makers to address the dire challenges arising from our unsustainable debt structure and increasing lack of global competitiveness. Issues, including getting tough on China and other countries that are methodically and systematically taking advantage of the United States, were seldom mentioned before I brought them to the forefront of the country's conversation. They are now being debated vigorously. I will also continue to push for job creation, an initiative that should be this country's top priority and something that I know a lot about. I will not shy away from expressing the opinions that so many of you share yet don't have a medium through which to articulate.

I look forward to supporting the candidate who is the most qualified to help us tackle our country's most important issues and am hopeful that, when this person emerges, he or she will have the courage to take on the challenges of the Office and be the agent of change that this country so desperately needs."

Thank you and God Bless America!

Donald J. Trump


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He was probably told that he would have to produce a certificate of hair authenticity.

Rick Sutton | May 16, 2011 4:46 PM

Let's get real: he is a clown. In business, he's always, always used OPM. He's a showman and a promoter. He goes through wives like some folks go through cars. His ego is bigger than Texas.

I don't see one redeeming quality in his life that qualifies him to be president. In terms of his businesses--several have failed--some miserably--and he runs rough-shod over folks. he is NOT and never HAS BEEN a consensus-builder. he's a business bully.

A 2011 male version of Leona Helmsley. Without her money.

Only the little people pay taxes. And vote.

actually, i think what really got trump scared wasn't what nbc said on monday.

instead, it was what nbc said on sunday that i think really scared him:

"Celebrity Apprentice" will stay on the NBC prime-time schedule even if Donald Trump hits the presidential campaign trail, the network's entertainment chairman said Sunday.

The show's "big success" is "due in part" to Trump, Bob Greenblatt said, but he predicts it can go on without him.

"If he decides to run for president and is unavailable to do the show, we will bring the show back and there will be somebody else sitting at the head of the boardroom table," NBC's Bob Greenblatt said. "Who that is, we're not even going to really entertain because I'm still hoping we will have Donald in the seat."

i forgot to add: the correspondent's dinner really did seem to break trump's spirit, and the image of him, stone-faced, rocking back and forth while getting slammed would have been even more omnipresent if he hadn't dropped out now.

of course, it's also possible that he knew that once he announced that the clock would start on financial disclosure, and i'm guessing he didn't want any part of that, either.