Billionaire television personality and business executive Donald Trump formally began his Republican presidential campaign on Tuesday in Manhattan, saying that the United States has become “a dumping ground for other people’s problems.”
“Our country needs a truly great leader, and we need a truly great leader now,” said Trump. “We need somebody who can take the brand of the United States and make it great again.
“So ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States,” Trump told a crowd gathered at Trump Tower, one of his trophy properties. He promised “to bring back our jobs, to bring back our manufacturing,” and to be “a great cheerleader.”
“I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created,” he said.”I’ll bring back our jobs and I’ll bring back our money.”
Trump said he has assets of $9.2 billion and a net worth of more than $8.7 billion (somewhat less than an estimate he earlier gave Bloomberg), and that he will file the personal financial disclosures required of presidential candidates “on time” with no requests for extensions, which means one month from Tuesday.
“Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories any more,” Trump said. “When did we beat Japan at anything?”he asked, citing auto sales but apparently forgetting World War II. At another point, he added: “We’re dying. We need money.”
In 2014, after months of hinting that he would seek the Republican Party’s nomination for governor of New York, Trump announced he was dropping out of the GOP primary contest. In making the announcement, he said: “I have much bigger plans in mind.”