Trump Will Not Seek Presidential Nomination
In the polls, he rose fast then fell hard. His allegations received national attention and whipped up a media storm.
But it appears that the news will now be devoid of Donald Trump’s politics. The real estate mogul and television personality announced today that he will not run for president in 2012 and instead remain a businessman.
"After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the presidency," said Trump.
Nevertheless, 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.”
His statement ends the rampant speculation that he would attempt to win the Republican nomination. Another probable candidate, Mike Huckabee, has also bowed out of the race.
Trump cites an interest in business that trumps (the pun was irresistible) any desire to enter politics: "Ultimately . . . business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector."
In his brief political dabbling, Trump famously demanded that President Barack Obama release his full birth certificate.
Obama had previously provided a shorter version that serves as the public record in Hawaii, but amid the media glare on the issue raised in part by Trump's repeated questioning of whether the so-called long version of the document existed, the president released it last month.
You can see President Obama’s birth certificate, as officially released by the White House, here:
And you can read Trump’s full statement here:
"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"