Donald Trump said Thursday he’s getting “more serious” about running for president and slammed Barack Obama for turning the U.S. into a “whipping post” economically.
“You see what can be done with proper leadership,” Trump said, according to published reports. “We in this country, we don’t have, unfortunately, that leadership.”
The billionaire “Apprentice” host, who said he’d announce in June whether he’ll run in 2012, spoke during a news conference in midtown announcing a real estate venture with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.
“We’re being very, very badly decimated by other countries taking advantage of us,” said Trump. “We could be great again, but right now, this country is doing very, very poorly.”
The Donald, 64, has said he’d run as a Republican, although many have been speculating that his interest in the Oval Office is merely another grab for publicity.
Saakashvili on Thursday joked that if Trump campaigned for president in Georgia, “he might win.”
According to a recent poll, Saakashvili might be right about his chances in the U.S.
A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll last week had Trump with a higher approval rating (26 percent) when compared to two other potential GOP candidates, Mitt Romney (25 percent) and Tim Pawlenty (10 percent).