Real estate mogul and TV reality star Donald Trump ended more than two decades of flirtation with the idea of running for the Oval Office and launched his presidential campaign Tuesday.
“So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again,” Trump told the crowd at the lavish Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York.
“I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created,” he said, laying out a vision to match his incoming campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again”
The billionaire will self-fund his presidential campaign, which will allow him to rid himself of the special interests, that he says control American politics, and give him more free-time to campaign, as candidates usually spend about half their time raising funds.
“I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors. I don’t care,” he said. “I’m really rich. It sounds crass. Somebody said, ‘Oh, that’s crass.’ It’s not crass. We got $18 trillion in debt. We got nothing but problems.”
Trump hit on signature issues like infrastructure and job creation.
“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively,” he said. “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
He also laid out a blueprint for his foreign policy.
“Nobody would be tougher on ISIS than Trump, nobody” he said, referring to himself in the third person. “Within our military, I will find the General Patton or I will find General MacArthur, I will find the right guy. I will find the guy that’s going to take that military and make it really work. Nobody, nobody will be pushing us around.”
“I will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, and we won’t be using a man like Secretary Kerry that has absolutely no concept of negotiation, who’s making a horrible and laughable deal, who’s just being tapped along as they make weapons right now, and then goes into a bicycle race at 72 years old, and falls and breaks his leg. I won’t be doing that. And I promise I will never be in a bicycle race. That I can tell you.”
He also took shots at President Obama and his competitors on the Republican side.
“I will immediately terminate President Obama’s illegal executive order on immigration, immediately,” he exclaimed, “Fully support and back up the Second Amendment.”
“I’m the one that made all of the right predictions about Iraq. All of these politicians that I’m running against now—they’re trying to disassociate. I mean, you looked at [Jeb] Bush, it took him five days to answer the question on Iraq. Then I looked at Rubio. He was unable to answer the question, is Iraq a good thing or bad thing? He didn’t know. He couldn’t answer the question,” he said. “How are these people gonna lead us? How are we gonna— how are we gonna go back and make [America] great again? We can’t,” he continued. “They don’t have a clue. They can’t lead us. They can’t. They can’t even answer simple questions. It was terrible.”
He unabashedly flaunted his whopping $8.7 billion net worth and success in business as a centerpiece of his presidential platform.
“That’s the kind of thinking our country needs,” Trump said after reading off his net worth.
Trump has already billed himself as the “most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far,” pointing out even that he owns a “Gucci store that’s worth more than Romney.”
“Sadly the American dream is dead,” he said in conclusion. “But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before.”
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