Donald Trump announced that he will be seeking the Republican nomination for President in 2016 from Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday, using the campaign slogan ‘Make America Great Again’ as a vow of what he could do as President.
“Our country needs a truly great leader, and we need a truly great leader now. Ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again.”
Donald Trump’s speech that announced his bid focused on his signature issues like currency manipulation from China and job creation.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2015
There were also a fair share of remarks made about incumbent Barack Obama and the competitors on the Republican ticket that Trump faces.
Donald Trump was not shy about flaunting his success or financial influence, and said Tuesday that he owns a “Gucci store that’s worth more than Romney.”
Donald Trump also said that he would be the “most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far,” and backed that number up by revealing documents that show his net worth the same day his presidential bid was announced.
According to the Washington Post, Donald Trump’s net worth is nearly $9 billion.
“I don’t need anybody’s money. I’m using my own money… I’m really rich,” he told supporters present at his announcement.
Earlier in 2015, Donald Trump said “the last thing we need is another Bush,” during a speech in Iowa in reference to Jeb Bush.
Bush announced his bid within 24 hours before Donald Trump joined the race.
Where Donald Trump pointed out shortcomings by the United States government, he offered solutions relative to his experiences and successes.
“Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories any more… When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time. All the time.”
Overhauling Obamacare and building up borders around the United States were also plans that Trump revealed, should he be elected.
Donald Trump has talked of running for president for decades, and came very close to running in 2012, but has not taken any official action until now. In January, he said “I can do the job” in reference to the presidency.
There are now a dozen major candidates for the Republican nomination, and though Donald Trump comes in with influence, he has never held public office.
Iowa is expected to see Donald Trump later in the same day his announcement was made, and New Hampshire and South Carolina will be campaign stops later in June.
The campaign headquarters for Donald Trump will be located in New York City.
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