Donald Trump Still Considering Presidential Run
"America is missing quality leadership; I am well acquainted with winning," the "Apprentice" star says.
The Apprentice star Donald Trump hasn't ruled out the idea of running for president.
The real estate mogul, who has reportedly been telling friends and advisers he is considering a presidential bid for 2012, made a surprise appearance at the Conservative Action Political Conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, alongside other potential candidates.
He told the roughly 10,000 attendees that he has not yet decided whether to seek the Republication nomination for president. He also had strong words about the state of the country.
"This country is in serious trouble," Trump said, according to the Los Angeles Times. He added that the U.S. "is becoming the laughingstock of the world."
He also made a case for himself as president, highlighting his background as a businessman and entrepreneur.
"America is missing quality leadership," he said. "I am well acquainted with winning. ... We need a competitive person. We need a highly competent person or we're going to have serious trouble very quickly."
Trump -- who exited the stage to the Apprentice theme song, the O'Jays' "For the Love of Money" -- said he would make a decision about running for president by June.
The next edition of Trump's Celebrity Apprentice -- whose cast will include Meatloaf, David Cassidy and Latoya Jackson -- debuts March 6 on NBC.