Donald Trump Says He Still Might Run for President

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The "Celebrity Apprentice" star says he "can't rule out anything" in terms of a possible late entry if none of the Republican candidates is to his liking.

Donald Trump for president, again?

A week after announcing at the NBC upfront that he wasn't running, the Celebrity Apprentice star told Fox & Friends on Monday that he isn't ruling out the possibility of a possible late-entry bid.

"I would not rule it out," he said. "I said I wouldn't do it. I said I probably, you know, in so many different respects, I see what's going on. I can't rule out anything. The country is so important. It's so vital that we choose the right person, and at this moment, I don't see that person."

Pressed about whether that means he might throw his hat in the race even six months down the road, Trump replied: "Well I'm not going to rule anything out. That I can tell you."

As for why he announced his decision not to run last week, Trump said it had nothing to do with criticism over his attacks on President Obama.

"I've been attacked all my life. ... But you know, you give up so much when you do this, and I'm not just talking about a top television show -- and this is a top show -- you give up so much when you do this," he said. "And it was just a decision I made. And who knows, stranger things have happened. I look at these Republican candidates, and I'm saying, what's going on? This country cannot afford to lose this election."

Over the past few months, Trump has been criticized by many in Hollywood -- including Jerry Seinfeld, Robert De Niro and Whoopi Goldberg -- for his attacks on Obama, including questioning the president's birth certificate and challenging whether his grades were good enough for admission into Ivy League schools.

The finale of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice aired Sunday night, with Trump picking John Rich as the winner.