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Real estate mogul Donald Trump said in a recent interview that he may be considering a 2016 presidential bid, adding that he would run for the political office to undo some of the policies enacted by President Barack Obama.
"It is something I would certainly look at. You know why? I'm unhappy with the way things are going in America," Trump told Reuters in a telephone interview on Tuesday. The real estate mogul, who also hosts the reality television show "Celebrity Apprentice," went on to tell the publication that he is dissatisfied with the Affordable Care Act and Obama's handling of the economy.
"No one has any idea what's happening at the top. America is not headed in the right direction, and that worries me," he said. "I want to talk about what needs to be done."
Trump has previously entertained the idea of holding a political office. The business magnate had mentioned the possibility of running for the 2012 Republican nomination, but pulled out ahead of the primaries. He has also suggested he may run for governor of New York against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo this year.
Trump's comments were made ahead of the "Politics & Eggs" forum at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., an event which usually headlines possible presidential candidates. The billionaire public figure has previously been critical of President Obama, demanding in 2011 that the White House release the president's birth certificate to the public to prove he was born in the U.S. The White House eventually released the long-form certificate proving the president was born in Hawaii.
The real estate mogul also said in December 2013 that the 2016 presidential elections will certainly be a "close race," and the end result could be an unknown politician being elected to the top office in the U.S. Trump pointed to Obama's victory in 2008, when he was a little-known senator from Illinois.
"Nobody heard a number of years ago – six years ago – of Barack Obama. Nobody even knew who he was and Hillary [Clinton] was supposed to get it. All of a sudden he came along and he won," Trump said.