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Don't count Donald Trump out of the race to the White House just yet.
Though the business mogul and celebrity announced in May that he would not be entering the 2012 presidential race, Trump revealed on Wednesday that he's again considering the country's top office.
He's not happy with the current field of GOP contenders, he told Fox News.
"If I'm not happy with what I see I could very easily change my mind," Trump said. "If I don't see things going better I can very easily change my mind."
Trump made his comments just a day after meeting with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin in New York. The Big Apple was one of her stops on her mysterious "One Nation" bus tour that began on Sunday.
Palin has yet to make clear the purpose of her tour and has neither revealed future bus stops. According to Trump, Palin is simply expressing her love for the country and "wants to point out some of the great things in the country," he told Fox news.
He asked her point blank is she was going to run for president and Trump said he doesn’t' believe she has made up her mind.
While Palin continues to ponder her bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Trump apparently is doing the same thing.
He insisted to Fox that he doesn’t even want to run and that he is enjoying his life. But, "so far, I'm just not seeing what this country needs. I don't see the kind of toughness that this country needs. ... I'm also not seeing a person that's going to get elected," he said.
The 2012 election, he said, is "going to be the most important election that this country has ever had other than perhaps George Washington and Abraham Lincoln."
"We're going off a very very steep slope and something has to be done very quickly."
Trump originally decided against running for president as he extended his contract with NBC for the reality show "The Apprentice." But he said Wednesday that in 11 months, he'll be "totally free" to do whatever he wants – such as join the presidential race.
"I want to see a Republican get in that can beat Obama. We can't have another four years of Obama," he said.
But with none of the GOP candidates so far exciting Trump, the celebrity said he may even consider running as an independent.
Before his announcement in May to not join the race, Trump had reached out to Christians. He expressed his views against gay marriage and abortion and described his faith, calling himself a "Sunday church person," in an interview with CBN's David Brody. He also met with televangelist and popular speaker Paula White, who heads a large church in Tampa, Fla., and several other Christian leaders last month in New York.
Though some Christians were hardly convinced of Trump being able to lead the country – especially after his persistence on the birth issue of President Obama – others softened up to him, including evangelist Franklin Graham and Family Research Council's Tony Perkins.
With the GOP field as broad as it is now, Trump is seeing another opportunity to try his hand at running for president.
Along with Palin and Trump, others who have not yet announced their candidacy include former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman.
Trump is scheduled to speak at the Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing in Washington, D.C., this weekend, along with several other GOP presidential candidates and hopefuls.