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Monday 20 November 2017

Trump sets sights on White House run

Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and TV personality who has often flirted with running for public office, has said that he will form a committee to explore a presidential candidacy.

The announcement, first reported by the New Hampshire Union Leader, is the most concrete evidence that Trump is seriously considering a bid for 2016. He has also hired staff in the key nominating states of Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire.

"Americans deserve better than what they get from their politicians, who are all talk and no action," Trump said.

The conservative businessman, who has been highly critical of President Barack Obama, touted his experience in real estate and said that the US needs to rebuild infrastructure, control borders, create jobs, and strengthen national defence, saying: "I am the only one who can make America truly great again".

Trump has also said he will not renew his contract with NBC, where his show The Apprentice aired, it was reported. He is planning to head to New Hampshire, site of America's first nominating primary, on Thursday. In February, at his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump insisted he was seriously considering a run.

He also slammed rival Jeb Bush for his stance on education and immigration, saying, "I don't see him winning."

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