Donald Trump announced he’s running for president Tuesday, telling an audience in New York he will make America great once again while being “the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”
“I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again,” Trump said in a fiery speech.
The real estate mogul and reality TV star eviscerated President Obama throughout his remarks, attacking him on failing to lead on Chinese currency manipulation, foreign affairs, the economy and the “the big lie” of Obamacare.
“I’m really rich,” Trump added, saying he’s using his own money to bankroll his campaign as opposed to the “400” other Republicans running for the nomination who will lean on donors and lobbyists to fund them.
Trump also addressed criticisms often thrown his way, including a reporter who said, “Mr. Trump, you’re not a nice person, how can you get people to vote for you?”
“People are tired of these nice people,” Trump said, adding Americans are sick of being ripped off by countries across the world. He said he is a nice person, but this election will be about competence.
He also took on pundits who say he wouldn’t run because he doesn’t want to reveal how much he’s truly worth.
“I’ve employed tens of thousands of people over my lifetime,” Trump said, foreshadowing that he’ll be providing financial information that will show his net worth is close to $9 billion.
“Sadly the American dream is dead, but if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger, better and stronger than ever before.”