The Washington Times - May 30, 2013, 09:26AM

Donald Trump is a gifted media master; he knows when to cut to the chase and deliver a sound bite that resonates with an American public seeking some convincing political talk - or at least a little drama.

Journalists fluttered around the billionaire earlier this week after rumors surfaced he’d dropped $1 million investigating a possible run for the White House.

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“The story got out and I guess a lot of people are asking me. People in this country are just desperate for leadership. So whether it’s me - or frankly, let it be somebody - but somebody has to come along and straighten out this country or we’re in trouble,” Mr. Trump told Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto.

“I would be really thrilled if President Obama was a great president and if he did a great job. I would be thrilled by that, because before I’m a Republican, I can tell you, I’m an American. I want this country to be great again and it’s not going to be great again,” Mr. Trump declared.

The press still puzzles about his true intentions. There is always perpetual Trump buzz where a presidential election is concerned.

“The electoral research was commissioned. We did not spend $1 million on this research for it just to sit on my bookshelf,” Michael Cohen - a Trump adviser and special counsel - told The New York Post recently.

“At this point Mr. Trump has not made any decision on a political run, but what I would say is that he is exactly what this country needs. The turnout at these political speeches indicates his following remains very strong and is growing,” Mr. Cohen noted.