- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 9, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Billionaire developer Donald Trump denies he is using talk about a run for the U.S. president to generate publicity for his television show.

Trump, a Republican, told NY1 News that he plans to decide by June on whether to join the 2012 race.

In an interview broadcast Tuesday, Trump said that the “biggest negative” is that most people don’t think he’s serious about making a run for the job. But he said he doesn’t need publicity for his television show, “The Celebrity Apprentice.” He said the show got solid ratings for Sunday’s episode.

One of Trump’s top associates landed in Iowa on Monday for a series of meetings with key Republicans. Caucuses in Iowa typically launch the presidential nominating season.

Trump says his representative was “swamped” when he went to Iowa.

(This version CORRECTS that Trump show airing now is “The Celebrity Apprentice.”)


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