- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Big business and big politics meet: Donald Trump has formed an exploratory committee for a presidential campaign, and has done so with typical big city flair.

“I have a great love for our country, but it is a country that is in serious trouble. We have lost the respect of the entire world. Americans deserve better than what they get from their politicians – who are all talk and no action! I have built a great company, created thousands of jobs and built a tremendous net worth with some of the finest and most prestigious assets in the world – and very little debt! All Americans deserve the same opportunity,” Mr. Trump said in a a statement released Wednesday.

“Our real unemployment rate is staggering while our manufacturing base is eroding on a daily basis. We must rebuild our infrastructure, control our borders, support local control of education, greatly strengthen our military, care for our veterans and put Americans back to work! We must stop other countries from totally taking advantage of our representatives who are being out-negotiated at every turn. I am the only one who can make America truly great again!” the billionaire proclaimed.

The news was first reported by the New Hampshire Union Leader; Mr. Trump is due to make several appearances in the Granite State on Thursday. He’ll meet with local veterans and business leaders, and highlight a reception in the home of Rep. Steve Stepanek, a Republican from Amherst.

And no more “you’re fired” moments for the time being. The candidate-in-waiting is not renewing his contract with NBC’s primetime reality show “The Apprentice,” the Union Leader reported. Mr. Trump has also hired staff in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, as well as his home base in New York.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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