Donald Trump announces 2016 White House bid
Published 16/06/2015 | 17:20
Billionaire Donald Trump has announced he will run for the White House in the 2016 election.
Real estate mogul and TV personality has never formally run for president before, but has often talked about it.
"I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created," Mr Trump said in a launch speech at his Trump Tower skyscraper in Manhattan.
"I am officially running for president of the United States and we are going to make our country great again," he told supporters.
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"Our country is in serious trouble. We don't have victories anymore.
"When was the last time anyone saw us beating, let's say, China in a trade deal?
"They kill us. I beat China all the time."
Mr Trump said his fortune would allow him to be an effective president.
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The 69-yeaar-old, who owns several hotels and hosts the reality show "The Celebrity Apprentice" on NBC, has toyed with running in past elections but decided against doing so.
Before he run for president however, the outspoken billionaire will first need to secure the nomination of the Republican party, unless he plans to run as a third party candidate.
Eleven Republicans have announced they are running for next November's election, the latest being former Florida Governor Jeb Bush who launched his candidacy on Monday.