Thursday 17 August 2017

Trump's eager to take on Obama

Alex Spillius in Washington

Donald Trump, the property developer and potential presidential candidate, has said that Republicans should support him over Mitt Romney, the establishment front-runner, because he is vastly richer.

He referred to Mr Romney, a successful former venture capitalist who spent $50m (€35m) of his own money on his failed 2008 campaign for the Republican nomination, as a "small business guy". "My worth is many, many, many times Mitt Romney," Mr Trump said.

Announcement

"I've built a great company. If and when I announce, some time prior to June, you will see how big my company is," said Mr Trump, whose personal wealth has been estimated at $2.7bn (€1.9bn) by 'Forbes' magazine.

Well known to Americans as the loud-mouthed, big-haired host of the reality television show 'The Apprentice', the 64-year-old magnate appears intent on standing for the 2012 nomination.

Mr Trump has placed first or joint first in two polls of Republican primary voters, beating Mr Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, and Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas. Karl Rove, the former George W Bush adviser, has led the chorus of derision from senior Republicans, calling Mr Trump a "joke candidate".

The Club for Growth recalled that, in 2000, Mr Trump had "advocated for massive tax increases that display a stunning lack of knowledge of how to create jobs".

Chris Chocola, the club's president, said: "This is a publicity stunt (that) will sputter and disappear just as quickly as 'The Apprentice' is losing viewers." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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