Trump's eager to take on Obama
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.
"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)