Donald Trump: I won’t run for president

Posted: May 16, 2011 in Washington Politics

Michael A. Memoli and Scott Collins
Los Angeles Times
May 16, 2011

Reporting from Washington and New York — Donald Trump, whose public flirtation with a presidential run has overshadowed the early stages of the Republican primary race, announced Monday that he will not be a candidate in 2012.

Speaking at an event to announce NBC’s fall network lineup in New York, Trump said he would continue hosting his reality show, “Celebrity Apprentice.”

“I will not be running for president, as much as I’d like to,” he said.

In a statement, Trump said the decision “does not come easily or without a regret,” and said that he believes that had he run, he could have won.

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