Trump says will not run for US President in 2012

May 16, 2011 21:23

BOSTON - Billionaire real estate magnate and television personality Donald Trump said on Monday that he will not run for the White House in 2012, thinning the field of potential Republican candidates.

The host of NBC-TV's "Celebrity Apprentice" said his decision followed "considerable deliberation and reflection" after weeks of an unofficial campaign.

"I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election," Trump said in a statement, adding that he is "not ready to leave the private sector."

Trump is one of a number of prominent Republicans who have been mulling a run for their party's nomination to run against US President Barack Obama, a Democrat, who is seeking a second term.

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