Donald Trump has officially announced his bid for the presidency of the United States.
In a press conference held at the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City by 11 am ET today, the business mogul made the big announcement as his wife Melania cheered beside him.
After being introduced by his daughter Ivanka, Trump characteristically blasted his presidential rivals as well as the state of America’s affairs both domestically and internationally. When he was done with that, he said, ‘Our country needs a truly great leader, and we need a truly great leader now. We need somebody who can take the brand of the United States and make it great again.’
‘So, ladies and gentlemen,’ he announced, ‘I am officially running for President of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again.’
Donald trump has been known for claiming over the years that he would run for president, but never followed through on his promise … a fact that has made him a favorite joke material for comedians. But with this announcement, Trump now joins 11 other Republican candidates vying to get the party’s ticket for a shot at the presidency.
Given Trump’s popularity both positively and negatively, he is surely a man to beat.
Watch the full video of the announcement below.