It’s official: Donald Trump is running for president.
After countless teases on social media, the real estate mogul announced his bid Tuesday morning. He has talked about running for the Oval Office for years, and he finally broke the news from Trump Tower in New York City.
His final tease came Tuesday when he tweeted out his “major” announcement using his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” His daughter, Ivanka Trump, introduced him.
“My father is the opposite of politically correct,” she said. “He says what he means and means what he says.”
Donald took the stage and explained, “We don’t have victories anymore.” He cited trading failures with China and Japan, saying you don’t see a Chevrolet in Tokyo, while Japan sends “their cars over by the millions.”
“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems,” he added. “It’s true, and these are the best and finest.”
The Celebrity Apprentice star also talked about unemployment in America, telling the crowd that the “real” rate is anywhere between “18 percent and 20 percent.”
“They can’t get jobs because there are no jobs,” he said. “China has our jobs. Mexico has our jobs.” He also attacked Obamacare, which he referred to as “the disaster called the big lie.” He explained that it really kicks into gear in 2016, when President Barack Obama will be “playing golf.”
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“He might be out on one of my courses,” he joked, adding that he would invite him personally. “I’d love him to leave early and play.”
The new political candidate made it clear that jobs will be a main priority for him should he get the job, telling the crowd, “I’ll be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”
Many believed he would run in the upcoming election after announcing that he formed a presidential exploratory committee in March to determine whether or not he should actually run. His decision stemmed from believing the U.S. is in terrible shape.
“I have a great love for our country, but it is a country that is in serious trouble. We have lost the respect of the entire world. Americans deserve better than what they get from their politicians — who are all talk and no action!” he says in a press release. “I have built a great company, created thousands of jobs and built a tremendous net worth with some of the finest and most prestigious assets in the world — and very little debt! All Americans deserve the same opportunity.”
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Trump’s political opinions have never been a secret, as he always has been very vocal about his beliefs. When there was an attack on Charlie Hebdo in France, Trump offered his condolences and prayers to everyone affected but also took it as an opportunity to share some controversial opinions on Twitter.
“If the people so violently shot down in Paris had guns, at least they would have had a fighting chance,” he wrote. “Isn’t it interesting that the tragedy in Paris took place in one of the toughest gun control countries in the world?”
“Remember,” he wrote, “when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns!”
He also took credit for starting the “birther” movement, which prompted Obama to release his birth certificate, although he remains unconvinced of POTUS’ citizenship.
Trump won’t be afraid to go after his competitors either. Jeb Bush, who announced his intention to run Monday, will probably be one of his main targets. Trump said earlier this year in Iowa: “The last thing we need is another Bush.”
He also criticized his competitors in his announcement, mocking them for their speech’s imagery. “I watched the speeches of these people and they say, ‘The sun will rise, the moon will set, all sorts of wonderful things will happen,’ and people are saying, ‘What’s going on? I just want a job. Just get me a job. I don’t need the rhetoric.'”
But according to the reality TV star, “They can’t get jobs because there are no jobs.” As one of the worlds wealthiest people, Trump didn’t pretend to hide his success. He said of his campaign, “I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich.”
The lengthy speech culminated in his announcement: “I’m officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again.”