Real estate billionaire Donald Trump is running for the White House, promising to be the “greatest jobs president that God ever created”.
Trump launched his candidacy Tuesday in his eponymous headquarters in Manhattan, making him the latest player in a crowded Republican field for the 2016 presidential election.
Eleven others have declared their candidacies and four are weighing their options.
Few expect Trump to win the party nomination, according to Reuters which cites recent surveys showing former Florida governor Jeb Bush is leading the pack.
Trump, 69, who owns several hotels and hosts the reality show The Celebrity Apprentice on NBC, is no stranger to presidential flirtations.
He has toyed with the idea in the past only to decide against it. In 2012, he led efforts to discredit Barack Obama by questioning his birth certificate.
Trump vowed to “make America great again” and lost no time wading into controversy, lambasting Mexican immigrants, Bush and US ally Saudi Arabia.
He accused Mexico of sending rapists and other criminals to live in the United States.
“They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some I assume are good people, but I speak to border guards and they tell us what we are getting,” Reuters quoted him as saying
He attacked Bush for his stance on education and accused him of being weak on immigration and ripped into China for “stealing our jobs”.
And Saudi Arabia? “Without us, they’re gone,” he said.
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