Real estate mogul Donald Trump has spent more than $1 million to research a possible presidential run in the 2016 election.
According to The Post, Trump’s executive vice president and special counsel Michael Cohen commissioned $1 million to examine Trump’s standing in each state and identify who he would have to win over if he ran.
“Everybody tells me, ‘Please run for president. Please run for president.’ I would be much happier if a great and competent person came along,” Trump said last week at the Oakland County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Novi, Mich. “I’d be happy if President Obama did a great job. I’m a Republican, but before anything, I love this country. I would love to see somebody come in who is going to be great.”
Trump has considered running in every presidential election since 2000. He decided not to enter the race against President Obama last year and endorsed Mitt Romney. He also offered Obama $5 million to turn over his birth records.
“The electoral research was commissioned. We did not spend $1 million on this research for it just to sit on my bookshelf,” Cohen said. “At this point Mr. Trump has not made any decision on a political run, but what I would say is that he is exactly what this country needs. The turnout at these political speeches indicates his following remains very strong and is growing.“
In a recent speech, Trump said Hillary Clinton was the obvious Democratic candidate in the upcoming election and that if Republicans “don’t pick the right person, it will be a landslide.”
When Trump repeatedly said he would run against Obama in 2012, the speculation was timed as ratings for his show “Celebrity Apprentice” were being counted by advertisers. An NBC senior executive suggested the bid was a publicity stunt.
“This is Donald being Donald,” the unidentified exec told the New York Times.