Multi-billionaire real estate investor and reality television host Donald Trump became the latest candidate to join the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential race on Tuesday, during an uncanny opening to his campaign at the lavish Trump towers in New York.
Trump did not shy away from boasting about his wealth, saying, “I’m really rich,” followed by emphasising his total net worth of $8,7 billion to a cheering audience.
“I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created,” Trump said. “Sadly the American Dream is dead, but if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before, and we will make America great again.”
The billionaire candidate was a regular guest on the conservative appealed Fox News where he spoke as a staunch critic of the Obama administration. He made no qualms about blasting President Obama during his announcement and especially made fun of Secretary of State John Kerry for breaking his leg during a Europe tour.
“I will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, and we won’t be using a man like Secretary Kerry that has absolutely no concept of negotiation, who is just being tapped along as they make weapons right now, and then goes into a bicycle race at 72 years old and falls and breaks his leg.”
Trump also raised foreign policy questions, “How are they going to beat ISIS?” he said.
“Some of the candidates, they went in, they didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work, they sweated like dogs. They didn’t know the room was too big, because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?” he made fun of the other Republican candidates insinuating they are incapable of achieving such a grave task.
Jeb Bush is the 12th candidate from the Republican Party to enter the presidential race, all competing for the party’s nomination.
Several other potential Republican candidates like Gov. Scott Walker are yet to announce their presidential bid. The final number of Republican candidates is expected to be in the 20 range.
Trump’s bid shortly followed former governor of Florida Jeb Bush, who announced he will be joining the 2016 presidential race on Monday, saying his focus will be on boosting the economy and improving opportunities for Americans.
Trump had expressed his interest for running for the oval office in recent elections but has waited for 2016 to do so.