Last we heard from Donald Trump he was embroiled in battle with a "malicious" Florida airport, but it appears he's now set his sights on a loftier goal: considering a 2016 POTUS run, the AP reports. Trump, who has hinted at running in the past, announced today that he'll be launching a presidential exploratory committee, contending in a statement that "I am the only one who can make America truly great again." He says he's already recruited political aides in Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire (where he's set to make the rounds later this week) and has an advisory team set up in New York, the New Hampshire Union Leader notes. The Donald has even reportedly turned down another season of NBC's The Apprentice: "Nobody in the history of television has turned down a renewal," Trump's senior political adviser tells the Union Leader.
Trump's priorities if he were to assume the US helm, per his statement: improving border security, boosting the economy, powering up the military, and rebuilding US infrastructure. "I have a great love for our country, but it is a country that is in serious trouble," he says. "Americans deserve better than what they get from their politicians—who are all talk and no action!" As the Washington Post notes, Trump will have to overcome certain perception hurdles, such as his constant Twitter fights with other luminaries and his continued insistence that President Obama prove he was born in the US (he brought it up again at last month's CPAC, per the Post). Trump retweeted messages of support today, including one fan who posted, "@realDonaldTrump the thought of you becoming president of the United States is the only thing that gives me hope for this country's future." (If he does run, will it be as an independent, a Republican, or … something else?)