Donald Trump announces he is not running for president

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Raise your hand if you never believed Donald Trump would run for president? We have to put our hand down now to write this. After several months of creating havoc with our electoral system and giving President Obama a reason to start smoking again, Trump has withdrawn his threat to run for president in 2012.

At the NBC Upfronts presentation Monday (May 16), Trump announced that he wouldn't throw his hat in the ring for the highest job in the land, but he is looking forward to the more profitable venture of another season of "The Celebrity Apprentice." Wah, wah. 

He did say that if he had decided to run, he's confident that he would have won the primaries and then the general election. That's easy to declare when you know there's no way to know for sure now. We're just sayin'.

Here's the full written statement according to ABC News:

After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.

I want to personally thank the millions of Americans who have joined the various Trump grassroots movements and written me letters and e-mails encouraging me to run. My gratitude for your faith and trust in me could never be expressed properly in words. So, I make you this promise: that I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician's thoughts.  My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country.  I will continue to push our President and the country's policy makers to address the dire challenges arising from our unsustainable debt structure and increasing lack of global competitiveness.  Issues, including getting tough on China and other countries that are methodically and systematically taking advantage of the United States, were seldom mentioned before I brought them to the forefront of the country's conversation. They are now being debated vigorously. I will also continue to push for job creation, an initiative that should be this country's top priority and something that I know a lot about. I will not shy away from expressing the opinions that so many of you share yet don't have a medium through which to articulate.

I look forward to supporting the candidate who is the most qualified to help us tackle our country's most important issues and am hopeful that, when this person emerges, he or she will have the courage to take on the challenges of the Office and be the agent of change that this country so desperately needs

Thank you and God Bless America!

The announcement follows statements from NBC's entertainment chairman, Robert Greenblatt, on Sunday declaring that if the real estate mogul and reality host decides to run for president, the show would go on without him. We're sure that's not at all connected to his decision... 

Watch the actual announcement below:



Are you glad to hear his campaign is a no-go? Or were you hoping he would get to say, "President Obama, you're fired!"?

Additional reporting by Rick Porter.
Photo/Video credit: The Baltimore Sun