Donald Trump held his presidential announcement at the Trump Tower in New York City, a fitting place to host a speech spent praising Donald Trump.
"It's so nice to be able to say I'm running now, as opposed to 'if I run, if I run'..." - Donald Trumphyphen; NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) June 16, 2015
The newly announced presidential candidate spent time bashing President Barack Obama, as well as offering some thinly veiled swipes at other candidates in his own party.
Mr Trump is now the 12th Republican to announce White House ambitions for 2016, with more likely to be added to that list.
While ‘The Donald’ has garnered a lot of attention with his speech, who would actually vote for him?
Those who find confidence sexy
Mr Trump could hardly be confused for a model of modesty, but he brought his trademark bravado on Tuesday to his presidential announcement. At one point in his speech he said, “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created”.
He made a point to remind viewers more than once that he is, indeed, very rich. He even invited President Obama to play golf at one of his many courses.
Donald Trump invites President Obama to 'leave early' and play golf on one of his courses, which he called the best in the world.hyphen; NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) June 16, 2015
People who want a tougher stance against Isis
Senator Lindsey Graham was supposed to be the most hawkish Republican candidate, but Mr Trump has other ideas. He said nobody else would be tougher on Isis than he would be. Mr Trump is currently ahead of Mr Graham in the early polls.
"Nobody will be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump" -Trumphyphen; NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) June 16, 2015
Voters who think the US should be the unquestioned leader in world trade
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people." - Donald Trumphyphen; NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) June 16, 2015
Mr Trump began his announcement by saying the US was “losing” to China and Japan in global trade and went on to say that Mexico was also guilty of stealing US jobs. He also lamented the lack of American cars on Japanese streets, which we checked out.
“We need somebody that can take the brand of the United States and make it great again,” Mr Trump said.
The toughest opponents of immigration
While Mr Trump caused a bit of controversy by implying that Mexican immigrants are either criminals or rapists, the focus here will be his immigration plan. It’s fair to say that a path to citizenship is not among his policies.
To keep out the “criminals and rapists”, Mr Trump said, “I would build a great wall…very inexpensive…on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall”.
"I would build a great wall...very inexpensive ... on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall." -Donald Trumphyphen; NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) June 16, 2015
Surely that’s a plan Mexicans can get behind.
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