Donald Trump, whose presidential aspirations a couple of years ago generated months of headlines that cynical observers said were designed to pump up ratings for his NBC show "Celebrity Apprentice," has inserted himself back into the political conversation.
Deadline.com reports that Trump appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” to say that he’s mulling a bid for governor of New York. “I’ll make a decision at some time pretty soon,” Trump said.
The story adds: “That news comes a couple weeks after a group of GOP politicos met with Trump to discuss the possibility of his taking on Gov. Andrew Cuomo next year. In press reports before the meeting, Trump’s EVP Michael Cohen had said Trump had already stated on several occasions that he’s not interested in running for governor of New York.”
Cohen reportedly commented after the meeting: “We had a very interesting meeting and Mr. Trump has agreed to meet with them again at a later date.”
Trump has mulled a run for either governor or president, possibly as a way of stirring up publicity for his various media enterprises, ranging from “Celebrity Apprentice” to the “Miss Universe” pageant, the story notes.
Deadline notes that Trump "famously announced" in May 2011: “I will not be running for president — See you for a great season!,” with that announcement, the piece reports, "turning NBC’s unveiling of its new primetime schedule into a political news conference and demoting NBC’s pitch to advertisers about new dramas ‘The Playboy Club,’ ‘Prime Suspect’ and ‘Grimm,’ and comedies ‘Up All Night,’ ‘Free Agents’ and ‘Whitney’ to BTW status in media coverage of the presentation."