CONCORD – Is Donald Trump really running for president?
The Washington Post and NH1 News confirmed Thursday that the real estate mogul and reality TV star will make an announcement on June 16 at Trump Tower in New York City. The very next day, Trump plans to return to New Hampshire, home to the first primary in the race for the White House.
A source close to Trump confirmed the June 16 and 17 dates and termed the announcement as “major,” though they did not confirm outright that Trump would actually announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.
Trump’s already made four trips to the Granite State since March. Earlier this month, Trump told the Washington Post and NH1 News he was seriously weighing a bid. “I look at what’s happening and I say to myself, ‘it’s time, we have to do something because our country’s going to hell’.”
“I would say by the middle of June, the end of June, I will make a decision. I think people are going to be very surprised. I think I’ve made most of that decision already in my own mind,” Trump added.
While Trump’s flirted with presidential bids before -- most recently, four years ago -- this time he’s taking concrete steps towards launching a GOP campaign: hiring staff in New Hampshire and the other early voting states, opening an office in Manchester, and setting up a presidential exploratory committee. Last week, he showcased a 17-member New Hampshire leadership team.