Is Donald Trump Back in the 2012 Race?

May 23, 2011 9:14am

ABC News' Sheila Marikar and Rick Klein report: Perhaps Donald Trump didn't really bow out after all.  

The billionaire business mogul phoned into Fox News' "Fox & Friends" this morning to lament the state of the Republican field. He took issue with Mike Huckabee exiting the race, saying he's sure Huckabee could win and he's still sure he could have won. 

Trump refused to rule out a late entry into the Republican presidential field.

"Who knows if I did the right thing," he said. "I am not seeing a lot out of the Republican candidates." 

Asked if there's any chance he'll jump in later in the race, Trump replied, "I can't rule out anything … [It's] vital that we choose the right person, and at this moment, I don't see that person."

On May 8, Trump squashed speculation about his potential candidacy, saying in a statement that he "decided not to pursue the office of the presidency" and was "not ready to leave the private sector." In typical Trump fashion, he pushed his potential political career aside with bravado, saying "I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election." 

UPDATE:  Asked about Trump's comments on "Fox & Friends," Michael Cohen, an executive at the Trump Organization who doubles as Trump's chief political adviser, told ABC News, "The statement speaks for itself and Mr. Trump has no additional comment at this time." 

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