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Trump May Hint at Presidential Aspirations During ‘Apprentice’

Real estate investor Donald Trump listens during a ceremony outside Trump Tower in New York. Photographer: Jeremy Bales/Bloomberg
Real estate investor Donald Trump listens during a ceremony outside Trump Tower in New York. Photographer: Jeremy Bales/Bloomberg

April 14 (Bloomberg) -- The season finale of “Celebrity Apprentice” may also include a hint of real estate developer and program host Donald Trump’s next pursuit, his office announced today.

Trump may reveal the time and place of his announcement on whether he will seek the Republican nomination for president during the May 22 broadcast, according to an email from Michael Cohen, executive vice president and special counsel to Trump. Celebrity Apprentice airs on the NBC television network. NBC Universal is 51 percent owned by Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp.

Trump, 64, is scheduled to speak in June at a Republican fundraising event in Iowa, site of the first 2012 presidential nominating caucuses. He was viewed favorably by 37 percent and unfavorably by 43 percent of respondents in a March 4-7 Bloomberg poll.

Four other Republicans -- former Governors Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia and former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania -- are exploring White House runs.

Trump has questioned whether Barack Obama was born in the United States and therefore is eligible to be president. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the state has confirmed.

The University of Pennsylvania Annenberg Public Policy Center has said such claims were the “goofiest” of “all the nutty rumors, baseless conspiracy theories and sheer disinformation” about the 2008 election.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan D. Salant in Washington at jsalant@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net.

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