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Trump May Run as Independent in U.S. Presidential Election

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June 20 (Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump said he may run as an independent in U.S. presidential elections next year.

“I am considering doing something as an independent,” the 65-year-old real-estate developer turned reality television star told reporters in Aberdeen, Scotland, today. He said he would make a decision after the 12th series of his show “The Apprentice” is completed. “There’s plenty of time,” he said.

Trump said last month he won’t run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. He was in Scotland today at the start of a three-day trip to promote his new golf resort, whose course is scheduled to open in July next year.

Trump has considered a presidential bid several times in the past, including in 1999 when he formed an exploratory committee to consider running for the nomination to be a third-party candidate with the Reform party.

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