Businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump came to the Iowa Freedom Summit today with a list of problems he says he’d fix as president, from crumbling infrastructure to Social Security and ObamaCare.
“I know what needs to be done to make America great again…The potential is enormous and I am seriously thinking of running for president, ’cause I can do the job,” Trump said, drawing cheers and applause from the crowd.
Trump delivered a blistering assessment of Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, both of whom are being urged to run in 2016 by some of the party’s wealthiest donors and the crowd roared it approval with each Trump jab.
“You just can’t have those two,” Trump said, to cheers. “It’s so simple.”
Trump touted the “incredible company” he’s created and did not mention his reality TV show during his speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit. The crowd often interrupted his remarks with cheers and applause.
“For those of you who know and love Donald Trump,” Trump said in the middle of his speech, to whoops. “There are some of you.”
Trump boasted he’s building “one of the great hotels of the world” near the White House and told the crowd they’d “be proud” when he publicly discloses his financial statement.
“Politicians are all talk, no action,” Trump said, to applause from the crowd. “…I’m a conservative, actually very conservative, and I’m a Republican and I’m very disappointed in our Republican politicians,” Trump said. He was interrupted by affirmations and applause from the crowd before he added: “because they let the president get away with absolute murder.”
AUDIO of Trump’s speech
This is the second time in six months that Trump has traveled to Iowa to speak to a crowd conservatives. He spoke at The Family Leadership Summit in Ames this past August. Trump also did a fundraiser this past fall for Congressman Steve King, the co-host of today’s summit.